Earlier this year, Darryl Murphy, owner and founder of Murphy Aircraft Mfg. announced that the company received numerous inquires for an S-LSA certified Rebel as well as E-LSA Rebel kits. "The number of inquires are too large to ignore so we have decided to take the Rebel through the S-LSA certification process. We are targeting late 2016 for E-LSA kit deliveries. Ready to fly S-LSA Rebel deliveries will depend on demand," Murphy said.
A new plane for high performance bush flying is also in the works: "Our second exciting project is a completely new aircraft design. Feedback from our many existing Rebel owners tells us there is a market for an aircraft with even greater performance, power and STOL capabilities and we have been listening. Although the Rebel is a good foundation to start from, the new aircraft is essentially a brand new design. A higher gross weight, more wing area and capable of using engines up to 220 hp it will incorporate many of the best features of the Rebel, Elite, Maverick and Super Rebel. We are looking to unveil it at Oshkosh in July. The new aircraft has been named the Radical Rebel."
Radical Rebel preliminary specifications are:
- Max seats: 2
- Gross weight: 1,900 lb
- Wing area: 180 sq ft
- Wing span: 36 ft
- Wing chord: 5 ft
- Wing loading: 10.6 lb/sq ft
- Hp range: 130-220 hp
- Power loading: 9 lb - 12.7 lb/hp depending on engine
- Lycoming 320, 360, 390
- Franklin 350
- Rotax 914 and 915 at reduced gross
To facilitate timely completion of the two projects Murphy Aircraft hired Zrinko Amerl as General Manager. A long-time pilot and successful entrepreneur, Zrinko is taking care of sales and the day to day running of the company leaving Darryl to devote the majority of his time to certifying the S-LSA Rebel and design, construction and testing of the Radical Rebel.
Radical Rebel and Rebel ELSA will be offered at special pricing for a limited quantity. For further information please visit: www.murphyair.com or contact Zrinko Amerl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-792-5855 x101.