|Aircraft||Equivalent Flat Plate Area|
|Venture||1.46 sq ft|
|Lancair 320||1.63 sq ft|
|Glasair III||1.80 sq ft|
What we read in the aviation press:
1. Lancair IV series - A very well promoted, highly advertised, and very pricey airplane. Few objective pilot reports about it published.
2. Performance Aircraft Turbine Legend - A very nice plane, faster than the Venture, but much more expensive. The turbine engine alone is $100K.
3. Glasair III - Recently sold to a new company, this pioneer aircraft is a touch slower than a Venture. Many are overweight and tail heavy, making their handling less desirable, and limiting their payload. Aerobatic, but less comfortable -- you sit on the wing.
4. Swearingen SX-300 - a rare bird, no longer available. Fast, but has an approach speed 20 knots faster than the Venture -- the SX approaches at 105 knots!
5. Thunder Mustang - Much pricier than the Venture, this beauty is out of production and aft c.g. limited with two aboard. There's room for only a tiny instrument panel and snug cockpit, so IFR would be challenging.
6. The RV series - great VFR sportplanes, lots of fun to fly VFR, but not built for long cross-country IFR. Much less expensive than the Venture, they are also slower and shorter ranged, and are excessively responsive for serious IFR.
7. Lancair Legacy - a very new design, and there's not that much public knowledge about it. It's narrower in the cockpit than the Venture, 200 pounds heavier, and maybe as good in performance. About the same price as the Venture, once you buy all of the optional Lancair pieces that are standard on the Venture.
Note: None of these aircraft, including the Venture, are suitable for flight in icing conditions. If your requirements include flight in icing conditions, we suggest you get a Cessna 210, a late model Mooney, or other aircraft certificated for flight in icing conditions. We'd rather lose a sale than lose a customer.