AVIC Lucky Bird

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Lucky Bird
Role Ultralight trike
National origin China
Manufacturer AVIC
Status Under development (2013)

The AVIC Lucky Bird (Chinese: Jixiangniao) is a Chinese ultralight trike, under development by AVIC. The aircraft is envisioned for the police, border patrol, traffic and pollution surveillance, reconnaissance, aerial photography, forest fire patrol and touring roles.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft has been noted as unusual due to its national origin and also being the project of a large state-run aviation company that also produces fighters and jet transport aircraft.[1]

Very little technical data has been released about the Lucky Bird to date. It is known that it features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a two-seats-in-tandem open cockpit, tricycle landing gear with wheel pants and a single engine in pusher configuration. A three seat version is also being developed.[1][2]

The aircraft resembles most western-designed trikes. It is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its double surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame weight-shift control bar. The powerplant is an Austrian-made four cylinder, air and liquid-cooled, four-stroke, dual-ignition 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912 engine.[1]

Specifications (Lucky Bird)[edit]

Data from Bayerl[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one or two passengers
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912UL four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 60 kW (80 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed composite

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 206. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b AVIC (undated). "Delta Winged Aircraft". Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

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