Pegasus: the Sleek, New Aircraft, Made in MexicoBy Dania Vargas Austryjak
Prototype with Mexican-developed tech
A fast, low cost, agile two-seater. Enter “Pegasus.” The aircraft prototype designed and developed by Raul and Rodrigo Fernandez, the father-son duo, both heads of Oaxaca Aerospace. It is the first aircraft created with Mexican technology.
Oaxaca Aerospace presented the prototype of Pegasus PE-210A, the first Mexican aircraft developed with its own technology,during Mexico’s Aerospace Fair 2015. It is designed to be a fast and agile craft with low operational costs. The project initiated in 2011 and concluded in mid-2013. This year it began its first runway trials.
The idea was to develop a plane that was totally different from what currently exists. “Most existing aircrafts are designs born in the 50’s that have only been modified in areas such as avionics and engine modernization,”stated Rodrigo Fernandez, quoted in an article from Mexican daily Milenio. “But there hasn’t been one that has undergone a full change to become more efficient and aerodynamic.”
Pegasus’ design characteristics include the canard wing configuration. It has two seats with a control panel each, located at different levels to provide the possibility of a 300° vertical vision and 240° horizontal vision. It will also feature an acrobatic engine.
The aircraft is still undergoing trials and certification for it to be commercialized. According to Rodrigo its potential buyers are armed forces departments, law enforcement agencies, aviation academies and private pilots.
Building the aircraft hasn’t been an easy task but the company has received support in different areas such as manpower, aerospace specialists and funding, which has come from the Mexican government, private companies and universities.
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