Advanced Aeromarine Sierra

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Sierra
Advanced AeroMarine Sierra LS.jpg
Role Glider
National origin United States
Manufacturer Advanced Aeromarine
First flight March 1991
Status Production completed
Number built 1 (1998)
Unit cost
US$9,995 (1998)
Variants Moyes Tempest

The Advanced Aeromarine Sierra was an American high-wing, strut-braced, single-seat, glider that was designed and produced by Advanced Aeromarine, as a kit for amateur construction.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The Sierra was intended as a lightweight and affordable glider with modest performance that could be launched by ultralight aircraft aerotow, auto-tow, winch-launch or bungee launch. It first flew in March 1991.[1][2]

The aircraft was made from aluminium tube, fabric and composites. Its 42.65 ft (13.0 m) span wing was supported by a lift strut and jury struts. The glide ratio was 25:1 and had a landing roll of 150 ft (46 m). The landing gear was tandem wheels, plus a tail caster. The completion time from the factory kit was rated as 150 hours.[1][2]

Although very light, with a standard empty weight of 205 lb (93 kg), the Sierra did not qualify under the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles regulations as a hang glider, neither was it foot-launchable. Only one prototype had been reported as completed by December 1998.[1][2]

Operational history[edit]

In September 2011 there were no Sierras registered with the US Federal Aviation Administration and it is likely that none exist anymore.[3]

Variants[edit]

Sierra LS
Main production version[1]

Specifications (Sierra LS)[edit]

Data from Purdy and KitPlanes[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 21 ft 0 in (6.40 m)
  • Wingspan: 42 ft 7.8 in (13.000 m)
  • Wing area: 142 sq ft (13.2 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 13:1
  • Empty weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
  • Gross weight: 455 lb (206 kg)

Performance

  • Stall speed: 27 mph (43 km/h; 23 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 25:1 at 40 mph (64 km/h)
  • Wing loading: 3.2 lb/sq ft (16 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 300. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  2. ^ a b c d e Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 31. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (September 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 1 September 2011.