News 2015

Most Innovative Product Award

In April 2015, Oratex won the coveted prize for the most innovative product at AERO Friedrichshafen. AERO Friedrichshafen is for Europe what EAA Airventure (Oshkosh) is for North America. The prize is awarded by the "Fliegermagazin" (Flyer's Magazine), the most popular German language pilot's magazine.

More STCs

In Europe, the number of EASA STCs and German LBA approvals of Oratex for standard category aircraft has increased to 30, meaning that 30 different types of aircraft are legal to be covered in Oratex now under EASA rules. Furthermore, there are about 20 types of airplanes where Oratex approvals are under active evaluation.

Multiple Valdez Winners

At the famous Alaskan Valdez STOL competition, Frank Knapp won for the third time in a row in his class with the yellow Oratex covered "Lil'Cub". (He also placed first in Oshkosh last year during the friendly STOL demonstration.) Lil'Cub is a homebuilt designed around a J3 fuselage clone and SuperCub clone wings and tailfeathers. In a second category in Valdez, Bobby Breeden won with a brand new proprietary design, the gloss black "Glacier Cub," also covered in Oratex6000. The Glacier Cub, designed by Bob Breeden, Jon Bush, Dan Dufault and Bobby Breeden, is a Super Cub experimental that is absolutely maximized for STOL. It has everything and anything, including a super strong four cylinder engine and the best landing gear we have ever seen. Yet it all comes in a reasonably lightweight package, made possible by the use of Oratex fabric.

Solar Impulse 2 Sets Records

The first long range capable solar powered aircraft, Solar Impulse, was completely Oratex covered and only viable because of the massive Oratex weight savings. The new larger Solar Impulse 2 that is circumnavigating the globe on solar power right now is completely Oratex covered as well.

New Color

Oratex/BetterAircraftFabric has also come out with a new color: Corsair Blue in the 6000 bush flying grade, as a completely opaque, non-translucent covering.

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