Katmai High Lift Canard
The Katmai's unique nose-mounted canard has a functioning elevator that is integrated with the flight control system.
This provides additional lift, reduces the down-load on the tail, increases empennage elevator effectiveness at slow speeds, reduces the stall speed and improves the stall resistance.
This not only reduces the take off and landing distances, but it provides a safe, flat altitude at slow speeds to increase safety, handling and forward visibility.
During taxi, take-off and landing rollout, the canard also reduces much of the weight supported by the nose wheel weight allowing the airplane to be operated from areas too rough for other tri-geared airplanes.
In an engine out emergency, the canard permits lower touch down speeds which drastically reduce impact forces.
All routine engine maintenance can be done without removing the canard. If removal is required for major engine work, the canard structure is designed so it can be quickly removed and reinstalled.
Katmai Aerodynamic Efficiency
The Katmai’s advanced aerodynamics provide additional lift for those ultra-short back country sites.
On take off the airplane transitions into a safe flat altitude at 45 knots signaling the Katmai is now ahead of the power curve.
At this point steep turns may be made safely. An engine failure on take off does not present a hazard, and an emergency landing may be made safely.