Mon, Feb 18, 2013
Renegade Light Sport Goes For An All-American Light Sport 'Twist & Shout' Aircraft In 2013
Just a week after announcing their move to a new a 70,000 foot facility at the St Lucie County Airport (KFPR) in Fort Pierce Florida, Renegade Light Sport Aircraft said that it is getting set to manufacture the first Renegade Carbon Pitts LS1 and LS2 aircraft. This is the same company who brought the first fully aerobatic light sport to the market with their Lycoming AE-IO-233 powered Renegade FK-12 Comet (shown here).
Renegade has elected to end their partnership with the FK-12 European product favoring the superior and well proven Pitts airframe. Citing difficulties with the European manufacturer and the U.S. distributor "the Comet just isn’t what we want to be involved with," said Renegade owner and CEO Christopher "Doc" Bailey.
Instead, Renegade has elected to build an all-U.S.-manufactured airframe with Renegade's well known expertise with the Lycoming LSA engine configuration. This week Renegade formally announces the new Lycoming powered “Renegade Carbon Pitts models”; the LS1 and LS2, Light Sport compliant single and two seat fully aerobatic LSA aircraft.
“This is yet another bold move to bring a 100% America made Lycoming Powered aircraft to the LSA market,” commented Philip Wyatt, Director of Marketing for Renegade. “We are so pleased to have had Steve Wolf deliver our prototype S2 last Saturday. Steve has been commissioned by Renegade to provide all the aerobatic instruction for each new Carbon Pitts purchased. We believe that there is no one on the planet with a deeper understanding of aerobatic training than Steve Wolf of Wing Over Aviation. We will be looking to immediately manufacture the Carbon LS1 airframe (shown below) with our two seat LS2 soon to follow by Air venture Oshkosh 2013 right out of our new manufacturing facility at Ft. Pierce FL."
The Carbon Pitts LSA will be revised into a Ceconite fabric over carbon fiber construction and will be powered by the Lycoming AE-IO-233 fuel injected, fully aerobatic, electronic ignition engine. The Carbon Pitts will be capable of fully inverted flight and producing 124 horsepower in its well-known Renegade Lycoming LSA configuration. The LS1 will weigh in at or just below 650 pounds total empty weight. “Renegade plans on utilizing state of the art Carbon Fiber internal wing structure with a fabric covering that has proven to be the lightest and strongest method of fabrication for this small but mighty aircraft. The Renegade Pitts will have a much wider cabin and superior weight to horsepower ratio. This will be a wonderful addition to the LSA community,” Bailey said.
The Carbon Pitts models will be added to the company's Lycoming-powered Light Sport aircraft fleet. Renegade says it is fully on track to realize its plans of "developing a full range of fantastic American-made Lycoming-powered Light Sport Aircraft." Renegade plans to bring the Carbon Pitts line into conformity with the ASTM F-37 standards by the spring of 2013.
(Image provided by Renegade Light Sport)
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