Swift Aircraft Swift
|Role||Aerobatic two seat light aircraft|
|National origin||United Kingdom|
|First flight||Not yet occurred (February 2012)|
Design and development
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.
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.
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. There have been no recent progress reports.
- 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)
Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2011/12 Performance estimated.
- 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
- 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