The Highlander is a versatile aircraft with great performance capabilities. The cockpit is 44″ wide with lots of headroom and over 30 cu. ft. of cargo area. The plane has adjustable seats and there is plenty of cargo room to haul everything you need for that hunting, fishing or cross country trip. Planes may be fitted with floats as an amphibian, with wheels, or skis for winter use. This aircraft is very affordable and with the proper maintenance will last you a lifetime. Combine these features with the new Light Sport Pilot license and you too can enjoy the thrill of flying your own airplane!

The Highlander has the same great features as its predecessor the Escapade, but with all the great upgrades to make it the ultimate back country bush aircraft. The Highlander is manufactured with all high quality aircraft materials and can be fitted with a Rotax engine. The power and light operating weight, coupled with 121 square foot of wing area, allows the aircraft to take off and land with a ground roll of 300 feet. The Highlander also has an impressive 880 feet per minute climb rate.

The Highlander price includes the Escapade package plus the following:

  • Extended Wings
  • Heavy Duty Extended Main Gear w/1.25″ Axles
  • 8 inch Tail Wheel
  • Upgrade E Series Matco Wheels and Brakes
  • Large Elevator/Rudder Combination (Balanced)
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  • Highlander Price: $24,900.00

I like bush planes, but I don’t like planes that break in the bush. Walking out is not fun. My goal, and I think I have achieved it, was to build a rugged bush plane that will not break in the back country.

– Troy Woodland, Design Engineer. | Source

See what others are saying about the Highlander:

Highlander Media

Highlander Goes Hollywood This is a short video of the Highlander “crash” from the filming of Let’s Stay Together on the BET network.

Highlander Does Demo A Highlander by Just Aircraft does a short take off and landing demo at OTX.

Inside the Highlander Dan Johnson Takes Us Inside the Highlander.

Sun n Fun 2008 Highlander from Sun ‘N Fun 2008.

Building & Flying the Highlander Video slide show of Highlander build process


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The SuperStol

The SuperStol

A wing unlike any other. The SuperSTOL is the third product from Just Aircraft. The SuperSTOL sports an all metal wing aerodynamically designed to enhance slow flight capabilities while also increasing cruise speed. Additionally the wing incorporates self-deploying leading edge slats and long span fowler flaps to further improve the aircraft’s stall range. To complement the new wing we have installed a new landing gear system that takes full advantage of a hydraulic strut with a long distance of travel. The tail wheel also incorporates a hydraulic shock to lessen aggressive off airport landings. No other aircraft kit manufacturer offers a comparable airplane.

The wing slats, when combined with the large Fowler flaps, allow the aircraft to be flown at extremely high angles of attack permitting it to ‘drop’ into small or inclined clearings. This provides access to considerably more off-airport landing sites, making the SuperStol one of the most versatile backcountry machines out there. With the new wing configuration, the Highlander will cruise at 110 mph, land at 32 mph, and take off or land with as little as 150 feet of runway.

The SuperSTOL price includes the Highlander package plus the following:

  • Two 13.5 gallon wing tanks
  • Wings mated to the fuselage
  • 21 inch Tundra tires
  • Extreme brake package
  • Options:
  • Quick build wings $2500.00
  • Alodine coating $ 500.00SuperSTOL price sheetThe new slatted wing has significantly enhanced the performance numbers and slow flight control,” said Troy Woodland, design engineer. “This provides access to considerably more off-airport landing sites, making the SuperStol one of the most versatile backcountry machines out there.- Troy Woodland, design engineer. | – Source
  • See what others are saying about one of the most affordable high performance STOL aircraft.
  • SuperSTOL Price: $41,700.00
SuperStol Media

Experimental Amateur Built STOL aircraft Dan Johnson at Oshkosh details the SuperStol aircraft.

SuperStol near full stall landing  Watch this ultra short landing of the SuperStol at the Just Aircraft factory runway.

Troy dropping in  Troy Woodland lands the SuperStol at the Just Aircraft factory.

View from the Cockpit Vew from inside the plane showing the slats popping open and decent rate.

Gary Plays Touch and Go in Highlands Some touch and go video shot with a Contour. See original here.


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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SuperStol XL

Just’s SuperSTOL XL offers unparalleled performance in short takeoffs, landings and slow flight.

Configured as a high wing, with side-by-side seats, and tundra tires, the XL can be set down in virtually any clearing.

SuperSTOL was designed for back country flying and weekend adventures and Titan adds a new dimension to those “adventures.”

Sold as a complete kit for homebuilders


Flying Just Aircraft’s SuperSTOL Stretch XL

How do you improve on a popular backcountry aircraft design? If you are the folks at Just Aircraft, you make it larger and with the ability to support a more powerful engine.

That best describes Just Aircraft’s SuperSTOL Stretch XL. The red high-wing, tailwheel-equipped airplane mounted on tundra tires stole the show when it debuted at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN.

SuperSTOL XL“The Stretch XL is a larger version of the popular SuperSTOL,” explained Harrison Smith, Just Aircraft’s demo pilot. “XL stands for eXtra Large. We have taken our traditional SuperSTOL, which is an awesome airplane, and added 24 inches to the fuselage and 6 inches on the nose to accommodate larger engines.”

While at SUN ‘n FUN, the Stretch XL was on display in Paradise City, the Ultralight and Light-Sport Aircraft section of the fly-in, parked next to the traditional Just Aircraft SuperSTOL. The juxtaposition of the two aircraft side by side drummed home the larger dimensions of the Stretch XL model.

On displayA larger fuselage is nice because a longer airplane usually means more room for fishing poles and the like — a necessity when you land at backcountry airstrips adjacent to lakes where the fish normally die of old age — but what really seems to attract potential buyers is the ability to have a more powerful engine. The Stretch XL at the fly-in had a UL Power 520i engine rated at 180 hp, but the cowling will also accept a Lycoming O-320 engine series for 150-160 hp.

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith

According to Smith, the Stretch XL performance is comparable to that of a Super Cub. The combination of more horsepower with the wing slats and barn door flaps produced an airplane that can take off from a 1,400-foot grass runway with room to spare and, he claimed, land in less than 100 feet.

I had to see this for myself, and Smith, a 6,000-hour pilot with a CFI certificate, offered me a chance to experience the performance.


I am vertically challenged — read short — so getting into an airplane that sits on tundra tires requires some athleticism on my part. The door on the Stretch XL is wide, however, so there’s no need to do an advanced yoga pose to get aboard. Grab hold of the frame at the strike plate, then with one foot on the ground, place one foot on the tundra tire, get your balance and boost yourself up like you are climbing onto a horse. Shift your weight and take hold of the V-strut bracing over the panel to maneuver yourself inside. It’s not cool or graceful, but it is do-able.

From sideThe cockpit of the Stretch XL is large enough for two normal sized adults to sit side by side and there is enough head room for a pilot in the 6 foot range to sit comfortably. Shorter pilots (like me) would be wise to have a back cushion to put them a few inches forward to ensure better purchase on the rudder pedals.

The panel of the Stretch XL is spacious enough for the pilot-builder to put plenty of bells and whistles with the latest glass cockpit technology or to stay traditional with the basic six pack instruments.

PanelThe demo Stretch XL is finished with a black panel and contrasting red placards that match the exterior paint scheme. I spent a few minutes studying the panel. While silver toggle switches abound, for a day-time VFR flight the radio, altimeter, oil pressure, tachometer, ball and airspeed indicator were all I needed in the way of instrumentation.

The rudder pedals are the classic frame type. The flaps are manually actuated by a Johnson bar between the two seats. The throttle is located in the center of the panel.

Most of my tailwheel experience has been in a Cessna 140. I found the sheer size of the Stretch XL a bit intimidating, but Smith assured me it was not a terribly challenging aircraft to fly.

wheel“One of the unique things about the Stretch XL is that it has a locking tailwheel that can be used as a training tool,” he said. “It helps the pilot keep the airplane going straight on takeoffs and landings. It takes about 10 hours to transition for the moderately experienced tailwheel pilot, and we do have customers who build their aircraft at the factory through the Builder’s Assist Program and have nothing but Cessna 150 time. We can usually solo them in a SuperSTOL in about the 15 hour range.”

The Stretch XL demo flight was scheduled for Friday evening. The grass runway at Paradise City hummed with activity as aircraft lined up for departure. The runway measures 1,400 by 75 feet, so it is a perfect venue to demonstrate STOL characteristics.

After a preflight inspection we climbed aboard the bright red airplane and Smith started it up. The airplane was configured for Short Take Off and the throttle advanced.

Soon the tundra tires were bouncing along the grass and before you could ask “Are we airborne yet?” the controls became lighter and the altimeter needle started a rapid clockwise tour around the dial.


We climbed away from the congested airspace of Florida’s Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) in a cruise climb for better visibility, something that comes easy in the Stretch XL because of the wide windscreen and side windows. This is an airplane you want to take someplace with lots of scenery.

SuperSTOLXL2The maneuver portion of the flight began with a few clearing turns. I tend to be cautious when I take the stick of an unfamiliar airplane at first, because it’s like picking up someone else’s baby: You want to be gentle as you determine how much pressure to use on the controls.

“It’s your basic tailwheel airplane,” Smith advised. “Lead with the rudder, follow with the aileron.”

The control forces seemed to be about that of a Super Cub. After a few minutes I had it figured out. The airplane is light and responsive. It was easy to put it into medium and steep turns without over-controlling it. This is an outside airplane, meaning it was easy to get the sight picture to maintain level flight because of the good visibility.

SuperSTOLXL1For slow flight the flaps were deployed and the airplane seemed to hover in space, hanging off the propeller.

Stalls are gentle and predictable. This airplane can get very s-l-o-o-o-w before the wings run out of lift and the nose wants to drop.

We headed over to South Lakeland Airport (X49) some five miles south of KLAL to do takeoffs and landings. South Lakeland Airport has a turf runway, the natural habitat of the Stretch XL.

It was proving time for Smith. Just Aircraft officials say the Stretch XL landing speed is in the low 30s with a rollout of less than 100 feet. They weren’t kidding. I estimated I could throw a discus farther than our landing roll. The expression “stop on a dime and give you nine cents change” came to mind.

The takeoff took even less real estate.

The Stretch XL is definitely an airplane you could use to get in to those challenging airstrips in the backcountry.

“This is a go-anywhere, do-anything bush plane,” Smith grinned.


The airplane comes in kit form from the factory in Walhalla, South Carolina. Estimated build time is 500 to 1,000 hours.

Kit in a crateFor the pilot who would like to get the airplane in the air sooner rather than later, there is a Builder’s Assist Program at the factory.

According to Smith, the base price of the kit, firewall back, runs about $44,300.

“Depending on the choice of engine, the customer can have a completed airplane for anywhere between $70,000 to $95,000,” he said.


Powerplant: UL Power 520i (180hp)
Propeller: Catto Propellers 76” Diameter 36” Pitch
Optional powerplant: UL Power 520 series/Lycoming 320 series/ECI Superior/Aerosport 320/340/375 series
Wingspan: 31.27 feet, 8’6” wings foldedFly it like you STOL it
Fuel capacity: 27 gallons
Cruise fuel consumption: Estimated 7.5 gph at 90 kts
Maximum gross weight: 1,550 lbs
Typical empty weight: 870 lbs
Typical useful load: 680 lbs
Full fuel payload: 518 lbs
LSA typical useful load: 449 lbs
LSA full fuel payload: 287 lbs
Cabin Width: 44 inches
Baggage area: 32 cubic feet
Cruise speed: 90-95 kts/105mph with 29 inch Alaskan Bushwheels and Catto propeller
Stall, power off, no flaps: less than 35 mph
Takeoff distance, at 1,320 gross: less than 100 ft
Landing distance, at 1,320 gross: less than 100 ft
Rate of climb, solo: greater than 2,000 ft per minute



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