Airborne Redback

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Redback
Role Ultralight trike
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Airborne Windsports
Status In production

The Airborne Redback is an Australian two-seat flying wing ultralight trike designed and produced by Airborne Windsports.[1]

The aircraft is named for the native Australian Redback spider.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category, including the category's maximum gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb). The aircraft has a maximum gross weight of 401 kg (884 lb). It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a two-seats-in-tandem open cockpit, tricycle landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft's Wizard model wing is made from bolted-together aluminium tubing, with its single surface 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 standard powerplant is the 37 kW (50 hp) Rotax 503 twin cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke aircraft engine.[1]

When introduced the Redback was a single configuration model, with no cockpit fairing and no options available. In 2012 the model has evolved and offers tundra tires, intake and exhaust silencer, training bars and an aero-tow system as optional equipment.[1][2]

Reviewers Noel Bertrand et al., writing about the no-options approach in 2003 said, "The Red Back only exists in one configuration with no options — an intelligent course of action taken by this Australian manufacturer made possible by the very complete specification...All the right ingredients are there; Australian and American pilots adore them."[1]

Variants[edit]

Redback Wizard
Initial model circa 2003 with 37 kW (50 hp) Rotax 503, the Wizard wing and no options available.[1]
X-Series Redback
Later version circa 2012 with 37 kW (50 hp) Rotax 503, the Wizard-3 wing and limited options.[2][3]

Specifications (Redback Wizard)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • 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: 44 litres (9.7 imp gal; 12 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 503 twin cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, 37 kW (50 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 93 km/h (58 mph; 50 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 67 km/h (42 mph; 36 kn)
  • Stall speed: 45 km/h (28 mph; 24 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 2.9 m/s (570 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 92. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b Airborne Windsports (2011). "X-Series Redback". Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 202. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X

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