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Evolution by Lancair number four takes to the air

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Friday Dec, 18, 2009

Evolution by Lancair number 4 takes to the air.

Today Jeff Edwards flew his new Evolution for the first time. Jeff and Shelby Edwards of Chesterfield, Missouri began the construction of their PT6 powered Evolution kit with their two week builder’s assist program at the Lancair factory in May 2009 and then, assisted by Brian Harris (Composite Approach, Redmond, OR) brought it to today’s first flight in only 8 months. Their Evolution passed its’ FAA D.A.R. Airworthiness inspection in one day on the first try, approximately one week ago. Final preparations for the first flight went smoothly and N818SJ took off today from KRDM at 2:47pm. Jeff, a former Naval Flight Officer(A-6), accident investigator (Avsafe, LLC), and former Flight Instructor of the Year, reported no problems during the 30 minute first flight. After the flight, while thanking all who helped, he commented, “I’m overwhelmed! What an airplane. It exceeds every expectation.” Jeff and Shelby are no strangers to building a Lancair as they took delivery of a Lancair IV-P kit in 1999 and in three years produced a beautiful, award winning aircraft. When completely finished, their Evolution is sure to be one as well.

The Lancair Evolution is a high performance, pressurized, all composite, four place owner built single available with either a Pratt& Whitney PT-6 Turboprop engine or a Lycoming TEO-540 iE2 electronically controlled piston engine.

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Lancair International Inc, founded in 1984, is celebrating its 25th year selling the world's most successful high performance piston and turbine kit aircraft. They offer a selection of seven aircraft as Fastbuild kits: The Lancair Legacy Fixed Gear, Lancair Legacy, Lancair ES, Lancair ES-P, Lancair IV, Lancair IV-P, and the Lancair Evolution. To date, the company has delivered over 2,000 kits. As testimony to their quality and design, Lancair aircraft have set a number of world speed records and