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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Fifi and Electric Lazair highlight early ultralight arrivals

By DAN GRUNLOH, Editor, Light Plane World
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Kolb Firely ultralight Fifi.

A Kolb Firefly ultralight named Fifi was among the first dozen planes to arrive at the Ultralight area at AirVenture 2011. Jerry “Engine” Anderson brought the plane to Oshkosh on a trailer because as a legal ultralight with a 5-gallon fuel tank and a working range of about 50 miles, the 300-mile flight from Two Harbors, Minnesota, would have been a strain. Jerry also flies a two-place RANS, but he brought his Firefly instead. Quicksilvers are still arriving for the Quicksilver tribute, and an electric Lazair is flying in the ultralight pattern.

Dale Kramer, the original designer of the twin-engine Lazair, decided to display an electric version of his creation in the Ultralight area instead of the Innovation Center with other electric planes because he wants to fly it often. With a daily morning and evening flying session available, many AirVenture attendees will have the chance to see (and hear) it flying up close.

His first flight Sunday evening captivated spectators and proved the two 20-hp electric motors derated to 13 hp were more than adequate to fly the lightweight craft. The flight time is 45 minutes for the amphibious floatplane, and the charge time is 75 minutes.

Check the Light Plane World Facebook page for more news and updates from the Ultralight/Light Plane area at AirVenture. You can also follow all the AirVenture action at AirVenture LIVE.

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