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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.

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