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Maximize Your Fun, AirVenture Fun Fly Zone 2017
SportAviation October 2017 (PG 107)
Dan Grunloh

“The most interesting new fixed-wing ultralight had not flown and was displayed without its wings. Troy Woodland, EAA 638040, creator of Just Aircraft Highlander and SuperSTOL, introduced a new ultralight. The prototype is a mid-boom, high-wing, strut-braced tractor monoplane. It is flown with the legs outside the fuselage. The engine is the very light 38-hp, liquid-cooled Polini THOR 250. The Superlite wings (140) square feet) have tube spars and no flaps. The have leading edge slots and spoilers. At very low speeds and high angles of attack, spoilers often work better than ailerons. Troy plans to offer a complete kit with a custom engine mount for the Polini”.

“The Superlite ultralight by just Aircraft promised short takeoff fun”.

– By Dan Grunloh

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SuperStol XL Articles:

General Aviation News: Flying the Just Aircraft’s SuperSTOL Stretch XL

EAA: Just Aircraft SuperTOL Now Comes in XL

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ByDanJohnson.com Articles

Big to Small, Just Aircraft Pleases; Now, Check Out their Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft

If you know the Part 103 category of the FAA regulations, you know these are the lightest aircraft in aviation (that is, man-carrying aircraft; drones excepted).* After years of disappearing, Part 103 entries have come back more recently and at AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, we saw another.
This is the Just Aircraft Superlite, except that name was never certain and has (since Oshkosh) been taken off the list as a model name. Until they put a fresh name on it, I will call it Just 103.
Part 103, as most readers may know, requires no pilot certificate (really, none!). They also require no FAA registration or N-numbers. Since 1982, you need no aviation medical to fly one. Plus, they can be built ready-to-fly… or in kit form of any percentage. For 35 years now — the rule went effective in September of 1982 — Part 103 ultralight vehicles have been part of the aviation firmament.

Just Aircraft …No “Just” About It. SuperSTOL Leaps Aloft.

CubCrafters now leads the field for Special LSA (see this report to learn more) thanks significantly to their early installation of the 180 horsepower Titan engine. Outback Shock is starting making waves in the sky with their impressive entry. Outback with Shock options is sold in America by SportairUSA.
Both these companies are to be congratulated for advancing the light aircraft field, but one aircraft really lit this space on fire: Just Aircraft and their ground-breaking SuperSTOL. Just Aircraft went beyond vintage appeal by extending SuperSTOL ability with several distinctive features.
“The dual slatted wing significantly enhanced performance and slow flight control,” said design engineer Troy Woodland. His SuperSTOL wing design incorporates self-deploying leading edge slats and wide span Fowler flaps to increase stall range. SuperSTOL also uses vortex generators to further stretch slow flight performance and handling (photo).
“This provides access to considerably more off-airport landing sites, making the SuperSTOL one of the most versatile backcountry machines out there,” Troy added.

Just Aircraft — SuperSTOL with 180-hp Titan (2016)

Just Aircraft turns heads everywhere when they first introduced the SuperSTOL (STOL stands for short takeoff and landing). With a 100-horsepower Rotax 912, the aircraft was an awesome performer. Yet they saw even more potential. After installing a 180 horsepower, six cylinder UL Power 520i, they tackled installing the similarly potent motor from Continental, the Titan X-340. When Just Aircraft engineer Tory Woodland planned the installation, he realized they’d have to extend the fuselage to assure the right weight balance and control. They added two feet to the length but the climb rate is an astonishing 3,000 feet per minute. Hear more on this video.

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Just Aircraft has delivered more than 300 kit aircraft since 2002, but in 2012 they electrified pilots with the awesome performance of their all-new SuperSTOL. It may look extreme and performs extremely well, but it is truly docile and forgiving to fly.

Just Aircraft SuperSTOL — Big Sky Aviation Builder Assist

Building a kit is part of the American aviation dream but it isn’t for everyone. However, it is something anyone can learn. In this video we interview a husband and wife team — Hutch and wife Ann — who went to Just Aircraft to build their SuperSTOL (they are seated in the airplane for this video). Now, for those of you who aren’t sure you can dedicate the time, Big Sky has an answer for you: come visit them and they’ll give you expert assistance.

Just Aircraft — Highlander SUPERSTOL (2013)

Just Aircraft’s SuperSTOL was a major hit on the Paradise City runway at Sun ‘n Fun 2013. In this video we continue our review of this amazing aircraft as we interview principal designer Troy Woodland. We go fly the aircraft; with cameras on the wing and even the tailwheel, you can verify its unusual performance that allows you to land with the joystick full aft. Watch the video to hear some of its secrets.

Just Aircraft — Highlander SUPERSTOL

An aircraft that grabbed everyone’s attention at AirVenture 2012 was the new Highlander Superstol from the South Carolina company. Here’s a video you want to watch as we show touchdown after touchdown to show just how that marvelous gear with the 20-inch range (measured at the spindle). In flight footage also shows the automatic slats in operation and our interview of Troy Woodland will tell you how they did it all. You’ll enjoy this one!

Just Aircraft — Highlander

An all-American design, the Just Aircraft Highlander is more than “just” an aircraft. Here’s a rugged taildragger that can carry quite a load and can land on unimproved airstrips… or perhaps alongside that trout stream you always wanted to fish. Beyond its utility, Highlander is roomy to let you sleep in it. (Note: Contrary to my memory test on camera, I do have a pilot report on Highlander.)

Just Aircraft SuperSTOL “Stretched”

Boeing does it. Why not Just Aircraft? Of course, a stretched Boeing only transports more people somewhere. The experience is not more fun … maybe less so. Flying in a Just airplane will put a huge grin on your face and now it is a lot more likely to do so. Having experienced SuperSTOL with 100 horsepower, I can’t wait to get a shot at one with (trumpets blare here) 180 horsepower. Hoo-Rah!
“To accommodate larger engines,” the company announced, “we introduce our new SuperSTOL Stretch XL.” By adding an extra two feet to the aft section of the fuselage and six inches up front, the SuperSTOL Stretch XL can now accommodate the new UL Power 520 engine series or Lycoming’s O-320 engine series that outputs 150-160 hp.
A plain old — but still exciting — SuperSTOL is powered by the 100 horsepower Rotax 912 which weighs approximately 165 pounds, with accessories, or the 115 hp Rotax 914, weighing 175 pounds.

Just Aircraft Is a Decade-long Success Story

How do you take a laid-back approach to create a super exciting airplane? Schucks … it appears easy as falling off a log. The oversimplification denies how much energy and effort went into SuperSTOL. Because the folks at JustAircraft seem to be the most relaxed designers in America, don’t be fooled. Plenty of customers have seen the light that emanates from Walhalla, South Carolina. From the company’s unusual factory airstrip to the jaw-dropping performance of their super-duper STOL aircraft, Just Aircraft is a company you can’t — or at least shouldn’t — ignore. To gain more flavor of the extreme-looking but easy-flying aircraft, Just’s website has several videos that might fascinate you.
“Since the company was formed in 2002, Just Aircraft was focused on developing an aircraft that would excel in back country performance,” the company announced recently. “Starting with the Escapade, the company began shipping out kits.

 

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 KITPLANES MAGAZINE

Just SuperSTOL Up Close

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Just Aircraft is at SNF presenting their new and improved SuperSTOL. New features include an airfield horizontal stabilizer with outboard air fences, wing spoilers for increased roll control, a new flap mechanism, a new tail wheel locking mechanism, and a fuselage extended by 24″! Continue reading “Just SuperSTOL Up Close”

Editor’s Report from SnF – Day 3 – Tuesday, April 23

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Just Aircraft SuperSTOL Stretch XL (Photo: Just Aircraft)

Day 3 of the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in dawned with ominous dark clouds on the western horizon. Kitplanes got in a couple of quick flights in the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL XL – a stretched SuperSTOL with a 180 HP UL Power engine – before raindrops hit the field and slowed things down for the morning. Showers continued on and off until early afternoon, slowing additional arrivals, but stopped in time for the opening of the afternoon airshow. Continue reading “Editor’s Report from SnF – Day 3 – Tuesday, April 23”

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Just Aircraft Offers Spoilers Kit for the SuperSTOL

Just Aircraft has announced plans to provide optional instructions and materials for installing spoilers on new SuperSTOL kits. The addition of spoilers significantly enhances slow flight control, especially in undesirable wind conditions. They represent the latest step in advancing the short takeoff and landing capabilities of the SuperSTOL.

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The SuperSTOL is now being offered with an optional spoilers kit to improve control at slow speeds.

Troy Woodland, who designed and flight tested the spoilers, said: “once a pilot discovers the advantage of spoilers in slow flight and turbulent air, he won’t want to fly without them. They go a long way toward taking the rock and roll out of rough air on final, and they open up a lot of new areas for landings.”

The kits, which connect the spoilers to the ailerons, take about 40 hours to install. They can be mounted at the factory for an additional charge. Designed to deploy with the ailerons, the spoilers will rise on the right wing when the pilot moves the stick to the right. Since stick movements at cruise speed are minimal, the spoilers have little effect, but in slow speed operations, when the stick movements are greater, the spoilers will reach maximum deployment and effectiveness.

Just Aircraft SuperSTOL

The SuperSTOL wing features slats that extend in slow flight, vortex generators, and fowler flaps all of which are designed to allow the aircraft to fly at a very high angle of attack without stalling. That in turn, allows a touchdown speed in the low 20s in calm conditions.

Optional spoiler kits, which are available only for the SuperSTOL, are priced at $1,000. With factory installation, the price is $2,500. For more information visit JustAircraft.com.

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Wes Whitley’s Just Aircraft Highlander

It took a while, but it was worth it. My “retirement project” took 7-1/2 yrs to finish because of being called back to work. This stock Highlander flew for the first time January 2013, and it is such a fun airplane to fly, I have to force myself to put it back in the hangar. The airplane loves turf and hates concrete.

Location: Satellite Beach, Florida

e-mail address: AF4N@att.net

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Just Aircraft Introduces the Highlander SuperStol

JA's New Wing and LGJust Aircraft Company recently completed flight testing on the new Highlander SuperStol model, which can be built from a kit in the Experimental/Amateur-Built category or certified as an SLSA. The upgraded design features a new slatted wing and a virtually indestructible landing gear that can utilize 29-inch tundra tires. Continue reading “Just Aircraft Introduces the Highlander SuperStol”

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Steve Dentz’s Just Aircraft Highlander

N419BD is a Just Aircraft Highlander and was completed after 10 months in June 2010. This is the second Highlander I’ve built in the past 18 months. It’s powered by a UL350iS engine manufactured in Belgium by ULPower and it’s 130hp, fuel injected, electronic ignition and weighs in at only 173lbs ready to fly. The installed instruments are two Dynon 10” Skyview glass panels, Becker transponder and an Xcom radio. I painted the Highlander base colors (brown and almond) with Stewart Systems Waterborne System and the remaining trim colors are metallic vinyl. The airplane now has 35 hours,  and I’m looking forward to a lot of back country flying with friends.

Location: Carnation, WA

e-mail address: stede52@comcast.net

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Just Aircraft Assigns U.K. Dealership

February 15, 2016

Walhalla, SC – Just Aircraft has reached an agreement with Robert Pooler in the U.K. to begin selling SuperSTOL Aircraft kits, Read it all.

pending approval by England’s Civil Aviation Authority. An application has already been submitted and once consent is received, other countries in the EU are expected to issue similar authorizations soon.

Since the SuperSTOL was introduced in the spring of 2013, Just Aircraft has received over 200 orders for kits, prompting it to double its workforce in the past year. “The response has certainly been much stronger than we anticipated,” said Troy Woodland, designer of the SuperSTOL. “That’s led to changes in our production line along with refinements to the design. With our new outlet in the U.K., we anticipate a significant increase in shipments.”

As its name implies, the SuperSTOL is highly effective as a short takeoff and landing aircraft. It can get off or roll out in a little over 50 feet. With 21″ tundra tires it can land in just about any type of clearing, riverbed or shoreline. Skis and floats are also options for the versatile two-seat, side-by-side aircraft.

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Just Aircraft Offers Spoilers Kit for the SuperSTOL

Sunday June 14, 2015

Just Aircraft has announced plans to provide optional instructions and materials for installing spoilers on new SuperSTOL kits. Read it all.

The addition of spoilers significantly enhances slow flight control, especially in undesirable wind conditions. They represent the latest step in advancing the short takeoff and landing capabilities of the SuperSTOL.

Troy Woodland, who designed and flight tested the spoilers, said: “once a pilot discovers the advantage of spoilers in slow flight and turbulent air, he won’t want to fly without them. They go a long way toward taking the rock and roll out of rough air on final, and they open up a lot of new areas for landings.”

The kits, which connect the spoilers to the ailerons, take about 40 hours to install. They can be mounted at the factory for an additional charge. Designed to deploy with the ailerons, the spoilers will rise on the right wing when the pilot moves the stick to the right. Since stick movements at cruise speed are minimal, the spoilers have little effect, but in slow speed operations, when the stick movements are greater, the spoilers will reach maximum deployment and effectiveness.

The SuperSTOL wing features slats that extend in slow flight, vortex generators, and fowler flaps all of which are designed to allow the aircraft to fly at a very high angle of attack without stalling. That in turn, allows a touchdown speed in the low 20s in calm conditions.

Optional spoiler kits, which are available only for the SuperSTOL, are priced at $1,000. With factory installation, the price is $2,500.

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Just Aircraft’s SuperSTOL
Amazing STOL performance in a plane you can live with every day.

Wednesday 01 May 2013

See the Article from Kitplanes October edition .

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Just Aircraft Unveils Their Super STOL Highlander Prototype

Thursday 26 September 2013

Article from Areo News about SuperStol

Press Release – Just Aircraft New “Superstol”

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SuperSTOL Modifications

Wednesday 03 July 2013

Just Aircraft has completed design and testing of a new “Slatted wing” and compatible “Shock Absorber Landing Gear”. The results exceeded expectations!

 

“This newly completed “Superstol” with a high lift wing and long strut air shock landing gear is the ultimate future bushplane. Fowler flaps and automatic leading edge slats increase wing cord and provide exceptional STOL performance while maintaining the trailerable folding wing.

  • At least 10% faster cruise speed
  • At least 10% slower stall speed
  • Reduced landing distance by 50%

The best of both

The shock absorber gear will be fitted with 29″ Tundra Tires that allows an extremely aggressive landing.

The wings can also be supplied on existing planes. Orders are being taken now for fall delivery.

Contact Just Aircraft at 864-718-0320 or www.justaircraft.com for further information.

See video of Superstol here .

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Grand Champion AirVenture Oshkosh

Thursday 06 September 2012

Just Aircraft takes another Grand Champion award in Oshkosh. See it here .

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Grand Champion Arlington

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Steve Henry takes Grand Champion Arlington Fly-In 2012 Award .

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“Export Achievement Certificate”

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Just Aircraft presented with “Export Achievement Certificate”

Just Aircraft of Walhalla, SC recently received the prestigious “Export Achievement Award” from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read it all.

Just Aircraft established new dealers in Australia and New Zealand with the help of the “Export Assistance” center in Greenville, S.C. and the centers in Australia and New Zealand.

The F.A.A. equivalent in New Zealand commented “absolutely gob smacked, amazing, this aircraft sets a new bench mark for other manufactures to try to follow. This aircraft will create a real stir in the light sport scene.”

Just Aircraft also exports to South America, Canada, and Europe.

Their STOL aircraft are uniquely designed for back-country and extreme conditions. Contact Just Aircraft at www.justaircraft.com or owner comments at www.wingsforum.com.

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Jabiru – Autogas Advisory

Tuesday 03 May 2011

We issued it because of growing evidence from our LSA fleet plus many reports from operators of amateur build aircraft of fuel system problems emanating from some of the additives or contaminants in auto gas. Full post here »

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Highlander Does Demo

 

Friday 14 January 2011

Watch this video of the amazing Highlander take off and land .

 

 

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Dead Stick Takeoff Flying Adventures!

Sunday 27 June 2010

This video is 45 minutes of Steve Henry flying his Highlander in and out of some very challenging places.

If you have any desire to see what the Highlander is capable of, or just like to watch some intense back country flying, this is the video for you. It includes His “dead stick” takeoff, along with more amazing stick and rudder flying.

Although it is not meant to be an instructional video, Steve does explain a lot about how he does these things in his Just Aircraft Highlander.

To place an order or just to check it out, go to www.deadsticktakeoff.com .

See a preview of the DVD on You Tube.

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Escapade wins award in New Zealand

Thursday 20 May 2010

The Just Aircraft Escapade wins Best Microlight class 2 (two seat) award at the annual Sports Aircraft Association airshow in New Zealand. See pictures at the Wings Forum .

 

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Just Aircraft’s Highlander will take you wherever you want to go

Friday 19 February 2010

See our Highlander article in the February 2010 edition of Kit Planes here .

 

 

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Superstol camping in the cold   October 10, 2016

The weather hasn’t been super nice the last couple of weeks so when the sun comes out you take advantage of it. My brother and I piled all our camping stuff into the airplane, slammed it full of fuel and headed across the inlet to a well-known river with lots of sand. The weather was spectacular! Besides freezing my rear off because my sleeping bag wasn’t warm enough, we had a great time enjoying the mountains. The wolves howling at night was pretty neat too.

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Weekend Fall Flying    September 26, 2016

The weather has been pretty gnarly the last week or so and I haven’t been flying so it was great to get out yesterday with some friends.

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Chasing Rob up the Matanuska Glacier    

September 6, 2016

I was looking through my videos from this summer and found a video of my brother and me chasing Rob up the Matanuska Glacier. It was a gorgeous summer afternoon, what could possibly be better than glacier flying? Seems like every time I turn around I’m saying this is the most fun I’ve had all summer, this was one of those days.

Landing your Superstol at the Beach House

  • September 6, 2016

A couple weekends ago Rob and I along with my brother and sis-inlaw were headed home from Montague island and we saw a sweet beach we wanted to check out. There was a beautiful beach house on the other side of a small river and Rob decided to go take a look. The Superstol is probably one of very few airplanes that have ever or could ever land there. Check it out.

Labor Day Weekend     

September 6, 2016

Long weekends are the best, they’re even better when you have a Superstol. A small group of us left Birchwood around 10am-ish and headed west. The weather Saturday morning was perfect but we knew it wasn’t going to last very long. After a little aerial tour around Big Lake we decided to check out the strip on the top of Mt. Susitna. Does anyone know what the buildings were used for up there? I’m asking because I don’t know. If I was going to guess I’d say possibly an old military radio station of some kind. Pretty cool stuff.

Lukas landed first in his Super Cub followed by Rob then me. We had a quartering tailwind so it felt a little fast to me but it all worked out just fine.

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Montague Island Deer Camping

August 31, 2016

My brother and I have been wanting to do some deer hunting on Montague Island down in Prince William Sound for a while now so we decided that now was a good time. We invited Robby to go along and he graciously helped flying gear and people around. Rob and I flew from Birchwood to Seward and met my brother who drove his truck down with more gear. With a cabin reserved on the island we were pretty much “glamping”, airplane style.

 

The airplanes were loaded up and we headed out into some of the most spectacular country you can imagine. After landing on the beach and unloading our gear we decided to explore the island a bit. Montague is 40 something miles long so we had lots a space to explore. We decided to find a few places up high above the tree line to glass for deer. The Superstols make getting into rough high alpine very doable. I was flying the entire weekend with my brother and his hunting gear in my airplane so I wouldn’t say I was light and the Superstol performed excellent!

 

This was our first landing spot. We saw a handful to deer here but no shooters. It’s amazing how many deer are on this island.

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Knik River with friends

August 25, 2016

Robby had some friends up from NC so he asked if I’d like to help show them around this evening. The wind was flat calm so we headed up Knik hoping the crud wasn’t too low, it was just high enough to let us out over the glacier for a quick look. We stopped a few places to get out and look around. I was impressed with how much colder it was up close to the glacier tonight. It had to be at least 20 colder than a couple miles down stream.

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The Shortening 

August 14, 2016

I had some time last weekend to go play in the wind up the river.

It was blowing maybe 18-20 mph so slowed me down quite a bit. Most of my landings were consistently 20′ or less, I did have a couple 10-12′ landings which is way more fun than it should be. It took me an hour to get comfortable in the wind, I figured if I don’t practice I’ll never learn. Learning how to fly this Superstol has been a ton of fun!

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Knik & Lake George 

July 14, 2016

Rob and I spent a couple hours playing around the mud strip near Lake George. I was practicing dragging my tail wheel the whole way up the strip without letting mains touch, fun and challenging. On the way home Rob found a nice runway on this gravel bar.

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Flying to Katmai

July 8, 2016

 

When you wanna see bear you have to go where they are, they’re in Katmai. Rob and his gf Kristi loaded the airplanes with our junk and wayyy too much food (thanks Kristi) and headed south. Rob wanted to look at Redoubt on the way south, it’s big and icy. You know how I know? I was there, looking right at it.

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