Draco – A Beast of a Bushplane

Eight days before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, Mike Patey, EAA 1118534, completed his latest project, Draco, and flew it to the convention. Draco stole the show and drew awestruck crowds. It began life as a PZL Wilga but has been heavily modified into an experimental exhibition category aircraft powered by a 680-shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-28 turboprop engine with a 102-inch, four-bladed MT propeller. The 2,500-pound four-seater takes off in 97 feet, lands in 110 feet, and has a 4,000 fpm climb rate with an approximately 35 mph stall speed. Draco debuted its incredible STOL capabilities at AirVenture’s Twilight Flight Fest STOL competition. Read more about Draco, and Mike and his twin brother, Mark Patey, in the March issue of EAA Sport Aviation.

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