Michael performs in air shows in an Extra 330SC, arguably the world’s premiere aerobatic competition and air show plane. When asked about his Extra, Michael will tell you: “this is the best aerobatic airplane I have ever owned”.
Produced by Extra Aircraft of Germany, the 330SC is lighter, faster and more maneuverable than any other aircraft of this type. The main difference between the 330SC and Mike’s former air show plane, the 300SHP, is its wing design. The new wing and increased maneuverability gives Mike’s “SC” an even faster roll rate and gives him the ability to take his air show performance to an even higher level of extreme aerobatics. The Extra tumbles and rotates at awe inspiring rates in almost any attitude, which gives Michael the freedom to use his imagination to create an air show performance that is second to none!
Mike’s Extra is equipped with a Lycoming Thunderbolt IO-580 engine. The Thunderbolt IO-580 is a custom built high compression engine built by the Lycoming factory itself. The Thunderbolt is the choice of engine for aerobatic pilots and discriminating homebuilders the world over.
To harness the almost 400 horsepower of the Lycoming IO-580, Michael chooses the all composite Hartzell propeller. Nicknamed the “Claw”, due to its pulling power, the Hartzell propeller is the prop of choice for many of the world’s best aerobatic pilots and it’s also the “official” prop of the Red Bull Air Race.
|Empty weight||1,290 lbs. (585 kg.)|
|Wingspan||24.6 feet (7.5 meters)|
|Engine||350hp Lycoming Thunderbolt IO-580|
|Propeller||Hartzell’s “Claw” Composite 3-blade Propeller|
|Construction||Carbon fiber wings and steel tube fuselage|
|Speeds||Top speed, 260 mph – stall speed, 60 mph|
|Roll rate||380 degrees per second|