The last week of July was a fantastic experience from AirVenture 2017. The RDD team flew the recently completed LX7, N141DP, to the biggest aviation show on earth.
The entire experience was filled with firsts for the team and for the airplane. The show was very well attended and the traffic through the display was extremely busy. It was both fun and rewarding to watch the flying public grasp the capabilities and elegance of the design first hand.
This was all capped off with a non-stop flight from Oshkosh to Redmond of just over 6 hours. The airplane did great and continued to impress us with a steady 250 knot true airspeed performance all the way home on 17 gallons of fuel per hour. View N141DP on the FlightAware website >
The most intriguing statistic was the evidence of excellent flying performance of the wing as demonstrated by the steady speed from start of cruise to start of descent. The indicated airspeed remained constant despite burning over 600 lbs of fuel. This means the wing is flying nicely in its performance profile at all weights.
Now that we are back in Redmond the activity level has not subsided a bit. Serial number 2 will get its wing next week, while serial number 3 has started into the process of the initial preparation of the fuselage. Both serial numbers have a delivery date on or before the end of October. There will be 4 more flying LX7s before the end of the year.
We are very excited about the progress that has been made in all areas of the company to make this project a reality. We welcome you to visit and see first hand what we are doing to advance experimental aviation in safety and manufacturing repeatability.
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