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FLS Microjet - N60LC

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Justin Lewis's FLS (BD-5J) N60LC. Source : with courtesy of John B Meyer (2011 EAA Copperstate Fly-in)
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Justin Lewis's FLS (BD-5J) N60LC. Source : Copperstate meeting in Casa Grande (Arizona), October 22, 2011. Image courtesy of John B Meyer.
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Justin Lewis's FLS. Image courtesy of Justin Lewis.

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.

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Justin Lewis's FLS N60LC. Photo taken on July 3, 2011 at Tyler Pounds Field Airport, TX, USA. Source : Image courtesy of Dave Stubbington
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The glass cockpit is fully interactive with the HOTAS controls and improves situational awareness while reducing pilot workload. Source : With courtesy of Justin Lewis
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Justin Lewis's FLS. Source : With courtesy of Justin Lewis.
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Justin Lewis's FLS N60LC. Photo was taken on May 27, 2012 in Blakely, Mesquite, TX, USA. Source: Image Courtesy of photographer Dave Stubbington.
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Justin Lewis's FLS N60LC. Source: Copperstate meeting in Casa Grande, Arizona, October 22, 2011, Image courtesy of photographer Zdenek Kaspar.

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.

For more information, do not hesitate to visit the website:

http://flsmicrojet.com/


BD-5JV - D-EBDJ

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Owner and Pilot, Peter Jo Volk. With courtesy of Peter
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Photos taken during the 2nd flight. With the courtesy of Peter Jo Volk.

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).

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Manching approach on August 17, 2012. Courtesy of Peter Jo Volk.
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Rare picture showing the plane seen from above, Manching 2012, courtesy of Peter Jo Volk.
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The plane in its new decoration. Photo published in September 2015 by Peter Jo Volk.
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Another picture of the plane with its beautiful decoration.

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BD-5J - Kedan 1 (& 2) - N100DK

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Kedan 1 ready for its first flight in 2012
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Kedan 1, the jet nozzle of the JetCat P200 is visible at the rear of the fuselage, below that of the TJ100.

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.

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Kedan 1 in flight over California. Photo: Courtesy of Lucy Scaranzzi
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Another view of the Kedan 1. Picture provided by Lucy Scaranzzi