Laser 300 Completes Initial Handling Checks
WASHINGTON Omac Laser 300 makes its first flight at Albany, Ga.. During the 30-min. flight on July 29, test pilots Edward Chaplin and Hans Betz successfully completed all planned stability and handling checks. The eight-place aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A turboprop engine flat-rated to 750 shp. It has a predicted cruise speed of 291 mph. and a maximum range of 2,400 mi. Maximum gross takeoff weight is 7,800 lb., with an increase to 8,350 lb. planned.