Paladin Golden Eagle

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Golden Eagle
Role Powered parachute
National origin United States
Manufacturer Paladin Industries
Status In production
Number built 50 (2000)[1]
Unit cost
US$15,000 (2001)

The Paladin Golden Eagle is an American powered parachute, designed and produced by Paladin Industries of Pennsauken, New Jersey.[1][2][3]

Design and development[edit]

The Golden Eagle was designed as a US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles two-seat trainer. It features a parachute-style high-wing, two-seats-in-tandem accommodation, tricycle landing gear and a single 65 hp (48 kW) Hirth 2706 engine in pusher configuration. The 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine is a factory option.[1][2][3][4]

The aircraft carriage is constructed from a combination of bolted aluminium and 4130 steel tubing. In flight steering is accomplished via a weight-shift tilt-bar that actuates the canopy brakes, creating roll and yaw. On the ground the aircraft has lever-controlled nosewheel steering. The factory-provided canopy is an Apco Ram Air with an area of 500 sq ft (46 m2). The landing gear incorporates independent hydraulic struts for suspension. The aircraft is factory supplied in the form of an assembly kit that requires 50 hours to complete.[2][4]

Specifications (Golden Eagle)[edit]

Data from Manufacturer[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
  • Wing area: 500 sq ft (46 m2)
  • Empty weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
  • Gross weight: 850 lb (386 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 10 U.S. gallons (38 L; 8.3 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth 2706 twin cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, 65 hp (48 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 28 mph (24 kn; 45 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 3.81:1
  • Rate of climb: 500 ft/min (2.5 m/s)
  • Rate of sink: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 1.7 lb/sq ft (8.3 kg/m2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Downey, Julia: 2000 Trike and 'Chute Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 17, Number 2, February 2000, page 50. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page D-9. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  3. ^ a b Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 83. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  4. ^ a b c Paladin Industries (undated). "Specifications". Retrieved 14 March 2012. 

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