DISCOVERY XL-2 CERTIFICATION/DESIGN
The XL-2 is certified in the United States under FAR Part 23 as an IFR Certified aircraft. The XL-2 has also achieved equivalent certification in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand & EASA Countries (including) Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstien, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, & the United Kingdom.
Additional certification for other countries will follow.
We achieved our design goal to provide a 2 seat aircraft that is safe, reliable and economical with comfort and performance characteristics in mind. To achieve the aircraft design goals in terms of weight, performance, cost of materials and production time, Discovery incorporated the best materials and the latest processing and manufacturing technology.
Carbon Fiber Fuselage
The XL-2 is constructed using Toray composites (the same carbon fiber used for the Boeing 787). It is light weight and provides exceptional durability and performance. The fuselage weighs only 70 pounds and is stronger than a comparable aluminum fuselage, which contributes to the exceptional performance and fuel efficiency of the XL-2.
The XL-2 has three modular components - the fuselage, a rolling chassis, and the wings, that come together to efficiently manufacture a high technology aircraft. The wings of the aircraft are removable in about 10 minutes by a licensed mechanic, enabling multiple aircraft to be stored in a small hangar footprint for flight schools in the event of severe weather.
International customers also benefit from an aircraft that can easily be disassembled for overseas shipment. The XL-2 can easily ship in a 20' container or for fleet order customers, our team can secure 2 aircraft in a 40' container - significantly decreasing freight costs.
Ease of Maintenance
The XL-2 was designed with the mechanic in mind. The belly panel can easily be removed to expose all of the major aircraft systems. Mechanics routinely perform 100 hour inspections on XL-2's in about 10 hours, versus 25 hours for competitive aircraft. Due to this significant decrease in maintenance costs, the XL-2 increases the aircraft's dispatch reliability - an element crucial for flight school evaluations.
Technologically Advanced Avionics
The XL-2 comes with a standard glass avionics panel optimized for flight training that includes a Garmin GMA 350 Audio panel, a GTN 650 Nav/Com, a GTX 33 Transponder, a GNC 255 Nav/Com, a GI 106A CDI/GS and an MD200-306 CDI/GS. Additional options are available for the XL-2 that include a G500 Dual Screen Electronic Flight Display, a DME, an ADF, and an Autopilot.
The piston-powered Continental IO-240B engine is equipped with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) - a digital engine that monitors each engine cylinder 20xs per second, continuously adjusting fuel flow, spark timing & duration and automatically produces maximum power with ultimate efficiency under any flight condition.. The XL-2 burns only 5.0 gallons per hour and is the most efficient aircraft in its class.
The XL-2 has the lowest carbon footprint of any IFR certified aircraft The low energy fabrication process for the carbon fiber fuselage reduces energy usage, volatile organic compounds and CO2 in manufacturing. The XL-2 is the "Greenest" aircraft available today.