MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - March 10, 2014) -
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The world of sport aviation is currently being revolutionized by the use of strong and light carbon fiber. The Blackshape CF300 Prime two-seater, the first ultra-light sport aircraft made entirely from carbon fiber and conceived using Formula One tools and methods will be distributed in North America by the Aircité Aviation - Aviasport partnership.
The Prime delivers incredible performance and economy, all for a very low operating cost. Using a complete suite of electronic equipment, the Prime redefines the standards for pleasure and efficiency by taking full advantage of the strength and light weight of carbon fiber. The well-known and respected 100 hp Rotax 912 ULS engine contributes to the reliability and efficiency of operation of this futuristic aircraft.
The Prime takes full advantage of its low weight to deliver unmatched performance numbers that redefine the standards for this class of aircraft: maximal speed (VNE) of 340 km/h, cruising speed at 75% throttle up to 275 km/h, and maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 560 kg. With two tanks totaling 110 liters, the range at cruising speed is up to 1100 km. In economy mode (225 km/h), the maximum range goes up to 1700 km. Minimum strip length for takeoff and landing is 150 meters on a paved or smooth natural surface.
Developed and produced since 2011 by Blackshape SpA in Italy, the Prime is now well known in Europe and the Middle-East. In fact, the Italian Navy is working with Blackshape SpA to develop a program using Prime aircraft to train its pilots on carrier-borne operations. Military applications are extremely demanding, and this is further proof of the Prime's design integrity, strength, safety and reliability.
Standard equipment on the Prime matches advanced and upscale aircraft: retractable landing gear, digital instrumentation combining EFIS - EMS - GPS, variable pitch propeller, autopilot, survival cell and ballistic parachute. An extensive suite of options, including a more complete instrumentation and a more sophisticated cockpit are also available.
Approved by Transport Canada for the Advanced Ultralight Aircraft (AULA) class, the Blackshape CF300 Prime opens up a new segment in the high performance sport aircraft market. A more evolved version with 115HP and a 750 kg maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is in preparation for certification in Canada and the United States.
The AULA version base model Prime is available for $269,000 CAD. A demonstration model will be available for testing in April at the Lachute (QC) Airport, 40 minutes west of Montreal.
Founded in 2012 by Ray Courtemanche Jr. and Daniel Proulx, Aircité Aviation's mission is to import to North America industry-leading sporting aircraft. These machines of various sizes, will share one characteristic: state-of-the-art technology and performance in that market segment.
Ray Courtemanche Jr. specializes in the development of major residential projects, and races cars in NASCAR Canada events. Ray Jr. is naturally excited about the Prime project. "I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie and I love off-the-beaten-path projects. I always kept up with developments in sporting aviation, and could not stay away from the Prime when I first heard about it and about how well it performed." Daniel Proulx, Ray Jr's partner at Aircité Aviation, is also passionate about performance, and jumped at this new opportunity. "After I realized the level of quality and the outstanding performance of the machine, I did not need much convincing to join up with Ray Jr. in the project."
The partners will work with Aviasport Inc, a company based at the Lachute (QC) Airport and whose president, Nicolas Horn, has extensive experience as a pilot and instructor on new-generation light aircraft.
Founded in 2010 by current owner and President Nicolas Horn, Aviasport specialise in the sales and service of light sporting aircraft and in the delivery of training and associated services.
With over ten years and 2300 hours of flight time (1500 in light sport aircraft) in Europe and now North America, Nicolas Horn will act as the key technical resource for the project. ''I have been following the development of the Blackshape Prime very closely from the first flights of the prototype. I also met with Blackshape designers and management in 2012 to develop a plan to distribute the Prime in North America."
This interest by Nicolas led to today's cooperation with Aircité Aviation to sell the Prime and to support the aircraft that Nicolas considers as "The most sophisticated light sporting aircraft in that segment."
Blackshape's mission is to create and manufacture private aircraft of all sizes using the best possible design, materials and quality, and delivering industry-leading performance, safety and low operating costs, all without compromising on the integrity of the design.
After-sales support and services are key to Blackshape's approach to its markets. This includes building enthusiasm for light sporting aircraft, and working with its distribution network and with customers to ensure the best possible services, and to maximise owner enjoyment of its products. http://www.blackshapeaircraft.com/.
Blackshape CF300 Prime
The CF300 Prime remains the only aircraft in the high performance ultra light segment to feature a 100% Carbon Fiber airframe, to optimise stiffness and strengh, safety and low weight. A bespoke advanced software diagnostic module supervises all the major in-flight parameters and produces real-time information in flight as well as post-flight reports on the state and performance of the major systems.
The judicious mix of versatility and sporting characteristics produces a unique flight experience aboard the Prime, especially for those who look for the best of all worlds. This includes those looking for the best sporting experience, the experienced and demanding pilot who enjoys using a precise, sophisticated tool for his pastime, and the businessman looking to increase his productivity by reducing travel delays.
CF300 Prime Weight and Distance Specifications
(Information source: Blackshape)
|Absolute maximum speed (Vne)
|Cruising speed @ 75%
|Maximum takeoff weight
|Maximum range in economy mode
Excellent low speed manoeuvrability on takeoff and landing, along with a sturdy tricycle landing gear allows the Prime to operate on 150 m. paved or unpaved strips.
Modern modelling, calculation, simulation and manufacturing software tools were used to create the Prime airframe and systems. For example, these tools helped to optimise interior space and carry two passengers of up to 95% percentile comfortably. The ergonomic seats remain comfortable over long distances, and rear seat placement optimises visibility for tandem flying.
The Prime uses the best possible materials and an extensive set of features and standard equipment. Materials include pre impregnated FAR 25 self-extinguishing carbon fiber, 4130 alloy and 7075 anodised aluminum, and two explosion-resistant 55 liter fuel tanks. Standard equipment includes AESE-approved four-point safety belts, the Blackshape ADM self-diagnostic software, a stall alarm, an integrated ballistic parachute, electrical control of flaps and ailerons, a FAR 25-approved interior cloth material, an analog instrument suite and a Becker AR4201 radio.
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