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Challenger Light Sport Information Section
E Series EL-65 & ES-65 and X Series XL-65 & XS-65

The new 582 powered Light Sport E and X Series models greatly surpass older 503 powered Challenger II models in performance and fuel economy plus set a new standard in reliability.

The Challenger Light Sports are a generation beyond earlier 582 powered Challenger II models in ease of handling, enhanced accessibility, greater utility and numerous other attributes.

The current Challenger lineup gives Light Sport choices with a wide range of
features, performance and prices to suit every need and every budget:

582 powered Challenger Light Sport E Series models EL-65 and ES-65
Greatly enhances earlier Challenger II 582 Premium without increasing cost!

582 powered Challenger Light Sport X Series models XL-65 and XS-65
The most dramatic step forward ever taken in the evolution of the Challenger!

New Challenger Light Sport E Series Announced
Light Sport Performance, Handling & Comfort
At Low Challenger II-582 Pricing
New Canadian Dollar Pricing Announced
For Challengers Shipping To Canada
New Pricing Lifts Loonie Up To 88 Cents US
Compensates for Drop in Loonie since 2014
Click here for full details of the announcements!

X Series

Quick Look | XL-65 | XS-65 | Facts & Figures

E Series

E Series - EL-65 & ES-65 - Announcement

E Series & X Series

Overview & Comparison | Features & Contents | Additional Information

Quick-Build Airframe | 582 Power Pack | Amphibious Floats | Light Sport Report | Higher Gross Weight | Pictures

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Challenger Light Sport X Series - XL-65 & XS-65
and
Challenger Light Sport E Series - EL-65 & ES-65

The Ultimate Challengers - Thirty Years In The Making

The new Challenger X Series has replaced the Challenger II as the sales leader world wide. Challenger Light Sports are now flying on every continent but Antarctica!

The Challenger Light Sport models XL-65 and XS-65 were originally designed expressly
for diverse Canadian missions in a wide range of terrain and temperatures.

Development was driven by thirty years of real world experience on wheels, skis and floats. Numerous features and design enhancements based on customer inputs are incorporated.

Announced in 2016 the Challenger Light Sport E Series models EL-65 and ES-65
incorporate key improvements of the top of the line XL-65 and XS-65
at lower prices closely comparable to the earlier Challenger II models.

The E Series significantly uplifts the Challenger II's capabilities without uplifting the cost.
The Challenger Light Sport EL-65 and ES-65 provide a lower priced upgrade path for those whose budgets and needs are not up to the level of the more fully featured XL-65 and XS-65.

Wheels, tundras, skis, wheel/skis, floats, amphibious floats, ... all with STOL performance. Versatility is just one reason why the Challenger is by far the most popular in its class.

The Light Sport E and X Series models are powered by the proven Challenger 582 Power Pack which has been the number one choice of owners since 2005. The ASTM certified Bombardier Rotax 582 Mod 99 Blue Head engine produces 30% more horsepower and 34% more torque than its predecessor the 503. All this with a specific fuel consumption 23% lower!

The oil injected 582 has proven itself in 10 years of real world use, delivering exceptional performance, excellent fuel economy and outstanding reliability in a wide range of terrains throughout the extremes of four season climates. The acquisition outlay is dramatically lower than for any aircraft in this class plus hourly operating and maintenance costs are unbeatable.

The Light Sport E and X Series models expand the top end of the Challenger's envelope while retaining the trademark docile nature, low stall speed and great glide characteristics.

The new models are even easier to assemble, are more ergonomic and are more rugged.
They are easier to fly plus carry heavier payloads, cruise faster and cover longer distances.

Quick
Look

Light
Sport

X
Series

(pdf)
The new Challenger Light Sport
X Series has earned acclaim as
the most dramatic step forward
ever taken in the 30 year
evolution of the Challenger!
Challenger Light Sports
have replaced the Challenger II
as sales leader world wide.
X Series

XL-65
HiLites

(pdf)
The new Challenger Light Sport
X Series Model XL-65
is a high power, high lift aircraft for amphibious floats, heavy loads and high density altitudes.
X Series

XS-65
HiLites

(pdf)
The new XS-65 is a clip wing
derivative of the popular XL-65
with a max cruise of 100+ mph,
an impressive payload,
long range wing tanks, and
a fuselage baggage compartment.
XL-65
&
XS-65

Facts
&
Figures

(pdf)
The facts and figures for the
new Challenger Light Sport
X Series
XL-65 and XS-65
are given here.
There are specs such as
gross weight and payload
plus performance numbers
such as cruise speed and range.
Light
Sport

E
Series

EL-65
&
ES-65


The new Light Sport E Series
EL-65 and ES-65
incorporate key improvements
of the top of the line
XL-65 and XS-65
at lower prices
closely comparable
to earlier Challenger II models.
The Challenger II's capabilities
are significantly uplifted
without uplifting the cost.
XL-65
&
EL-65

O & C

(pdf)
Challenger Light Sport
EL-65 & XL-65
Overview & Comparison

Design Objectives, Target Missions, Configurations, Specs, Performance
XL-65
&
EL-65

F & C

(pdf)
Challenger Light Sport
EL-65 & XL-65
Features & Contents

In Depth
Standard & Optional
Special Order Upgrades
XL-65
&
EL-65

Addtnl
Info

(pdf)
Challenger Light Sport
EL-65 & XL-65
Additional Information

Aircraft Registration
Pilot Licensing
Inspections & Maintenance
Quick
Build
Airframe

No
Extra
Cost
Structure / Covering / Assembly
Quick-Build Kit includes Factory Built Tail, Wings, Fuselage, Panel
Factory Installed Dual Controls
Factory Pre-Cut, Pre-Sewn Fabric
No Parts Fabrication Required
Simple Assembly - No Building
Complete Package or Via Subkits
Bespoke
582
Power
Pack
Challenger Light Sports come with proven, highly reliable Power Packs consisting of ASTM certified Bombardier-Rotax 582 engine with matched reduction drive and prop.
Amphib Floats Puddlejumper amphibious floats have been the preferred choice of Challenger owners for two decades.
The composite amphibs are the most aerodynamic, most hydrodynamic, least weight, and the least cost too!
Light Sport Report This article details the new features and enhancements included in the
Light Sport X Series XL-65 and XS-65
designed for diverse missions in extremes of terrain and temperature.
Higher Gross Weight This article discusses the topic of gross weight and includes a
historical perspective as well as the engineering behind the higher limits of the new Light Sport X Series
XL-65 and XS-65 models.

The new easy entry cabin which comes standard with all the new Light Sports
greatly improves ergonomics for pilots and passengers large and small, short and tall.

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