Fauvel AV.36

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AV.36
Fauvel AV-36.JPG
An AV.36 taking-off on an aerotow launch
Role Flying wing glider
Manufacturer Homebuilt
Designer Charles Fauvel
First flight December 31 1951
Number built over 100

The Fauvel AV.36 was a single-seat tailless glider designed in France in the 1950s by Charles Fauvel. Although the "AV" in AV.36 stands for Aile Volante (Flying Wing), it was not a true flying wing: it featured two large fins mounted on stubby tailbooms extending back from the wing's trailing edge, and accommodated the pilot within a stubby fuselage. The aircraft was designed to be quickly disassembled for road transport, with the nose detaching, and the fins able to fold back against the trailing edge of the wing. A refined version with a slightly longer wingspan, the AV.361 was introduced in 1960.

The AV.36 lent itself to easy motorisation, with some builders installing an engine at the rear of the cockpit pod to drive a pusher propeller turning between the tail fins, and the Bölkow factory manufactured some aircraft in this configuration as the AV.36 C11.

Plans for the AV.36 have not been available in France since Fauvel's death in 1979, but as of 2012 they are still available from Canadian supplier Falconar Avia of Edmonton, Alberta.[1]

Variants[edit]

AV.36
AV.361[2]
AV.36 C11

Specifications (AV.36)[edit]

A restored Fauvel AV.36
A Fauvel AV.36 at the French Air & Space Museum.

Data from The World's Sailplanes:Die Segelflugzeuge der Welt:Les Planeurs du Monde Volume II[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in) nose to rudder tips
  • Wingspan: 12.78 m (41 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) at cockpit
  • Wing area: 14.6 m2 (157 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 11.4
  • Airfoil: F2 17%
  • Empty weight: 125 kg (276 lb)
  • Gross weight: 215 kg (474 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 258 kg (569 lb)

Performance

  • Stall speed: 58 km/h (36 mph; 31 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 220 km/h (137 mph; 119 kn)
  • Rough air speed max: 158 km/h (98.2 mph; 85.3 kn)
  • Aerotow speed: 128 km/h (79.5 mph; 69.1 kn)
  • Winch launch speed: 119 km/h (73.9 mph; 64.3 kn)
  • Terminal velocity: with full airbrakes 165 km/h (103 mph; 89 kn)
  • g limits: +8 -4 at 254 km/h (157.8 mph; 137.1 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 26 at 84 km/h (52.2 mph; 45.4 kn)
  • Rate of sink: 0.75 m/s (148 ft/min) at 65 km/h (40.4 mph; 35.1 kn)
  • Wing loading: 14.7 kg/m2 (3.0 lb/sq ft) normal 17.7 kg/m² (3.625 lb/sqft) maximum

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Fauvel AV.45

Related lists

List of gliders

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Purdy, Don (1998). AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook. BAI Communications. p. 307. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1. 
  2. ^ Air Trails: 80. Winter 1971. 
  3. ^ Shenstone, B.S.; K.G. Wilkinson (1963). The World's Sailplanes:Die Segelflugzeuge der Welt:Les Planeurs du Monde Volume II (in Primarily English with French and German) (1st ed.). Zurich: Organisation Scientifique et Technique Internationale du Vol a Voile (OSTIV) and Schweizer Aero-Revue. pp. 79–81. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 193. 
  • Shenstone, B.S.; K.G. Wilkinson (1963). The World's Sailplanes:Die Segelflugzeuge der Welt:Les Planeurs du Monde Volume II (in Primarily English with French and German) (1st ed.). Zurich: Organisation Scientifique et Technique Internationale du Vol a Voile (OSTIV) and Schweizer Aero-Revue. pp. 79–81. 
  • Purdy, Don (1998). AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook. BAI Communications. p. 307. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1. 

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