|Found Aircraft FBA-2C1 BushHawk|
|First flight||11 August 1960|
|Developed from||Found FBA-1|
Design and development
The Found FBA-2 is an all-metal development of the company's first design, the Found FBA-1. The prototype first flew on 11 August 1960. It is a high-wing monoplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage. The production version was to be the Found FBA-2B but the aircraft was produced with a conventional tail-wheel landing gear as the Found FBA-2C. The first production FBA-2C first flew on 9 May 1962. It is powered by an Avco Lycoming O-540-A1D engine and had a slightly longer cabin and enlarged cabin doors than the prototype. Originally, float or ski landing gear was available through third parties, and later became a factory option. Production ended in 1965 to concentrate on building the newer and larger Centennial 100. Thirty-four had been built.
In 1996 the design was acquired by Found Aircraft Development who developed an improved model the FBA-2C2 Bush Hawk-XP. This model was certified by Transport Canada in March, 1999 and by the Federal Aviation Administration in March, 2000. This version was manufactured between 2000-2007, after which it was replaced by a new version of the same basic airframe designated the Expedition E350 and the Expedition E350XC.
The E350 is an evolutionary development of the basic FBA-2 aimed at the personal use market. The Expedition E350 was FAA type certified in December 2008. The aircraft can be equipped with four or five seats and has a full fuel payload in excess of 900 pounds. It has a range of 700 nmi (1,296 km) at a cruise speed of 156 kn (289 km/h) and is powered by a Lycoming IO-580 powerplant producing 315 hp (235 kW). The E350 has been designed with rugged landing gear for operating from unprepared surfaces and has STOL performance.
Pacific Aerospace acquired the E-350 program in early 2016 from Found Aircraft. In September 2016, the E-350 Expedition tooling was shipped to its Hamilton, New Zealand plant. Pacific Aerospace planned to relaunch production of the five-seat type in the first half of 2017, but this date was not achieved. It is also planned to produce the E-350 in its joint venture plant in China with Beijing General Aviation Company. The joint venture will be known as Beijing Pan-Pacific Aerospace Technology.
- Prototype, one built.
- Initial production variant, 26 built.
- FBA-2C1 Bush Hawk 300
- Improved variant with a 300hp Lycoming IO-540L, one built.
- FBA-2C1 Bush Hawk XP
- Production variant of the Bush Hawk 300, 31 built.
- FBA-2C2 Bush Hawk 300XP
- Minor changes, 6 built.
- FBA-2C3 Expedition E350
- Tricycle landing gear first flown in 2006, 3 built.
- FBA-2C4 Expedition E350XC
- Tail-wheel, one built.
- Proposed variant powered by a 290hp Lycoming engine, not built.
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965-66 
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 4 passengers
- Length: 26 ft 5 in (8.05 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
- Height: 8 ft 4 in (2.54 m)
- Wing area: 180 sq ft (17 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,550 lb (703 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 56 imp gal (67 US gal; 250 L)
- Powerplant: 1 × Avco Lycoming O-540-A1D air-cooled flat-six engine, 250 hp (190 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed Hartzell constant-speed, 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) diameter
- Maximum speed: 147 mph (237 km/h, 128 kn) at sea level
- Cruise speed: 129 mph (208 km/h, 112 kn) at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) (econ cruise, 60% power)
- Stall speed: 48 mph (77 km/h, 42 kn) (power off, 35 degree flaps)
- Range: 610 mi (980 km, 530 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,100 ft/min (5.6 m/s)
- Found Aircraft Development. "Found Aircraft - A Brief History". Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
- Expedition Aircraft. "Expedition Aircraft". Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
- Grady, Mary (December 2008). "Canada's Expedition E350 Gets FAA OK". Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Sarsfield, Kate. "Pacific Aerospace's Chinese venture ready for 21 October inauguration". Flight Global. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
- Niles, Russ (13 November 2016). "Found Expedition To Resume Production". AVweb. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
- Pacific Aerospace (1 November 2016). "Pacific Aerospace: Pacific Aerospace to Build the E-350 Expedition". www.aerospace.co.nz. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
- Taylor 1965, pp. 23–24.
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