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New SAM Aircraft was introduced at Oshkosh AirVenture
The new owners of the SAM Aircraft design introduced the new SAM-EX airplane at EAA AirVenture 2016.
Based on the prototype SAM Aircraft introduced in 2012 by Thierry Zibi, the new SAM-EX sports an all-new look, now configured as a taildragger and powered by a 180-hp Lycoming O-360. The EX model has an increased gross weight of 1,800 lbs. (useful load of 650 lbs.), can carry up to 36 gallons (136 litres) of fuel, and can operate in the utility category. Cruise speed is 140 to 150 mph depending on engine size and installed propeller, with stall speed of 50 mph.
The SAM-EX is a sleek all-metal low-wing tandem two-seat light aircraft that captures the lines of the legendary trainers of the 1930s - 1950s. The revamped cabin offers comfortable seating, exceptionally wide shoulder width (26-inches in the canopy and more than 31-inches wide inside the roomy fuselage) and a wrap-around canopy which offers outstanding
visibility. The demonstrator aircraft is equipped a modern glass panel display system (Dynon Skyview) and a center stick with left-side throttle quadrant, similar to what is found in the cockpits of modern combat or military training aircraft.
As of 2016, the SAM is still not offered as a ready-to-fly Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA) or as an Experimental Amateur-Built (EBA) aircraft.