Austin Composites

Why buy an Evolution?

Comfort: Pressurization, composite construction, large cabin size and climate control insure a quiet, roomy, comfortable flight without the need for oxygen masks. The removable back seats and pressurized baggage compartment make it ideal for pets or being able to access the kids toys during flight. With the automotive A/C no more sweating in 100 degree temperatures while taxiing. Travelling at 300 kts with a 1100 nm range means you won’t be spending much time in the air, and can make most trips nonstop (for significant others that don’t like to fly). The Evolution’s rapid climb and descent rate coupled with 28,000 ft altitude capability allows you to get to smooth air quickly and avoid weather.  

Safety: The Evolution is constructed using carbon fiber, which is lighter and stronger than aluminum (for example Va for the Evolution is 190 KIAS vs 127 for the Meridian). The plane has been tested to twice its +4.4g -2.2g rating and 6.5 PSI pressurization insuring structural integrity. It is designed to meet FAR part 23 flight standards (61kt stall speed for example) which are the standards for certified planes. After a long cross country your pattern speeds will be similar to your training days. The Evolution has an 18-1 glide ratio, if you had an issue at 25,000 ft you would have 90 miles to find an airport. The PT6 is one of the most reliable engines flying today, coupled with the Garmin G900 (G1000 for experimental) which displays weather, traffic, synthetic vision, and Highway In The Sky. The Garmin autopilot significantly reduces pilot workload, that coupled with the Evolution's slow speed handling makes IFR flying a breeze. The trailing link landing gear insures that even hard landings are soft. There are 2 de-ice options, traditional boots or Thermawing. The Evolution offers the BRS airframe chute as an option.

Utility: The Evolution’s 300 kt speed, 1100 nm range, and 1950 lb useful load make it an excellent business tool. Kansas City to Scottsdale in 3 hours, Dallas to Denver in 2 hours, are some trip examples.  After 168 gallons of fuel you still have 800 lbs of payload and the cabin space and baggage room to accommodate it. 4 tall people fit very comfortably in the plane, I’m 6’3” and have a lot of room in the back seat. Its short field capability (1000 ft take off and landing) opens up many small town or private airstrips (including grass strips with the RSLG option). Its 37’ wing span means it can fit in a t-hangar. The Evolution’s fuel burn (32-39 GPH depending on PT6 model) and single engine maintenance result in lower operating costs ($200/hour) than twins, VLJ’s, and larger turboprops. The Evolution's acquisition cost ($900K to 1.5M depending on engine) is significantly lower than comparable pressurized aircraft (the Cirrus Jet is $1.9M, Piper Meridian $2M for example).

Investment protection: The Evolution couples the latest generation composite airframe design with Garmin glass panel technology that already is ADS-B compliant. Whether you use the PT6 or the Lycoming iE2 540 you don’t have to worry about the future of aviation fuels. Jet A isn’t going away and the electronic Lycoming can accommodate whatever becomes the new Avgas standard.  Aesthetically the Evolution looks cool and futuristic, don’t buy one if you don’t like crowds gathering at your plane at FBOs. Unless you really need more than 4 seats the Evolution is the last plane you would ever need to buy.