The Savage Outback "Shock"

The ultimate STOL aircraft


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Why the Outback Shock Stands Out

  1. Hyper-STOL wing profile for short takeoff & faster rate of climb
  2. Slatted wings & fowler flaps for low-speed control
  3. Oversized outboard shock absorbers to tame the landings
  4. Flattened landing flare lets you see the landing site
  5. Load tested to >1600 pounds

The Outback Shock is available with 180hp Titan or Rotax 912/914 engine.

What Makes A Better Bush Plane?

The list is long, of course, and tailored for specific uses. But some things are fundamental.

  • Short takeoffs. There’s not much runway where we’re going.
  • Quick climbout. To clear surrounding terrain.
  • Short landings. The shorter the better.
  • Tame landings. Good control with minimal touchdown rebound.
  • Safe slow flight. Low stall speed, spin resistance.
  • Easy to fly. Responsive controls & ergonomic design.
  • Simple, strong construction, repairable in the field.

A Brief Video Intro To The Savage Outback Shock

A Shocking Development

It has been several decades since Piper’s PA-18 SuperCub set the bar for bush flying. Since then a series of technological and design innovations have enhanced the off-runway performance of cub-like aircraft with more power, lower weight, added lift, better control and braking.

But one vital component—suspension—is too often overlooked.

The Outback Shock gets it right with custom hydraulic, side mounted shock absorbers (12” travel) and suspension geometry integrated into main and tail landing gear, virtually eliminating the problems of touchdown rebound and ground hop that are all too common with traditionally sprung cabane landing gear. The gear position is also moved forward to enhance braking capacity with less risk of overturning. As a result, the Outback Shock lands and taxis with remarkable control and stopping power.

Command of a vehicle on the ground depends upon constant contact between the tires and the surface. Race cars and off-road competitors go to elaborate lengths to balance weight, spring rate and shock damping in order to keep the tires on the ground no matter how rough the surface, or how strong the offsetting forces. Springs, bungee cords or polymer buffers alone will not do this. They may be adequate for light GA airplanes operated on maintained runways, but landing on river banks, mountain slopes and ultra-short fields demands more, and the Outback Shock delivers.

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Your first landing in a Savage Outback Shock will be unforgettable. The energy absorbing capacity of outboard shocks and fat bush tires just has to be experienced.

No more “Touchdown Rebound!”

A Hyper-STOL Wing

The Outback Shock’s radically improved wing is a critical feature of the airplane. Here is a summary of new features:

  • Customized hyper-STOL wing profile with 6” added chord length, new spars, stamped aluminum ribs, strengthened attachments and other structural improvements
  • Tested to more than 1,600 pounds @ 6g for over 2 minutes without deformation.
  • Square wing tips and wing tip fences to control tip vortex and reduce drag.
  • A 40% increase in aileron surface, together with refined airflow design, allow the pilot to keep full control authority at extremely low speed on approach.
  • Double slotted fowler style flaps with extended surface area 70% larger than the baseline. These can be equipped with mini vortex generators installed inside the vane.
  • The pitching moment generated by the flaps results in a lower nose attitude on approach, allowing the pilot to see the landing area.
  • Significantly increased lift coefficient provides noteworthy performance in landing and takeoff.
  • Vortex generators available for the wings, rudder, flaps and horizontal tail.
  • Optional extra-light wing slats pivot in response to airflow, slowing the airplane to very low speed. This simple slat device was developed and extensively tested in Alaska to minimize cruise speed reduction (<3 mph) and yield predictable performance on approach, in turbulence, during turning or sideslip, and near the ground.
  • Over 3” additional aft extension of the rudder and elevator surface area to balance the moment from the new wing design.

Just imagine...

Actually you don’t have to imagine! In the Outback Shock you’ll fly into (and out of!) remote situations that were otherwise inaccessible. Take it, fly it, go where you want to go.

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Super-size Me!

And more beef, please.

The airframe is reinforced and refined, with more headspace and elbow room, easier ingress and ergonomic design. The forward airframe is beefy to handle 180hp and outboard shock mounts.

Zlin super-sized the elevator and rudder, fundamental elements in ultra-slow flight.

The stabilizer’s vertical travel, with its new jack screw trim system, is increased to balance the angle of incidence of the hyper-STOL wing.

Thin composite seats are tough and comfortable.

More up-sizing is at work in the wing (longer chord than a SuperCub), flaps (70% more area) and extended aileron chord (40% more).

A Winning Tradition

There is a reason why more than 90% of the two-seater aircraft in Alaska are tube and fabric taildraggers with tandem seats, the traditional decades-old construction.

Bush flying is not about getting there fast, it is about getting in and out of places where fast planes dare not go.

Imagine having to land in extreme circumstances in an airplane designed for well-kept runways, and constructed of materials that are difficult to repair in the field. In the bush, simplicity is a virtue.

The Outback Shock preserves this winning tradition of bush plane design while pushing the boundaries of technology to improve performance where it counts.

Record-setting speed

How does a fabric and tube taildragger presume to set speed records? By flying slow, so slow that a descent in a headwind can appear to be almost vertical.

With its low stall speed the slat-winged Outback Shock is a whole new experience in low/slow flight.

Why go fast?

It’s so much more fun to fly slow!

What does it all mean?

Safety First—The slat-winged Outback Shock is spin-resistant, easy to control and less dangerous in a stall. Its stall angle of attack is so high that the chance of an inadvertent stall on takeoff or approach is greatly reduced.

Remote Access, dependable low-speed control, a hyper-STOL wing, a robust airframe, a dynamic energy absorbing landing gear and bush wheels benefit the pilot in the most critical phases of flight—approach, landing, takeoff and climb.

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Preliminary Performance & Specifications w/100hp Rotax

Performance was tested at Zlin Aviation with the 95hp Rotax 912 ULS engine installed (100hp for 5 minutes). We will equip the 180hp Titan engine in the USA, or optionally, the Rotax. Performance numbers for the Titan equippped Outback Shock will be published soon.

Engine: Rotax 912 ULS 100hp
Prop 2 blade wood
Length 269.3 in
Height w/29" bush wheels 88.5 in
Cabin width 27.1 in
Undercarriage width 92.7 in
MTOW (as LSA) 1320/1430 lbs
Load factor, tested
>1600 lbs, 2 minutes
+6 -3
Vne 137 mph
Max speed, straight line 115 mph
Cruise speed, 75% 90 mph
Climb rate 1000 fpm
Stall speed, full flaps, MTOW 23 mph
Stall speed, full flaps, single pilot 18 mph
Range, 65% 302 nm
Required TO Space, single pilot 115 ft
Required TO space, MTOW 188 ft
Required LDG space, single pilot 58 ft
Required LDF space, MTOW 115 ft

Upcoming Events


U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
Sebring, Florida


EAA Airventure 2016
Oshkosh, Wisconsin


Midwest LSA Expo
Mount Vernon, Illinois


Savage aircraft are distributed in the USA by SportairUSA, LC. Located at KORK North Little Rock Municipal Airport, North Little Rock, Arkansas.


Savage aircraft are manufacured by Zlin Aviation, s.r.o. Located in Napajedla, Czech Republic.

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