Just Aircraft recently completed its newest kit and testing to produce its second recreational plane, the SuperStol (above), in Oconee County. (Photo/Provided)
By Liz Segrist
Published March 5, 2013
Oconee County-based Just Aircraft recently completed flight testing for its second recreational plane.
Just Aircraft has sold more than 300 kits of airplanes, such as the Highlander (above), to customers nationwide and around the world. (Photo/Provided)
It has now sold more than 300 kits to customers throughout the country, as well as internationally, said Harry Berndt, Just Aircraft Co.’s business manager.
About 30% of the kits are exported around the world to Australia, England, France, Spain, New Zealand, Canada and Ecuador, among other places.
The SuperStol is designed as a backcountry plane. It features a slatted, metal wing, enabling it to take off and land with less than 150 feet.
It is also designed to enhance slow-flight capabilities, while also increasing cruise speed. It can cruise at 110 mph and land at 32 mph in non-runway areas.
“It is perfect for backcountry conditions and for making landings in rough grass strips, fields and river beds,” Berndt said.
The company was founded in Idaho in 2002 by aircraft designers and co-owners Troy Woodland and Gary Schmitt. They designed the Escapade airplane, and later, the Highlander.
In 2004, the company moved into a production facility with its own runway in Oconee County. It currently has 12 employees.