No. 12269. SAM SAM LS (C-IJTZ c/n 001)
Photographed at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, July 29, 2013, by Robert Hodgson


02/28/2014. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg and Johan Visschedijk: "This light aircraft was developed by Frenchman Thierry Zibi and in 2007 he founded Haim Aviation in his native country, but moved the company to Canada where in 2009 it was renamed SAM Aircraft (after Zibi's son).

The all-metal tandem two-seater was designed to meet the LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) criteria and was projected in a variety of models, with choice of tricycle or tail wheel landing gear, open or closed cockpits and also choice of three wings in the CC, LS and STOL models. The wings were interchangeable and ranged in wingspan from 25 ft 2.4 in to 31 ft 9.6 in (7.68 to 9.69 m). The SAM was stressed for +4 and -4G and construction was via the so called modular system.

The unfinished prototype was shown during the 2012 EAA Convention at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, and registered C-IJTZ it first flew on February 26, 2013. Deliveries of kits by SAM Aircraft, Inc were to start later in 2013 or by early-2014.

SAM CC: This was the so called cross-country version with spanning 25 ft 3.6 in (7.71 m). It was available as E-LSA kit and could accept engines in the 80-120 hp range, but initially was only available with the Rotax 912 engine.

SAM LS: The LSA model with 28 ft 6 in (7.77 m) wingspan and available as E-LSA (70% kit) and S-LSA (ready-to-fly). The standard engine was an 100 hp Rotax 912ULS. The prototype C-IJTZ represented the LS model which featured a tri-gear.

SAM STOL: A STOL version with 31 ft 9.6 in (9.69 m) wingspan and larger flaps and ailerons. Like the LS model this was available in E-LSA and S-LSA versions."

Created February 28, 2014