SAM Aircraft is readying for Sebring, with an advance look at its new SAM LS, a retro-look LSA with modern comfort, technology, and flying manners.
The shiny aluminum bird was most-recently revealed to the public at Oshkosh and at Wings Over Gatineau, in Canada in September, where 30,000 attendees had a look at its new cowl and nearly-complete interior and panel.
Ultimate load testing was completed without any surprises by the end of September. A 7.9g load was applied on a wing to simulate a vertical gust of 15 m/s per the LSA ASTM regulations. (Per LSA limit, the gross weight of the aircraft is 1320 lbs.) The SAM LS was also tested under load to demonstrate full aileron operation. “We know that the wing is safe and strong,” says SAM president, Thierry Zibi.
Much more will be shown on the Factory Tour, which will take place on Saturday, December 15, between 10a.m. and 5p.m. Appointments are not needed; the event is free. It would be appreciated if press who plan to attend would email or call in advance, so information can be kept aside for you.
First Flights of conforming prototype herald opening of order book.
The SAM LS will be flying before Sebring, and a large part of its flight envelope will be revealed there. The Sebring show will provide the first opportunity for prospective customers to place orders for their SAM LS. SAM Aircraft is a Premier Partner of the 9th Annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo to be held January 17-20, 2013 at the Sebring Regional Airport in central Florida.
Please visit Sam Aircraft at booth #1 at Sebring exhibition to come aboard the SAM LS.
To get familiar with the SAM LS, photos of construction and much more are
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