Important Announcement from the Evolution Aircraft Company

Evolution Customer Update October 5th, 2017
As you all can imagine from my first message, the past 48 hours have been pretty all-consuming. We have completed the first phase of our restructure and are now developing the specific needs and processes to move forward.
Company update:
Tuesday afternoon October 3, 2017, we had to lay-off 22 full-time employees out of 49 total.
At present, our focus is on fulfilling all current orders, primarily in the avionics portion of the business. We also have three complete Turbine Evolution kits on hand and they are certainly for sale! These kits will be sold to new customers only with their explicit understanding that as we work through our current situation to deliver all outstanding orders, we will be working just as hard to restructure successfully for the long term. The longer term plan, at this time, is just less certain.
Up until recently, I believed the improvements we have achieved in both the product and the marketing were enough to keep us going. However, several recent incidents out of our control created a bit of a crisis for our company. These include the market for aircraft insurance and delays in deliveries of some redesigned high value-added components. This caused me to question our ability to sustain the sales volume necessary to support us for the long-term with recent staff size.
In addition, we had two customers late in the kit manufacturing process withdraw from their purchase for personal reasons after their kits were almost complete. This put us in the unfortunate position that we had to change our short-term direction immediately to ensure we are able to fulfill all of our commitments to our valued customers whose airframe kits have been fully completed and delivered but whose avionics panels and engine firewall forward packages are still in production.
Rather than expend all our resources hoping sales will come in time, we decided the best course of action was to “right-size” our workforce to what is needed to complete the work we already have until I can secure adequate investment to move forward. As you might imagine, I have been and am continuing to work with a number of investors to re-capitalize the business. To that end, any of you that might know someone who is seriously interested in discussing this opportunity with me please let me know.
Our management team:
I have re-assumed the role of President/CEO, Randy Akacich will remain CFO through this transition, and Tom Pecharich has agreed to take over as General Manager of our retained staff since the work remaining is mostly in our avionics department. Kevin Eldredge has gracefully resigned as President but more importantly has agreed to help where he can to make sure our current customers get what they need to complete their projects and assist me in structuring a successful path forward.
Tasks ahead:
One of our biggest tasks will be supporting the current fleet with parts and technical support. The good news is that the business has no bank debt and all assets have been secured and are available as needed. However, the short term issue I see is responding timely to the needs of our existing customers currently flying. At this point, there will be no one to accept direct phone calls and any messages left will be logged and sorted to be returned as quickly as possible.
I ask that if you all email your questions and needs first to info@evolutionaircraft.com with as much description as possible, we will let you know the email was received and do our very best to support you and give you guidance.
In sum:
I sincerely apologize for the anxiety and inconvenience this may cause but rest assured I am doing all I can to figure out the best plan for the company going forward. The Evolution and the capabilities of the knowledge developed over the past 35 years continue to have great potential in the General Aviation market as well as other applications suitable for the Evolution platform.
I will keep all of you regularly updated as we transition through the company’s short-term difficulties and we strive for the ultimate goal of transitioning to a company adequately financed to achieve greater market applications (and profitability) than just general aviation.
Thank you for your patience and continuing to believe in the Evolution and our company,
Bob Wolstenholme
President/CEO
bobw@evolutionaircraft.com

 

Unfortunately many of our well know contacts from the original Lancair days are now without a job.

Great looking pressurised aeroplane.

We have an EVO that should have been on the way to Oz very soon, not sure on progess ATM.

Our Oz Evo flew first flight yesterday. All good so it should be on the way home soon.

Technology

In the year 2000 this was a state of the art panel.
Whilst it served this owner well it was time for an update.

Wow check this out. Yep the same aeroplane, just 17 years latter, and now state of the art again.                                                                                                                           All new centre stack including the GTN 750. Dual G3X touch and a G5 as backup.
Flew it today and it is absolutely a fabulous and most capable panel.

Complete Avionics on the Goldy have done an exceptional job with a lot of pride taken in doing what they did.

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know? Service Bulletins

At our Mudgee LOBO Oz Fly-in, one of our attendees drew attention to a couple of Lancair Service Bulletins, and noted that my Legacy had not been modified in accordance with SB023.

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I am not certain how I missed it, and given that this SB was dated 1994, I expected it would have been incorporated into the build book.

Please note that this SB023 is applicable to all Lancair models.

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The forward rivets have now been replaced with pan head screws and nuts as noted in SB023.

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This SB066 is for all of the Lancair IV/ES/and IVPT to ensure the rear access panel on the left side of the rear fuselage is not attached with latches or hinges. The panel is a structural part of the airframe and must be attached using a minimum of -6 screws. Note that new build IVs are now using -8 screws, but there is no requirement to replace existing -6 screws, as used on most of the Lancair IV/ES and IVPT’s that have been flying for some time.

Small things like this is what LOBO Oz is all about.

Learning as a group, we have an amazing pool of expertise and knowledge when it comes to building, flying and maintaining our Lancair aircraft.

Was there something you learnt at our Mudgee fly-in that might need further discussion? Please share.

Bill Harrelson to Speak at LOBO Oz

Bill Harrelson pictured in his Lancair IV after his polar circumnavigation in January 2015. On February 20, 2016 - Bill Harrelson, LOBO Oz member and EAA Lifetime member, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured guest speaker at the LOBO Oz (Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Australia) fly-in to be held at the NSW Sports Aircraft Club Napper Field airport at Wedderburn over the 19th to 21st February 2016. “Bill Harrelson had a Walter Mitty dream, one of building an airplane in his hangar and flying it around the world in record time,” said LOBO (USA) President Jeff Edwards. “He fulfilled that dream earlier this year while the world watched his adventure unfold on the Internet.” In February 2013 Harrelson concluded a record long-distance flight (7,051 nautical miles) flying N6ZQ nonstop from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. “Bill’s inspirational efforts in designing, building, and flying the plane highlight the unique capabilities and efficiencies of modern homebuilt aircraft when flown by a true aviator,” Edwards added. Bill and his wife Sue are heading off in their purpose built long range Lancair 1V on a little holiday through the Pacific and eventually to Australia. How good is it to be able to jump into the aircraft you built, a proven long range Lancair of course, and fly it away on holidays to any destination in the world? Bill and Sue are on their third build at the moment, and I am really looking forward to having them entertain us at LOBO Oz fly-in in February. If you would like to learn a little about flying for range and LOP operations, or even flying non-stop for 38 hours, then I could not think of a better person to listen to. Folks, don’t miss this one, as we will put together an interesting programme for the weekend.

Bill Harrelson pictured in his Lancair IV after his polar circumnavigation in January 2015.

On February 20, 2016 – Bill Harrelson, LOBO Oz member and EAA Lifetime member, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured speaker at the LOBO Oz (Lancair Owners and Builders Organization Australia) fly-in to be held at the NSW Sports Aircraft Club Napper Field airport at Wedderburn over the 19th to 21st February 2016.

“Bill Harrelson had a Walter Mitty dream, one of building an airplane in his hangar and flying it around the world in record time,” said LOBO (USA) President Jeff Edwards. “He fulfilled that dream earlier this year while the world watched his adventure unfold on the Internet.”

In February 2013 Harrelson concluded a record long-distance flight (7,051 nautical miles) flying N6ZQ nonstop from Guam to Jacksonville, Florida. “Bill’s inspirational efforts in designing, building, and flying the plane highlight the unique capabilities and efficiencies of modern homebuilt aircraft when flown by a true aviator,” Edwards added.

Bill and his wife Sue are heading off in their purpose built long range Lancair 1V on a little holiday through the Pacific, and eventually to Australia. How good is it to be able to jump into the aircraft you built, a proven long-range Lancair, of course, and fly it away on holidays to any destination in the world?

Bill and Sue are on their third build at the moment, and I am really looking forward to having them entertain us at LOBO Oz fly-in in February.

If you would like to learn a little about flying for range and LOP operations, or even about flying non-stop for 38 hours, then I could not think of a better person to listen to. Folks, don’t miss this one, as we will put together an interesting program for the weekend.

If you think it is too far to come for a LOBO Oz fly-in, think again – and consider the distance that Bill and Sue will be covering to kindly give their time to our LOBO Oz group. See you then!

To wing cuff, or not to wing cuff…?

wing cuffThat is the question which arises for many Lancair enthusiasts as they make decisions related to the final style and operation of their aircraft.

Indeed, that all new Legacy complete kits can now include the wing cuffs at no charge, indicates a definite interest in this area. As an upgrade, the cuffs cost $1495. And a quick online search also reveals support for this modification.

One of our members, John Smith, has written an article explaining his investigations about wing cuffs, an explanation of what they achieve, and why he elected to include them on his Legacy.

“Before I made a final decision to build a Lancair Legacy, I talked with many people to find out as much as I could about this aircraft. The range of opinions and advice was massive, and without going into all that here, one area that I resolved to research was around systems and passive devices that might help to improve flight safety.

…If you’re not familiar with what a wing cuff is, you might be wondering what all this fuss is about! In a nutshell, a wing cuff is a drooped leading edge section fitted to outboard wing sections covering typically around 30 – 40% of wing span…” John Smith

Discussions on the pros and cons of wing cuffs will probably continue – indeed, it has recently (2013) been discussed on the Lancair mailing list.

Those interested in reading more should access John’s article, Wing Cuffs on the Legacy.

Members might like to add their own experiences in comments here.