PowerTrike II

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PowerTrike II
Role Ultralight trike
National origin Germany
Manufacturer PowerTrike
Status Production completed (2014)
Unit cost
23,500 (2011)

The PowerTrike II is a German ultralight trike, designed and produced by PowerTrike of Mackenbach. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1]

As of 2014 the design is no longer indicated as available on the company website.[2]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category, including the category's maximum gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb). The aircraft has a maximum gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb). It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a two-seats-in-tandem open cockpit with a cockpit fairing, tricycle landing gear with optional wheel pants and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its double surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 10.5 m (34.4 ft) span Bautek Pico L wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame weight-shift control bar. The wing is mounted to a bi-pole type pylon, plus a front strut, which provides additional rigidity and strength. The powerplant is a twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, two-stroke, dual-ignition 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine or a four stroke95 hp (71 kW) BWM 1150 motorcycle engine.[1]

The aircraft has an empty weight of 198 kg (437 lb) and a gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb), giving a useful load of 252 kg (556 lb). With full fuel of 54 litres (12 imp gal; 14 US gal) the payload is 213 kg (470 lb).[1]

Variants[edit]

II Standard
Base model with a cockpit fairing[1]
II Deluxe
Fully equipped model with cockpit fairing and wheel pants[1]

Specifications (II Deluxe)[edit]

Data from Bayerl[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 14.9 m2 (160 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 198 kg (437 lb)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 54 litres (12 imp gal; 14 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW 1150 four stroke motorcycle engine, 71 kW (95 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed composite

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph; 70 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 100 km/h (62 mph; 54 kn)
  • Stall speed: 60 km/h (37 mph; 32 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 5 m/s (980 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 30.2 kg/m2 (6.2 lb/sq ft)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 219. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ powertrike.de (n.d.). "Products". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

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