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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:02 pm    Post subject: Up date on lightning progress for all Reply with quote

The lightning is progressing well. As with anything new we are trying to keep up with the growth and intrest in this aircraft. Many things including finished build and Flight manuals, as well as improved kit components, are on the top of the list of things to do. We currently are trying to deliver 4 kits a month although its more like 3, mosly due to supply from are OEM's and a lillte learning curve too. There are some 28 kits out there with 10 to deliver yet...5 are flying with several awaitng there inspections. The portotype is still being flown on a regular basis and makes apperances at many shows until we get are Demo flying. the demo aircraft is being built and should be off to paint at the end of this week and flying in march. The fiberglass shop that is building the major componenets is always serching for new cores and materials to get as much usefull load as we can out of the plane. The last ones out are under 800lbs empty for a very well equiped aircraft. 3 of the kits deliverd have gone to australia with 2 more this week and 3 more at the end of january. So we have been very overwhelmed here and are just trying to put things in a order we can deal with. There will be 5 confirmed Lightnings for the SUN N FUN show of which 3 will be customer built aircraft. I am sorry that we haven't updated the web site and will try to this week, with a few pics of the newly finished planes, our build facility, and links to the build and flight manuals.

Thank you very much for all of the intrest and we hope to make big strides this year with the Lightning.

Nick Otterback
Production Manager
Arion Aircraft LLC

Daniel Vandenberg <djvdb63(at)> wrote:

That's good to hear. I'm fighting the "Lightning vs. RV-9A" battle in my head. This has been discussed before on this list. The 5100 would be a great engine for the 9. It may be for the Lightning too if the factory approves in the future.

By the the factory...for those of us watching the Lightning development, more frequent updates on the website would be helpful. As far as I can tell the only update to the website (other than adding a computerized digital paint job to the prototype flying picture on the homepage) since August has been to the price Sad

Why not start a section on the home page that give weekly or monthly updates something like the following:

1. Number of kits paid for...

2. Number of kits delivered to customers (either to the builders center or at home)

3. Number of kits under construction at the factory assistance center

4. Number of kits under construction at customers's homes/shops

5. Number of kits completed and flown.

This sort of information, combined with more frequent photo updates of customer's projects and prototype improvements, would help us potential customers to feel confident that the Lightning is in the early stages of a long and successful production run.


Laurie Hoffman <lozhoffman(at)> wrote: [quote]--> Lightning-List message posted by: Laurie Hoffman

Hi All,
The Jabiru 8cyl is currently out of production due the
overwhelming demand for the 4 and 6 cyl engines.

The factory said that there have been no technical
issues with the 180hp engine. They just cant supply
enough of the others at this stage with current orders
not being able to be met till sept/Oct.

They are increasing production capacity and will be
offering the 180hp engine again as soon as they begin
to catch up with the 4s and 6s.

--- Daniel Vandenberg wrote:

Somebody brought up the 8-cyl Jabiru 5100. You guys
in Tenn must have inside knowledge on this issue.
My understanding was that the factory in Australia
discontinued the engine because of problems with
early production engines...combined with need for
more production capacity for the 3300.

What were the problems with the 5100?

What are it's chances of re-entering production?



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