Beaujon Enduro

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Enduro
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Beaujon Aircraft
Designer Herbert Beaujon
First flight 1978
Introduction 1978
Status Plans available

The Beaujon Enduro is a single-seat, American high-wing, pusher configuration ultralight aircraft. The Enduro was introduced in 1978 and remains available as plans from Beaujon Aircraft of Ardmore, Oklahoma.[1][2]

Development[edit]

The Enduro is an early ultralight design that was first developed before the United States ultralight category and its FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules were finalized, but it fits into the requirements including the category's maximum 254 lb (115 kg) empty weight.[3]

With the originally specified 82 lb (37 kg) Briggs & Stratton 401417, four-stroke, 656 cc, 16 hp (12 kW) lawn mower powerplant the aircraft has an empty weight of 230 lb (104 kg). The engine burns only 1 US gal (4 l) per hour giving an endurance of 5 hours on the specified 5 US gal (19 l) of fuel, hence the aircraft's name.[3]

Reviewer Andre Cliche says of Beaujon's designs that they are "beautifully simple".[1]

Design[edit]

The Enduro's wing and tail structure include wooden aircraft-grade spruce spars with polystyrene foam ribs. The constant-chord, wooden-framed wing and the tail surfaces are covered with 132 in (1 mm) poplar plywood. The wing is strut-braced.[3]

The tricycle landing gear features a fixed tail skid just behind the cockpit, steel-sprung main-gear suspension and a nose skid. Like many pusher ultralight aircraft the Enduro sits on its tail skid when unoccupied and on its nose skid when a pilot is sitting in the seat. No brakes are specified in the design.[3]

The controls are three-axis, with an overhead-mounted control column. The rudder and ailerons are designed to be interconnected and controlled via the control wheel.[3]

The open frame fuselage consists of 6061T6 aluminum tubing and a single open pilot's seat. The powerplant is installed behind the pilot and above the 5 US gal (19 l) fuel tank.[3]

Beaujon Aircraft supplies plans for the Enduro as 25 free JPEGs, totalling a 15.3 MB download. The plans are free to use, copy and share for personal and nonprofit use as long as the advertisements remain on the pages.[2]


Specifications (Enduro)[edit]

Data from Beaujon[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: no passengers
  • Length: 16 ft 7 in (5.06 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.14 m)
  • Wing area: 102 sq ft (9.49 sq m)
  • Airfoil: Rhodes St. Genese 32
  • Empty weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
  • Useful load: 206 lb (52 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 436 lb (197 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Briggs & Stratton 401417, four-stroke, 656 cc fixed pitch, 16 hp (12 kW)
  • Propellers: 1 propeller, 1 per engine

Performance

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-8. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b Beaujon, Herbert (n.d.). "Beaujon Ultralights". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Beaujon, Herbert (n.d.). "BJ Enduro". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 

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