Aerobatic aircraft specialist XtremeAir is reaching into the recreational sport-flying market with a new XA42 “Gold” version of its XA42 model and is hoping to bring in a new generation of flyers with its XA22 trainer under development.
The XA42 will have the same performance as the original XA42 aerobatic model, but incorporate features that would appeal to a broader range of pilots, including those who are more interested in recreational flying, said Eric van der Snoek, head of the design organization for XtremeAir. These include larger baggage capacity with weight up to 25 kg (55 pounds) and access to the cargo compartment from the outside. The aircraft further incorporates an automatic step that lowers when the canopy is lifted for ease of access and leather seating for a more upscale feel.
One of the most significant changes includes a new all-glass flight deck with a Garmin G3X primary flight display, G5 EFIS, GTN 650 GPS, and GFC 500 autopilot, among other features. XtremeAir is eying certification by year-end. While the price is not yet set, van der Snoek estimated it would be in the range of about €400,000 ($450,000).
At the same time, XtremeAir is developing an XA22 trainer aerobatic aircraft that will have similar flight characteristics, but be equipped with a 210-hp four-cylinder Lycoming AEIO-390 engine (versus the XA42 Lycoming 315-hp AEIO-580-B1A). The aircraft will have a load of +/-8g, while the XA42 Gold has +/-10g. Also specific to the XA22 will be duplicated ergonomics for the front and rear seat to provide students with the same feel in handling as the instructor.
Range of the XA22 will be 782 nm and cruise speed will be 156 knots, with a top speed of 225 knots.
Plans call for flying the prototype by the end of the summer, with certification possible next year. Van der Snoek said the aircraft was designed with roomier cockpits to be more comfortable for students, with an eye on attracting a new generation to aerobatic flying. Price of this model is anticipated at €250,000 ($281,000).