Twister Open House, April 9, 2004
our great joy, the Twister kit plane arrived on February 18th,
and like a bunch of six-year-olds on Christmas, opened each box with
excitement. To make it easier
for future Twister builders, Pacific AeroSport is requesting the kit be
placed on the 51% Rule List. Unfortunately,
we could not commence with building until the FAA gave the preliminary
“go-ahead”. This short term
delay will clearly make it better in the long run for builders.
On March 30th, the FAA waved the start flag and the
building process began. To aid
in this process, the plane designers flew over from Germany for two weeks.
The work is going fantastically well and faster than expected!
designers are heading home on Easter Sunday, and in recognition, we would
like to invite anyone interested to a small open house Saturday afternoon, April
10th, at 3:00 PM at our facility to view the new Twister kit
plane. After only a little more
than one week, we had it essentially assembled and sitting on it’s gear.
We hope you can take a few minutes and stop by.
New Two Blade Propeller Tested - February 24, 2004
Last week Silence Flugzeugbau tested the wooden
GT-2/142/vvU-FW101SRC-SCIA two blade propeller on the #3 prototype aircraft
with the Jabiru 2200 engine. The results were very good. The
propeller is a small diameter, only 55.9 inches, resulting in high RPMs during
cruise, limited by the maximum continuous engine RPM of 3300.
The maximum climb rate was achieved at 65 kts/75 mph and 75
kts/86 mph from an altitude of 2000 ft. up to 3000 ft. At both speeds
the climb rate was 1500 ft/min at a take-off weight of 715 lbs.
The maximum speed was tested with GPS on four cardinal
headings that calculated out to 127 kts/146 mph. This was very
encouraging, because it indicates that the original projected 130 knot
cruise speed may be achievable with a small pitch change.
- Images of the
new 2-blade GT propeller currently being tested.
Please visit the photo
gallery for more images of the Twister!
Kit in North America - February 17, 2004
We are pleased to announce that
the long awaited Twister kit is finally in our shop in Arlington,
Washington. The retrieval from the port of Tacoma went very
smooth. With the latest Mad Cow scare and terrorist threats, we
expected the worst, but were pleasantly surprised. The only thing we
had to do was to make some minor wiring changes to get the tail lights
working correctly for our US DOT. Thanks to some instructions from
Cobra trailers in Germany, we were prepared and were able to make the
changes in no time.
After we arrived at our shop, it
was like Christmas all over again, opening up the trailer and unpacking the
parts. The first impression that everyone had was amazement at
how light the parts are. The rudder, aileron, and even the seat pan
are feather light. The metal parts machining and composite fabrication
quality is very good.
Mike Friend, owner of the first North American Twister, stands with his new
kit after picking it up at the port of Tacoma.
- The freshly unpacked kit out for a
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