At speeds close to 200 miles per hour this Aircraft gets over 50 miles per gallon. When Klaus Savier throttles back to extended range, he gets about 100 mpg. Not bad.
Economy like this could be easily achieved throughout our entire general aviation fleet. But it will never happen. FAA regulations governing the fleet, combined with the difficulty and cost involved in getting a pilot’s license, keep the total number of aircraft quite small. Without a large volume of consumers or government assistance there just isn’t any money in it.
And without profit, private industry won’t touch it. Therefore, it is quite surprising to find a guy like Klaus Savier, owner of Light Speed Engineering.
Through a labor of love, this aeronautical innovator, based out of Santa Paula Airport in Southern California, has been setting speed and efficiency records for over 20 years in his experimental airplane. The plane demonstrates technology products that could improve the reliability and efficiency of the entire GA fleet.
Although his airplane only carries 30 gallons of fuel, Savier has flown it nonstop from Southern California to Oshkosh, Wis. (1,751 miles) and nonstop from Southern California to Panama City, Fla. (1,956 miles).
Beats the pants off a Prius!