AMF Chevvron 2-32

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AMF Chevvron 2-32
AMF Chevvron 2-32C (G-MVGC).jpg
Role Microlight trainer
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer AMF-Microflight
First flight 1983
Introduction 1987
Number built 41

The AMF Chevvron is a British two-seat microlight aircraft of the 1980s and 90s. It is a single engined mid-winged monoplane with side-by-side seating. 41 were built.

Design and development[edit]

The Chevvron was designed to meet a requirement for an aircraft conforming with the Civil Aviation Authority's regulations for microlight aircraft and fitted with conventional three-axis controls. The Chevvron is a mid-wing monoplane with a pod-and boom configuration and high aspect ratio wings. It is built of composite materials and is fitted with a fixed nosewheel undercarriage. The normal powerplant was a single König SD 570 two-stroke, four-cylinder air-cooled radial engine rated at 32 horsepower (24 kW) and driving a three-bladed propeller.[1][2]

The first prototype, fitted with a V-tail, made its maiden flight in late 1983. A modified second prototype, with a conventional tail flew in October 1986.[1][2]

Operational history[edit]

AMF Microflight began production of the Chevvron in 1987, with 19 completed at their Membury factory by 1990.[3] A single example was built of the Sea Chevvron, a floatplane version fitted with a more powerful (48 horsepower (36 kW)) König engine,[4] while examples were also fitted with a 45 horsepower (34 kW) Limbach engine. In total, 41 Chevvrons were built.[5] In the 1990s, as single-rotor wankel engine from the MidWest AE series was successfully fitted to a Chevvron.

Specifications[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1990–91[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.01 m (23 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 13.41 m (44 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 17.56 m2 (189.0 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 175 kg (386 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 382 kg (842 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × König SD 570 4-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 24 kW (32 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 120 km/h (75 mph, 65 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 102 km/h (63 mph, 55 kn) (econ cruise)
  • Stall speed: 56 km/h (35 mph, 30 kn)
  • Range: 370 km (230 mi, 200 nmi)
  • Endurance: 3 hr
  • Service ceiling: 3,050 m (10,010 ft)
  • g limits: +4/-2
  • Rate of climb: 2.1 m/s (420 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flight International 18 October 1985, p. 18.
  2. ^ a b Simpson Air Pictorial February 1988, p. 49.
  3. ^ a b Lambert 1990, p. 554.
  4. ^ Flight International 3 October 1987, p. 15.
  5. ^ Gunston 2005, p. 26.
  • "Chevvron micro takes to the water". Flight International. Vol. 132 no. 4082. 3 October 1987. p. 15.
  • Gunston, Bill (2005). World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers (Second ed.). Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3981-8.
  • Lambert, Mark, ed. (1990). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1990–91. Coulsdon, Surry, UK: Jane's Defence Data. ISBN 0-7106-0908-6.
  • "New British lightweight unveiled". Flight International. Vol. 130 no. 4033. 18 October 1985. p. 18.
  • Simpson, Roderick (February 1988). "Contemporary Focus: AMF Chevvron". Air Pictorial. Vol. 50 no. 2. p. 49.