The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum credits the Laser 200 for heavily influenced a new generation of aerobatic aircraft - the monoplane, including the Extra, which dominated competition throughout the 1990s. Monoplanes have less drag, full-length ailerons for crisp maneuvers, and, for the judges, better presentation in the sky than biplanes. The monoplane design offers a stronger frame so that more powerful engines can be attached to provide power for high power but precise maneuvers.
The Laser Z-200 is constructed from traditional steel tube 4130N and wood and fabric. The aircraft can be built entirely from scratch from plans (purchase "waiver form" required) or the builder can purchase pre fabricated components from York Enterprises.
There is no complex building situations yet some knowledge of aircraft construction and practices is highly recommended. The Experimental Aircraft Association is a great source for books / videos / manuals on aircraft construction and practices.
The Laser Z-200 fuselage structure is also available in "CNC" profile machined tubes by VR3 Technologies located in Stratford Ont. Canada as well. The quality of their work is exceptional and to the highest degree. This enables the builder of a Laser Z to reduce the time of construction significantly and ensures the greatest in accuracy and precision during the contruction of the fuselage to within +/- .005".
Laser Z200 typical specifications are listed on the right.
Rate of Climb
98.0 sq ft.
14.29 lbs/ sq ft.
20 US gallons
355 sm, 308 nm
+/- 9.5 g's
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