I’d seen it floating about online for some time and was following the developing thread.
Now having had some history in Port Elizabeth, South Africa I know the designer and manufacturer of the type. Interestingly he started out as a motor-glider maker rolling out a superb design named the Whisper Motor-Glider which offered a choice of 16m or 12m wings. Russel Philips, the originator of these unique aircraft is a clever man who excels at this type of thing notwithstanding he is a wonderful personality as well.
I believe Russel had the inclination to go a bit faster and hence designed the X350 with just that in mind. It does some mild aerobatics but mostly is a speedy commuter whilst keeping things remarkably simple. ZU-GAB is the aircraft now housed in the DogBox and sports the fixed gear, fixed pitch and carbed engine. She has a single EFIS with all you’d ever need on it for standard VFR operations and will clip along at 160 knots all day.
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Global Aviator - November 2019