An iPad-mounted avionics panel? There’s an app for that. Or, rather, make that several apps.
SportairUSA, based in Little Rock, Ark., recently unveiled its iCub, a light-sport aircraft that will set you back $92,000 for the standard iCub, while an optional Bush iCub with stronger axles and larger wheels costs $99,000.
The model evolved from the company’s Cruiser-model taildragger.
It’s most original feature is a panel-mounted iPad that runs a WingXpro7 GPS-enabled terrain-aware moving map, ForeFlight Mobile HD, ForeFlight Charts, an iHUD (EFIS) and MotionX GPS HD. Other software includes a Knot-tying guide, an Army First Aid manual, an SAS survival guide, and FAR reference guide among several others. Check out a complete list of programs here.
A 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS motor, along with a 2-blade wooden prop, gives the LSA power for its 18-gallon tank. The interior features leather seating and a baggage area / cargo net.
“Light, tough and powerful, the iCub delivers 565 lbs of useful load along with short take-offs and landings in an affordable light sport aircraft,” the company’s web site says. See more features here.
Get a glimpse of the Bush iCub at AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, Wisc., July 26 – Aug. 1. The SportairUSA exhibit will be located in space 62, across from the LSA Mall.