It's an aircraft built by Justin Lewis (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA) using a FLS (Flight-Line-Series) kit from BD Micro Technologies (BMT). Most of the components are conform to the original Bede specifications but many improvements have been made by BMT. The construction was carried out between 2003 and 2010.
The integration of the turbojet engine was specially designed for the FLS. It uses the PBS TJ-100 in its 265 lb of thrust version. This compact, lightweight turbojet, incorporating a modern FADEC, offers a good power to weight ratio. This integration, called the Quantum Turbine Powerplant System, was done with the help of PBS, which led to the development of several engine safety features.
PBS TJ-100 seems to be the main alternative for the replacement of Microturbo TRS-18
Due to the complexity of the project, it was continuously monitored by BMT. The first flight, Justin at the controls, took place on January 27, 2011. The flight tests were completed on May 5, 2011. Since that date, the aircraft is regularly presented in flight during the season of North American meetings.
In July 2011, was formed the team Lewis & Clark Performance, intended to promote in meeting the FLS Microjet.
US Navy pilots Justin Lewis and Tom Lunsford demonstrate in the US Airshow the high performance and aerobatic capabilities of their aircraft.
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The BD-5 JV, German registered D-EBDJ, made its first flight on 1 August 2012, in the hands of its builder Peter Jo Volk. The flight, which lasted about 15 minutes, took place in Manching ETSI airfield (Bavaria, Germany).
This flight was followed by a second which could be organized on August 17, 2012. The aircraft was mainly built with a kit purchased from a Swiss enthusiast (acquired in The 1970s).
The plane is equipped with a PBS TJ100 B1 turbojet engine. This installation as well as the great number of other evolutions justified the name BD-5 JV (V version).
Designed and built by Dan Gray and Kelly Vogel with the help of Lucy Scaranzzi, Kedan 1 made its first flight on May 15, 2012 in Santa Paula (California) with Dan at the controls.
Kedan 1 (mai 2012)
This first version was called 'Kedan 1' because of the many changes introduced in the design. It was equipped with a PBS TJ100 of 110 kg of thrust and a JetCat P200 of 20 Kg of thrust.During the tests, a fire declared on the JetCat severely damaged the fuselage. It was completely rebuilt.
Kedan 2 (octobre 2013)
The aircraft was rebuilt with a single PBS TJ-100 turbojet and renamed Kedan 2. It flew its first flight on 27 October 2013.