GAMEBIRD FAA CERTIFIED
The team at Bentonville, Arkansas-based Game Composites can breathe a sigh of relief now that the FAA has signed the Part 23 certification paperwork for the GB1 Gamebird. The fully aerobatic two-seat airplane was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency earlier this year. The initial development for the airplane was done in England, where the GB1 Gamebird was first hatched in 2013. Aerobatic pilot and designer Philipp Steinbach and a small team of engineers created the airplane using CAD software. Even with its transatlantic move to Bentonville last year, the Game Composites team was able to get the airplane certified in only four years — a feat that takes most manufacturers at least a decade. Powered by a 303 hp Lycoming AEIO-580 spinning a four-blade MT prop, the carbon-fiber Gamebird is a versatile airplane capable of unlimited aerobatics at plus- and minus-10 G. Pushrods provide a roll rate of 400 degrees per second at 200 kias. Shifting the CG with a removable 25-pound weight in the tail section, the airplane can quickly go from an unlimited aerobatic performer to a stable crosscountry platform with an impressive 1,000 nm range. There is also a 30-pound baggage compartment for added versatility. The base price for the Gamebird is $400,000.