The company’s plans include a U.S.-based assembly and demonstration site and a dedicated sales and marketing team. In all, Elixir expects to create more than 100 new U.S.-based jobs in the next few years, according to CEO and co-founder Arthur Léopold Léger.
The Elixir, a two-seater designed as a trainer as well as a recreational airplane, can be ordered with a 100-horsepower Rotax 912iS engine, which produces a cruise speed of 125 KTAS, or a 140-hp, turbocharged Rotax 915iS that will yield a 150-KTAS cruise at 75-percent power. The airplane has earned its European Union Aviation Safety Agency CS-23 certification, rules that are reciprocated in the standards of the FAA’s Part 23 regulations.
Noteworthy features include what Elixir calls its OneShot technology, a process that allows its airframe to be built with fewer parts and assemblies using large, one-piece carbon fiber elements. For example, the wing is made without ribs or spars, and control surfaces are made using the same OneShot methods. This means simpler construction, lighter weight, fewer parts, fewer failures, less maintenance, and lower cost, according to Elixir.
Other details include wing-mounted stall fences that preserve aileron control at low airspeeds, a ventral keel for improved directional stability, a single fuel tank, Garmin G3X avionics, a Garmin GI260 angle of attack indicator, and a BRS ballistic parachute.
The company lists the new Elixir at 282,000 Euros (including value-added tax); it has not released pricing in U.S. dollars.