Aerodyne Systems Vector

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Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Aerodyne Systems
Introduction 1982
Status Production completed
Developed from Hill Humbug
Variants Ultralight Flight Mirage

The Aerodyne Systems Vector is a family of American ultralight aircraft that was designed by Berndt Petterson, Mike McCarron and Paul Yarnell and produced by Aerodyne Systems, introduced in 1982. The aircraft was supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The Vector owes many of its design concepts to the earlier Hill Humbug and was later to inspire and influence the Ultralight Flight Mirage.[1][2]

The Vector was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, including the category's maximum empty weight of 254 lb (115 kg). The aircraft has a standard empty weight of 195 lb (88 kg). It features a cable-braced high-wing, V-tail, a single-seat, open cockpit, tricycle landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its flying surfaces covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 80% double-surface 35.2 ft (10.7 m) span wing is supported by cables running from an inverted "V" kingpost. The landing gear's nose wheel is not steerable and a small tail caster is provided. The pilot is accommodated on an open seat, without a windshield. The engine is mounted at the wing's leading edge and powers the trailing edge-mounted pusher propeller through an extension shaft.[1][2]

The Vector series was very popular in its day and a great number were produced.[1]


Vector 600
Initial model, with a two-axis control system, powered by two 9 hp (7 kW) Chrysler engines.[1]
Vector 610
Improved model, with a structurally strengthened airframe, enlarged spoilers, elliptical wing tip extensions and powered by a single 22 hp (16 kW) Zenoah G-25B single cylinder, two-stroke engine.[1]
Vector 627
Powered by a single 28 hp (21 kW) single cylinder, two-stroke Rotax 277 engine.[1]
Vector 627 SR
Powered by a single 35 hp (26 kW) single cylinder, two-stroke Rotax 377 engine.[1]

Specifications (Vector 610)[edit]

Data from Cliche and the Virtual Ultralight Museum[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 18 ft (5.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 35.2 ft (10.7 m)
  • Height: 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Wing area: 154 sq ft (14.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
  • Gross weight: 445 lb (202 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5 U.S. gallons (19 L; 4.2 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Zenoah G-25B single cylinder, two-stroke aircraft engine, 22 hp (16 kW)


  • Cruise speed: 45 mph (72 km/h; 39 kn)
  • Stall speed: 26 mph (42 km/h; 23 kn)
  • Range: 125 mi (109 nmi; 201 km)
  • g limits: +5.7/-2.8
  • Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page E-42. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b c d e Virtual Ultralight Museum (n.d.). "Vector 600". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 

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