Production Of The Thorpedo Light Sport Aircraft Is On Schedule


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Production Of The Thorpedo Light Sport Aircraft Is On Schedule

Shane Nolan

September 01, 2010 - Dallas-based IndUS Aviation continues to move forward with the production of the single engine Thorpedo Light Sport Aircraft. Under the new partnership, the Thorpedo Light Sport Aircraft will be manufactured and assembled in China, IndUS USA will be responsible for all research and development, modifications and technical updates. 

This unprecedented partnership puts IndUS in a unique collaboration with the Chinese government and private industry in central China. The partners will operate a newly created company in China presently called 'IndUS-IPI'. The reciprocal agreement involves equity positions between IndUS and IPI, with support of Weinan government.


This unique collaboration between private industry in the US and China was made possible through the sponsorship of the Weinan City government. "We will continue current support operations in Dallas and focus on building primary training aircraft in large numbers to meet the expected demand for such aircraft in India and China. With our new Chinese partners, we will develop the LSA market in Asia, and continue to oversee final assembly of Thorpedos in Dallas to support sales in North America", IndUS founder and owner, Ram Pattisapu said.

Thorpedo Light Sport Aircraft, depending on configuration has an empty weight 750 LBS with a gross weight of 1270 LBS. The aircraft is powered by Jabiru 120 HP 6 cylinders, the Jabiru 85 HP 4 cylinder, or the Continental 0-200, 100 HP. 

The Thorpedo Special Light Sport Aircraft is derived from the 1945 Type Certified Thorp T-211. John Thorp, a Lockheed engineer, designed this as a primary military trainer. The T-211 is a light aircraft by design, it is a low-wing monoplane of conventional design with fixed tricycle undercarriage and a sliding canopy. It bears some family resemblance to the Piper Cherokee, a design that Thorp contributed to significantly. 

Thorp constructed eight prototypes, and had the design certified by the FAA, but was unable to find a foothold in the Cessna-dominated post-war US market. The project was therefore shelved until the homebuilding boom saw the rights to the aircraft acquired first by Adams Industries and then by Thorp Aero in the 1970s, the latter firm building five examples as the Thorp Arrow. The kits were then manufactured by AD Aerospace in the United Kingdom and Venture Light Aircraft in the United States. 

IndUS Aviation recently began production of the T-211 to the guidelines of Light Sport Aircraft, allowing it to be flown by those with a sport pilot certificate. The Thorp T-211 was the first US-designed Special Light Sport Aircraft to receive certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.


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