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Extra Aircraft’s Turboprop Is All Business

Mary Grady

Germany’s Extra Aircraft is best known in the U.S. for high-end aerobatic sport planes, but the company is trying to change that with a ramped-up effort to market its six-seat Spirit 500 turboprop in North America. The all-carbon-fiber Spirit provides executive transport with a spacious pressurized cabin, an efficient Rolls- Royce engine, low fuel burn of 19 gallons per hour, and a range of 1,600 miles. Avidyne’s latest avionics package, Entegra Release 9, is standard equipment in the cockpit. The company is working to open its new North American headquarters and assembly plant in Montrose, Colorado. The Spirit sells for $1.65 million. (800.990.4870, www.extraaircraft.com)

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