The Husky has been one of the best-selling light aircraft designs of the last 20 years, with more than 650 sold since production began.
The Husky features a braced high wing, tandem seating and dual controls. The structure is steel tube frames and Dacron covering over all but the rear of the fuselage, plus metal leading edges on the wings. The high wing was selected for good all-around visibility, making the Husky ideal for observation and patrol roles. Power is supplied by a relatively powerful (for the Husky's weight) 180 hp (134 kW) Textron Lycoming O-360 flat four piston engine turning a constant speed propeller. The Husky's high power-to-weight ratio and low wing loading result in good short-field performance.
Options include floats, skis and banner and glider tow hooks.
Certified on 18 August 2003 without flaps and 21 October 2005 with flaps. Powered by a Lycoming 0-320-D2A, 160 hp (119 kW). The Pup has a smaller engine, a gross weight of 2,000 lb (907 kg) and a useful load of 775 lb (352 kg)
A Garmin equipped A-1C cockpit
Certified on 24 September 2007. Powered by a Lycoming 0-360-A1P of 180 hp (134 kW). The 180 has a gross weight of 2,200 lb (998 kg) and a useful load of 925 lb (420 kg)
Certified on 24 September 2007. Powered by a Lycoming IO-360-A1D6 of 200 hp (149 kW). The 200 has a gross weight of 2,200 lb (998 kg) and a useful load of 880 lb (399 kg)
Accidents and incidents
On July 14, 1989 a Husky A-1 operated by the U.S. Border Patrol crashed in flat desert terrain in Arizona while tracking footprints near the U.S.-Mexican border, killing the pilot. The aircraft was flying with flaps set at 20 degrees, while the pilot operating handbook recommends 30 degrees for all maneuvering with flaps extended and indicates that a loss of altitude of 150 feet can be expected in a power-off stall condition. The US National Transportation Safety Board determined the cause of the accident to be "failure of the pilot to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall. The lack of altitude for recovery was a related factor." The U.S. Border Patrol eliminated the Husky from its inventory following this accident.