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(Prices shown are subject to further reduction due to Soaring Super Loonie Discounts!)

Challenger II LSS (Light Sport Special) Overview

LSS Challenger II Overview and General Information

The Challenger II Light Sport Special was the most dramatic step forward ever taken by Quad City.  The LSS incorporates numerous design enhancements driven by customer inputs. The goals were to make the plane easier to fly, faster in cruise, more rugged, more ergonomic and easier to build - all while keeping the price around $30,000 with 503 engine and instruments.

The two seat Challenger II LSS positions itself beside the S-LSA's and E-LSA's of the US Light Sport Aircraft category.  Challengers emphasize the fun of building and flying your own airplane whereas virtually all of the new LSA's follow the Cessna tradition of hermetically sealing the occupants away from the flying experience. Challengers also emphasize the philosophy that recreational aircraft should be affordable to acquire and affordable to operate and maintain. The price tags of the latest LSA's are well over $100,000 which is completely out of reach for most recreational aviators!

The handling characteristics of the new Challenger LSS are light and responsive. This is a feet on the floor airplane whereas classic Challengers require attention to the rudder pedals. With full aileron deflection you can roll from a 45 degree left bank to a 45 degree right bank and back again without using the rudder pedals! This is a direct benefit of the much larger vertical stabilizer and rudder as well as the implementation of new ailerons with differential bellcranks. The larger vertical tail is readily obvious from 50 paces, actually 50 miles, much like that of the C-130 Hercules!

Cruise speed has increased to 95 mph and maximum level speed to 105 mph. The new wing design reduces drag while providing increased lift and stability. It is readily identified by its smooth leading edge and bottom ribs plus flush gussets attaching the ribs to the leading and trailing edge spars. Further drag reductions were effected by adding streamline fairings to the jury struts and stab struts.

The new solid aluminum main landing gear reduces drag by enabling use of improved gear leg fairings and eliminating all external cables. The internal carry through structures in the fuselage have been beefed up substantially. This new landing gear readily absorbs the bumps of rough farm fields and less elegant landings. The new hydraulic disc brakes make for very short stops.

Entry and exit is made easier by the redesigned cockpit side rails, doors and windscreen.  The new instrument panel allows more instrumentation while still providing good leg clearance for taller pilots. The new Quad City designed electric start system operates through the PTO end of the engine allowing a backup manual starter to be simultaneously installed at the MAG end.

The LSS quick-build kit is even easier and more fun to assemble. As with all Challengers it includes factory-built tail, wings and fuselage with controls installed. New for the LSS are a precut anodized panel plus prefab door kit with windshield as well as wiring harnesses for panel and engine. No special tools or skills are required. Realistic build times are in the neighborhood of 300 hours.

A vastly better new manual has clear drawings, color pictures and punchy text. Support is readily available across Canada via phone and email as well as face-to-face through an extensive network of dealers and professional Challenger techs. For owners who assemble their kits at odd hours there is unmatched 7x24 support via web sites and online forums.

The Challenger Light Sport Special can be registered in Canada as an Advanced Ultralight or under the 51% rule as an Amateur-Built. The LSS has a number of new features to facilitate the Amateur-Built route, for example control stops and pilot accessible fuel shutoff system. In addition to the satisfaction of assembling your own airplane and knowing it inside and out, a big advantage to registering as Advanced Ultralight or Amateur-Built is that you can do any and all maintenance and inspections yourself or with the assistance of whomever you choose. The Advanced Ultralight category allows up to 100% of the assembly to be done by pros.

The Challenger II Light Sport Special may be flown with the economical Ultralight Pilot Permit or with a traditional pilot certificate such as a Recreational or Private.

The Challenger II Light Sport Special package is around $30,000 for a quick-build kit including 503 engine and instruments. To spread out cash flow the package may be split into airframe and powerplant sections or into tail, wings, fuselage and engine sub-kits.

In today's economy the economics of aircraft ownership are more critical than ever before. The Challenger Light Sport Special is less than a quarter of the cost of typical AULA and S-LSA aircraft. The low acquisition cost and very low operating and maintenance costs mean owners can afford to go flying as often as they wish.

The new Challenger Light Sport Special delivers wide ranging major improvements while retaining the docile nature of classic Challengers including low stall speeds with no wing drops. Also retained are the outstanding STOL operations with takeoff and landing rolls in the 200-400 ft range as well as impressive crosswind capabilities. Payload is a very useful 500 lbs.

The versatility to go fast or to go low and slow, the capability to operate from short unimproved strips, the ability to fly with the doors off like a roadster with the top down and the unmatched visibility from both seats all combine to put the fun back into flying. Well over fifty Challenger Light Sport Specials have already been sold and the expectation is for many more.

2011 Challenger II LSS XS-50

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The Challenger II 503 Deluxe Power Pack is centered on the Rotax 503 UL DCDI engine and includes everything you need to create thrust and go.

This engine, purpose-built for aircraft and well-proven via thousands of real world installations, has numerous internal improvements to enhance reliability. The engine comes complete with dual electronic ignition, two spark plugs per cylinder, dual carbs, impulse fuel pump, air filter and a very effective muffler. To attach this engine to the airframe we include the motor mount with Lord mounts to isolate the airframe from vibration as well as a stainless steel exhaust mount.

The 503 is air-cooled via an engine-driven fan and is virtually immune to overheating on even the most trying days in the most trying circumstances.

An integrated generator produces AC current (12V 170W) which is converted by the supplied regulator/rectifier to 12V DC (nominal). Electric start is standard with our Deluxe package.

The reduction drive is the preferred "tall" 2.6-to-1 unit. This turns a highly efficient 60" two-blade fixed pitch wooden prop which comes standard with epoxy leading edge protection to mitigate the impact of spray, slush and rain.

This prop is the simplest, lightest and most economical choice for the 503. With the 503 there is no advantage to turning a 3-blade prop, in fact performance will actually diminish. The 3-blade works best with the 582 and is in fact required.

2011 Challenger II LSS XL-65

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The Challenger II 582 Premium Power Pack is available on the LSS, and centered on the Rotax 582 UL DCDI Mod 99 engine and includes everything you need to produce thrust.

This engine, the well-proven second generation "Blue Head" version, has numerous internal improvements to enhance reliability, the benefit of Rotax's substantial real world service experience with the initial generation. The engine comes complete with dual electronic ignition, two spark plugs per cylinder, dual carbs, impulse fuel pump, air filter and a quite effective muffler. To attach this engine to the airframe we include the new motor mount with eight Lord mounts to isolate the airframe from vibration as well as stainless steel exhaust mounts.

The 582 is liquid cooled via an engine-driven water pump and thermostat so of course we include a complete radiator setup with everything you need to go flying - no trips to the hardware store, or the engineering department! This rad mounts in front of the engine on top of the wing parallel to the airflow rather than perpendicular so it creates the least possible drag. It is quite large to avoid overheating on even the most trying days in the most trying circumstances.

An integrated generator produces AC current (12V 170W) which is converted by the supplied regulator/rectifier to 12V DC (nominal). Electric start is standard with our Premium package.

The reduction drive is the preferred "tall" 2.6-to-1 unit which turns a 60" prop.

The prop is the top-of-the-line Warp Drive 3-blade ground adjustable unit with upgraded HP-L machined aluminum hub and three carbon fibre blades with wide tips and nickel leading edges for protection from spray, slush and rain. Users say this prop is near indestructible - please don't try to disprove them!

A wonderful aspect of the 582 is that the peaks of the horsepower and torque curves overlap and are quite flat plus start at a relatively low rpm. This allows one to pitch the prop into the peak power range without giving up on cruise!

*The Fine Print!

Prices are in Canadian Dollars - subject to change without notice.  Please call or write for a current quotation.
Canada customs charges are Cdn$125.   Federal and Provincial sales taxes are not included and are in addition at applicable prevailing rates.  Shipping is not included - additional freight charges to major Canadian cities will typically total CDN$750-1000.  
Your freight may be more or less depending on your location and optional equipment ordered.

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