Swift Aircraft Swift

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Swift
Role Aerobatic two seat light aircraft
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Swift Aircraft
First flight Not yet occurred (February 2012)

The Swift Aircraft Swift is a single engine, conventional light aircraft, seating two in side-by-side configuration. It is being developed in the UK but has yet to fly.

Design and development[edit]

The Swift is mostly built from composite materials; flying surfaces and the fuselage are formed from composite sandwiches and the wing and tailplane have carbon fibre spars. It has a low wing of trapezoidal plan with slightly upturned tips, fitted with Frise ailerons and slotted flaps. The rear surfaces are also trapezoidal. There is a trim tab in the elevator and a ground adjustable tab on the rudder.[1]

The cockpit has a fixed windscreen and rearward-sliding canopy and is equipped with dual controls. There is a baggage space behind the side-by-side seats. The Swift has a fixed, tricycle undercarriage with the mainwheels on fuselage mounted, spring steel, cantilever legs. The mainwheels have disc brakes and the nosewheel is steerable. The Swift is designed to accept a range of Textron Lycoming horizontally opposed engines in the power range 119-194 kW (160-260 hp), driving a three-bladed propeller.[1]

The Swift program was announced in May 2009 with hopes of a first flight in the following summer but by 2010 this target had slipped to early 2012.[1] There have been no recent progress reports.

Variants[edit]

Swift II
Intended to be type certified to EASA CS-23
Swift VLA
Intended to be certified to EASA CS-VLA in kit and factory-complete flyaway versions

Specifications (Swift II)[edit]

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2011/12[1] Performance estimated.

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 6.565 m (21 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.055 m (26 ft 5 in) including winglets
  • Height: 2.015 m (6 ft 7 in)
  • Empty weight: 372 kg (820 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 743 kg (1,638 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 187 L (49.4 US gal; 41.1 Imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Textron Lycoming air-cooled flat-six engine, 194 kW (260 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed MT-Propeller, constant speed

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 340 km/h (211 mph; 184 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 302 km/h (188 mph; 163 kn) at 75% power
  • Stall speed: 93 km/h (58 mph; 50 kn) flaps down
  • g limits: +6/-4
  • Rate of climb: 10.7 m/s (2,110 ft/min) maximum, at sea level

Avionics

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jackson, Paul (2011). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2011-12. Coulsdon, Surrey: IHS Jane's. p. 596. ISBN 978-0-7106-2955-5.