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Oct 20, 2021
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Press Release

Explorer Aircraft Advances Prototype Platform with Scion Aviation

Explorer has designed a state-of-the-art, all-composite single engine light-utility aircraft for use in carrying cargo and passengers.  The aircraft can operate from local airports, unimproved runways, and with floats on remote lakes.  These rugged aircraft will carry over 4000 pounds of cargo and fly almost 1500 miles with its turboprop engine.  The production aircraft will be a multi-purpose vehicle for diverse applications worldwide that demand operations from normal to austere locations.  It has also been designed to accommodate future advancements in technologies, such as hybrid-electric power and embedded auxiliary power units that will provide substantial electrical energy generation for mobile medical units and other mission critical equipment.      

“For Explorer Aircraft, it is important that we develop an aviation platform that provides our customers a tool to safely and efficiently deliver goods and services to their customers throughout the world, even under the most adverse conditions. ”

— Bryan Lynch

Explorer retained Scion Aviation to do a firewall-forward install of the more powerful and efficient PT6a-140a engine and new all electric power for landing gear and flaps.  The prototype aircraft will demonstrate its unique landing gear system and advanced wing design that provides for maximum fuel efficiency and superior low speed handling.

Explorer retained Scion Aviation to do a firewall-forward install of the more powerful and efficient PT6a-140a engine and new all electric power for landing gear and flaps.  The prototype aircraft will demonstrate its unique landing gear system and advanced wing design that provides for maximum fuel efficiency and superior low speed handling.

FAA approved flight testing of the prototype will begin with a forty-hour flight program that will demonstrate the aircraft platform’s integrity and flight characteristics.  The aircraft’s performance capabilities, such as minimum takeoff and landing distances, fuel consumption, and flight characteristics projections will be determined with the revised systems.

Scion Aviation, L.L.C. is well known in the aviation industry for its expertise in carbon-fiber prototyping and development of manufacturing tooling.  Scion’s personnel have over 70 years of accumulated experience specifically in composite design, development, manufacturing, and have extensive experience building large aerospace components. True craftsmen-build is at the heart of all of Scion’s products, which is evident in the quality of work delivered to their clients.  

It's been great to work with and rely on the experience and quality workmanship of the staff at Scion," said Bryan Lynch. "Jim Sampson and his team are true experts in the industry."

Additional contacts:

Aircraft brokers and those seeking fleet applications contact:
Taras Lyssenko
Chief Business Development/Government Relations
(305) 794-4457
Taras@ExplorerAircraft.com