Peña Bilouis

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Bilouis
Role Aerobatic amateur-built aircraft
National origin France
Designer Louis Peña
First flight 2 June 1991
Status Plans available (2012)
Unit cost
750 (plans only, 2011)
Developed from Peña Capeña

The Peña Bilouis is a French aerobatic amateur-built aircraft that was designed by the competitive aerobatic pilot Louis Peña of Dax, Landes and made available in the form of plans for amateur construction.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Bilouis is a development of the single-seat Peña Capeña and, like the Capeña, is also aerobatic. It features a cantilever low-wing, a two-seats-in-tandem enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1]

The Bilouis is made from wood. Its 8 m (26.2 ft) span wing has an area of 10 m2 (110 sq ft) and mounts flaps. The standard recommended engines are the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 and the fuel-injected 200 hp (149 kW) Lycoming IO-360 four-stroke powerplants.[1]

Specifications (Bilouis)[edit]

Data from Bayerl[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 10 m2 (110 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 600 kg (1,323 lb)
  • Gross weight: 750 kg (1,653 lb) for aerobatics, 840 kg (1852 lbs) for touring
  • Fuel capacity: 130 litres (29 imp gal; 34 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 130 kW (180 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed metal constant speed propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 370 km/h (230 mph; 200 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 260 km/h (162 mph; 140 kn)
  • Stall speed: 90 km/h (56 mph; 49 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 12 m/s (2,400 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 84.0 kg/m2 (17.2 lb/sq ft) at gross weight for touring

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 109. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X

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