LAN­CAIR LAUNCHES TWO-SEAT BAR­RACUDA

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It’s been only a year and a half since the Huff­s­tut­ler fam­ily took over Lan­cair In­ter­na­tional and re­lo­cated the as­sets from the head­quar­ters in Red­mond, Ore­gon, and the man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Cebu, Philip­pines, to Uvalde, Texas, but since then, the com­pany has al­ready an­nounced two new air­plane mod­els. Stick­ing with the mar­itime nomen­cla­ture — the first model be­ing the Mako — the lat­est ad­di­tion is called the Bar­racuda.

The two-seat Bar­racuda is a de­riv­a­tive of the speedy Legacy air­frame. It has a longer one-piece wing, which Lan­cair says makes the build time quicker and the flight char­ac­ter­is­tics more docile. The Bar­racuda also fea­tures the same auto-re­tractable nose gear in­stalled on the Mako.

“The Bar­racuda is a 2-2-2 propo­si­tion — two seats and 200-knot cruise for only $200,000,” says Lan­cair pres­i­dent Con­rad Huff­s­tut­ler. “We’ve taken the best fea­tures of the Mako and cre­ated an en­try-level Lan­cair for the pi­lot who wants max­i­mum per­for­mance with a min­i­mum in­vest­ment of build time and bud­get. We’re ex­pect­ing to take a big bite of the two-seat per­for­mance mar­ket.”

The air­plane is pow­ered by a 210 hp Ly­coming O-390 en­gine and has a 65-gal­lon fuel tank, giv­ing the Bar­racuda a 1,200 nm range. Other en­gine choices are avail­able with added costs and dif­fer­ent per­for­mance numbers. The $200,000 price tag also in­cludes the highly ca­pa­ble Garmin G3X/GTN 750 com­bi­na­tion along with a GTX 45R transpon­der, with ADS-B In and Out ca­pa­bil­ity, and a 406 MHz ELT. Paint and in­te­rior costs are not in­cluded. How­ever, a two-week builder-as­sist pro­gram at the fac­tory in Uvalde is in­cluded. Cus­tomers who want a com­plete air­plane can have one for an ex­tra $75,000, though it comes with ad­di­tional re­stric­tions.

Lan­cair is tak­ing or­ders for the Bar­racuda, though it won’t be avail­able un­til next year. Lan­cair also sup­ports the for­mer 320-360, ES-ESP, IV-IVP and Legacy mod­els.

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