The Found FBA-2 was a 1960s Canadian four/five-seat cabin monoplane produced by Found Brothers Aviation.
Design and development
The Found FBA-2
was an all-metal development of the company's first design, the Found FBA-1
. The prototype first flew on 11 August 1960
. It was a high-wing monoplane with a fixed tricycle undercarriage. The production version was to be the Found FBA-2B
but the aircraft was produced with a conventional tail-wheel landing gear as the Found FBA-2C
. The first production FBA-2C first flew on 9 May 1962
. It was powered by an Avco Lycoming O-540-A1D engine and had a slightly longer cabin and enlarged cabin doors than the prototype. Originally, float or ski landing gear was available through third parties, and later became a factory option. Production ended in 1965 to concentrate on building the newer and larger Centennial 100
. Thirty-four had been built.
In 1996 the design was acquired by Found Aircraft Development who developed an improved model the FBA-2C2 Bush Hawk-XP. This model was certified by Transport Canada in March, 1999 and by the Federal Aviation Administration in March, 2000. This version was manufactured between 2000-2007, after which it was replaced by a new version of the same basic airframe designated the Expedition E350 and the Expedition E350XC.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). London: Orbis Publishing.