Italy's SAB Aerospace has expanded into the US light sport aircraft market by introducing a derivative of the Falco kit aircraft.

The Vulcan C-100 light sport aircraft debuted at the Sun n' Fun air show in Lakeland, Florida, which ran from 13 to 18 April. Benevento-based SAB Aviation has hired Florida-based Light Sport America to help certify the C-100 to US standards. According to Light Sport America president Phil McCoy, the self-certification process began last August, and the data package will be presented to the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of this month.

Flight testing began last September and the prototype had completed 50 hours by the time it arrived at the air show.

Demonstration flights in the USA are scheduled for later this month. Deliveries will commence roughly three months after the first order is secured.

SAB Falco light sport aircraft
 © SAB

SAB Aviation is a new subsidiary of SAB Aerospace, a small Italian manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite components. It launched into the general aviation market by purchasing Italy's Corivi Aviation, which had been offering the C-100 ultralight kitplane.

SAB's retractable gear version of the C-100, intended for the European market, can cruise at a speed of up to 135kt (250km/h). SAB plans to begin sales this month, offering both production and kit options.

The fixed-gear version, designed to meet US standards, will cruise at 111kt with a 260kg (573lb) useful load and a 12,000ft (3,660m) ceiling. The Rotax 912 ULS engine powers both C-100 variants.

Source: Flight International