Christavia Mk I

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Christavia Mk I
Christavia MK I (N145WK).jpg
Christavia Mk I
Role Homebuilt aircraft
National origin Canada
Designer Ron Mason
First flight 1983
Introduction 1983
Number built 350 (2002)[1]
Variants Christavia Mk IV
Christavia Mk I
Christavia Mk I
Christavia Mk I

The Christavia Mk I is a Canadian homebuilt aircraft designed by Ron Mason. The aircraft is supplied in the form of plans for amateur construction. Designed for missionary flying in Africa, the aircraft's name means "Christ-in-Aviation".

The Christavia Mk I first flew in 1983 and over 350 had been completed and flown by 2002.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Christavia is a single engine, high wing, conventional landing gear-equipped aircraft. The fuselage is of 4130 steel tube construction and the wings predominantly wooden, all with aircraft fabric covering. The acceptable power range is 65 to 100 hp (48 to 75 kW) and the standard powerplant used is the 65 hp (48 kW) Continental A65 four stroke four cylinder horizontally opposed piston aircraft engine.[1][2][3][4]

Plans are marketed by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co as well as Mason's company, Elmwood Aviation of Frankford, Ontario (formerly in Belleville, Ontario).[1][2][3][5][4]

The designer estimated the construction time as 2000 hours.[1]

Variants[edit]

Christavia Mk I
Two seat tandem[4]
Christavia Mk II
Two seat side-by-side
Christavia Mk IV
Four place 150 hp (112 kW)[4]

Specifications (Christavia Mk I)[edit]

Data from Experimenter and KitPlanes[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 6.40 m (21 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.91 m (32 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 13.58 m2 (146.2 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 340 kg (750 lb)
  • Gross weight: 680 kg (1,500 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 19 U.S. gallons (72 L; 16 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental A-65 horizontally opposed piston aircraft engine, 48 kW (65 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 217 km/h; 117 kn (135 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 169 km/h; 91 kn (105 mph)
  • Range: 483 km; 261 nmi (300 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,267 m (14,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 4.6 m/s (900 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Downey, Julia: 2003 Plans Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 20, Number 1, January 2003, page 20. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b "Project Patrol George Stulgatis’ Christavia Mk I". Experimenter. 
  3. ^ a b "Building a Christavia". Air Progress: 30. April 1991. 
  4. ^ a b c d Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, page 150. BAI Communications, 15 July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  5. ^ Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co (2013). "Christavia". Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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