Design and development
The Outback was developed as an off-airport aircraft, with a carriage that lacks a fairing and other encumbrances to "all-terrain" operations. It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a two-seat, open cockpit, tricycle landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration.
The aircraft single surface Wizard model wing is made from bolted-together aluminium tubing, covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 9.96 m (32.7 ft) span wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame control bar. The landing gear has optional tundra tires. The standard engine factory-supplied was the Rotax 582 liquid-cooled two-stroke powerplant of 48 kW (64 hp). The aircraft has demonstrated operations from sand dunes.
The basic Outback model was later developed into the Airborne XT series that still dominates the company's product line in 2012.
Data from Bertrand
- Crew: one
- Capacity: one passenger
- Wingspan: 9.96 m (32 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 17.6 m2 (189 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 165 kg (364 lb)
- Gross weight: 401 kg (884 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 48 litres (11 imp gal; 13 US gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 twin cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled aircraft engine, 48 kW (64 hp)
- Maximum speed: 93 km/h (58 mph; 50 kn)
- Cruise speed: 67 km/h (42 mph; 36 kn)
- Stall speed: 52 km/h (32 mph; 28 kn)
- Rate of climb: 4 m/s (790 ft/min)
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- Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, pages 22-23. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X