All-car­bon Ex­tra

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At July’s EAA Air­ven­ture at Oshkosh Ex­tra Air­craft un­veiled the two-seat Ex­tra NG, which prom­ises ‘a step up in per­for­mance and cra­dles the pi­lot in a lux­u­ri­ous seat in front of avion­ics not com­mon in older aer­o­bats’. The NG has a rigid full-car­bon fuse­lage struc­ture and a car­bon fi­bre wing with in­te­gral fuel tanks. Power comes from a 315hp Ly­coming AEIO-580-B1A driv­ing a Mühlbauer three-blade com­pos­ite pro­pel­ler. The air­frame is stressed to +/-10g.

“What dif­fer­en­ti­ates this aero­plane from the oth­ers is that it’s an­other step for­ward,” says Wal­ter Ex­tra. “We have more per­for­mance, more ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. It’s a huge leap for­ward in terms of com­fort. It’s much more roomy. I’ve never been in a cock­pit close to this, at least when it comes to aer­o­batic air­planes. Since there’s no more tubu­lar struc­ture in­hibit­ing your el­bow clear­ance, I think the front seat com­fort comes close to the com­fort that you were used to in the rear seat.”

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