Italian airframer Oma Sud (ohm-ah sude) revealed yesterday at EAA's AirVenture that it is developing an all-composite factory-built Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) called the Red Bird that will fly for the first time late in August or early September. The aircraft will be a retractable low-wing design with side-by-side seating, powered by a 100hp Rotax 912 engine.
Officials say the aircraft will fly initially as an ultralight, and will then be certified in Europe as a very light aircraft by the end of 2011. A fixed gear version that meets ASTM light sport aircraft ASTM standards will then be offered in the US.
The company is here this year for the first time at Oshkosh, displaying its twin engine Skycar pusher (pictured below), which it plans to receive FAA approval for by November. Skycar received European certification in December 2009.