Raven 2XS

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2XS
Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Raven Aircraft
Introduction 2009
Status In production (2012)
Number built 2 (2011)
Unit cost
US$24,000 (kit only, less engine, instruments, 2011)
Developed from Pitts Special

The Raven 2XS (English: To Excess) is a Canadian aerobatic amateur-built biplane, designed and produced by Raven Aircraft of Surrey, British Columbia. The aircraft is supplied as a kit or as plans for amateur construction.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The 2XS features a strut-braced biplane layout, a two-seats-in-tandem enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration. The cockpit is 24 in (61 cm) wide[1]

The aircraft is made from mixed construction, using welded steel tubing, aluminum and wood, with its flying surfaces covered in doped aircraft fabric. Its 19.1 ft (5.8 m) span wing has an area of 119.4 sq ft (11.09 m2). The aircraft's recommended engine power range is 260 to 400 hp (194 to 298 kW) and standard engines used include the 280 hp (209 kW) Lycoming IO-540 four-stroke powerplant. The 2XS has a roll rate of 330 degrees/second. Construction time from the supplied kit is estimated as 2000 hours.[1][2]

Operational history[edit]

By November 2012 one example had been registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration, but none in its home country with Transport Canada.[3][4]

Specifications (2XS)[edit]

Data from Kitplanes and Raven Aircraft[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 4 in (5.89 m)
  • Wingspan: 19 ft 2 in (5.84 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
  • Wing area: 119.4 sq ft (11.09 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,180 lb (535 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,780 lb (807 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 37 U.S. gallons (140 L; 31 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540 six cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 280 hp (210 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed composite

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 mph (322 km/h; 174 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 188 mph (163 kn; 303 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 60 mph (52 kn; 97 km/h)
  • Range: 450 mi (391 nmi; 724 km)
  • Rate of climb: 3,300 ft/min (17 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 14.9 lb/sq ft (73 kg/m2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 69. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b Raven Aircraft (2011). "Raven 2XS Unlimited Aerobatic Aircraft". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (17 November 2012). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Transport Canada (17 November 2012). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register". Retrieved 17 November 2012. 

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