Making Its Debut In France This Week
LH Aviation unveils its new homebuilt aircraft this week, during
the Avia Expo show. The LH-10 Ellipse is a two place aircraft with
mid mounted engine and pusher propeller.
LH Aviation, based in Merville, France, displayed for the first
time a full scale fuselage mock up. What makes the LH-10 Ellipse
stand out is its composite construction and wide speed range.
Sightseeing at 100 kts, pilot and passenger can enjoy exceptional
visibility and low noise while burning only 1.8 gallons of fuel per
hour. But this aircraft can also fly long distances at 200 kts,
leaving most light airplanes on the market way behind.
Thanks to state of the art high lift devices and a remarkable
thrust to weight ratio, the LH-10 Ellipse can operate from small,
unimproved airfields. Power is provided by a Masschi 105, a 105hp,
liquid cooled flat four engine. It drives a four bladed automatic
variable pitch pusher propeller through a carbon fibre drive
LH Aviation is a major shareholder of Masschi Motor Company,
which is developing the Masschi 105 The LH-10 Ellipse will be
available either with fixed or electric retractable landing gear.
Full span flaperons give good roll control and high lift at low
The aircraft is built according to the strict requirements of
the FAR-23. The LH-10 Ellipse was developed and designed completely
on computers, requiring the equivalent of 1.5 tons of paper.
The LH-10 Ellipse will be available as a quick built kit, with
most composite structural parts bonded and ready for assembly. LH
Aviation will offer builder formation courses and builder
assistance that will enable even those without previous aircraft
building experience to completely finish the LH-10 Ellipse.
LH Aviation was created in spring 2004 by Sebastien Lefebvre and
Frederic Hubschwerlen. Design of the LH-10 Ellipse started in June
2003, when both engineers decided to design a two seat airplane
that fulfills their dream of a high performance, high quality and
high technology aircraft.
Prototype construction began in September 2003, and the first
flight is expected before 2005.