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Windeagle peps up Windecker project

Canada's Windeagle Aircraft plans to produce the five-seat Windecker Eagle light aircraft, which became the first all-composite aircraft to win US certification in the 1970s, but which never entered production.

The Windeagle is powered by a 210kW (285hp) Teledyne Continental IO-520, but the company plans to install a more-powerful IO-550C and to redesign the wing spars to reduce weight. The current E-285 version has a cruise speed of 180kt (330km/h), although there are also plans for an E-750T version, re-engined with a 560kW Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C, giving a 245kt cruise speed and extended range.

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