I too would love to get my hands on a Furio. The only issue I have with it is the 212kg payload limit when doing aerobatics. Getting my oversized carcase, a passenger and fuel into the plane and staying under the 792kg aerobatic category weight limit would be a bit mission impossible...
Perhaps it would be a good way to motivate me to drop some excess flab.
Lose kilos, get a Furio! Sounds like a plan...
Last Edit: Apr 7, 2009 17:23:20 GMT 12 by hardyakka
I saw the Furio at Warbirds over Wanaka last year it was on static display its a beautiful looking plane. I wasn't fortunite enough to be around when it flew home. The Furio that when to Avalon flew there and back the official website posted updates showing its flightpath.
Call me strange (you sure wouldn't be the first) but the Furio just doesn't do it for me. Can't explain it, but just doesn't have that "I really really want one of these" factor.
Maybe I'm jaded by the world of Microlight and LSA, but I think if you put say a Sportcruiser and a Falco side by side I'd have to go with the Sportcruiser. Even if you put a Lancair Legacy side by side with a Falco, I'd go with the Lancair.
I must be strange as well, I'd rather have something like a Globe Swift than the Furio. The Furio is a great machine and nicely built, just seems somehow devoid of character. It also has the steering wheel at the wrong end! fast plastic just doesnt do it for me, sorry.....
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
I posted this a few days ago in the Aussie section:
Kiwi kitset catches Aussies' eyes By ROELAND van den BERGH in Melbourne - The Dominion Post Last updated 05:00 12/03/2009.
A New Zealand kitset aircraft is being considered as a military trainer.
The high-performance Furio sports aircraft from Auckland firm Falcomposite, handles like a fighter and has the comfort of a tourer.
Company founder Giovanni Nustrini said "an extremely large company that contracts to the Royal Australian Air Force" was interested in developing the plane as an air force trainer in partnership with Falcomposite.
Two further meetings were set down at the show this week with the company, which he would not name.
The aircraft could be marketed to air forces worldwide as a much cheaper option to replace the ageing Marchetti SF260, Mr Nustrini said. The SF260 is a similar shape, but is made of heavier metal. The Furio is made entirely from carbon fibre composite, and has the same flying capabilities.
The Furio is fast and has a larger cabin than most trainers, retractable undercarriage and variable-pitch propeller. "It will take the pilot from an ab initio stage the first stage of flight training to a stage which is very close to flying a small jet because the handling is very similar, and it is economical."
The SF260 costs about $2 million, compared with about $240,000 for a completed civilian version of the Furio.
Mr Nustrini said that while the Furio was being sold as a kit aircraft which has to be assembled by the buyer, it had been designed to eventually allow for production line manufacturing.
"We are very happy. We are on a roll."
The Furio is the first aircraft of its type to be built entirely from composite carbon fibre, allowing structural components to be reduced to less than 30.
This makes it easier and much faster to build than other kit planes, with no specialist skills required.
The owner still has to buy the engine, propeller and instrument panel, which add about $110,000 to the kit cost of $135,000.
The Avalon Air Show is the first public outing of the Furio in Australia, where two aircraft have already been sold. Seven of the aerobatic-capable aircraft have been sold since the launch in New Zealand in February last year. Four are in New Zealand.
Mr Nustrini said sales would have been double had it not been for the economic crisis. Expectations had been for at least 24 sales in the first year. The niche target market still had money, but people were taking a wait-and-see approach before spending.
The official launch of the aircraft will be in July at the world's biggest general aviation show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Roeland van den Bergh travelled to the Avalon Air Show as the recipient of a Royal New Zealand Aeronautical Society Duncan Campbell award
The SF260 costs about $2 million, compared with about $240,000 for a completed civilian version of the Furio....
...The owner still has to buy the engine, propeller and instrument panel, which add about $110,000 to the kit cost of $135,000.
So Giovanni isn't going to charge the Aussie airforce anything for assembling them.
I would guess a milspec, factory-assembled Furio would come in at least $500,000 per unit (knowing military programmes, I wouldn't be surprised if numbers like $750K came up). Still a lot less than $2KK.
Its seriously heavy, for a light aircraft.
I don't think it is much heavier than any other two seater with a Lycoming IO-360. The Glasair II weighs in about the same at MAUW. The Lopresti Fury is a couple of hundred pounds heavier. Even an Alpha/Robin 2160 is about 2000lbs.
I guess the looks are a matter of personal taste but I have always liked the look of Stelio Frati's designs and I feel that the Furio carries that legacy forward.
$2m for a SF260, dont think so.....more like US$200k
I think the $2KK quoted is the estimated per unit cost if they were to buy new aircraft to military trainer specs from the Alenia factory.
As stated in the article (and confirmed by your comment) the SF260 is old tech, but still in production and in use by various airforces (Italy, Belgium, Phillipines, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey etc.) around the world. They will be needing replacements eventually and if Alenia are saying "$2 mil each, per favore", who is to say those airforces won't start shopping around?
Last Edit: Apr 8, 2009 23:06:55 GMT 12 by hardyakka