Australian Lightwing SP-4000 Speed

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Australian Lightwing SP-4000 Speed
Role Light-sport aircraft
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Australian Lightwing
Status In production
Developed from Australian Lightwing SP-2000 Speed
Variants Australian Lightwing SP-6000

The Australian Lightwing SP-4000 Speed is an Australian kit aircraft, designed and produced by Australian Lightwing of Ballina, New South Wales. The aircraft is supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was developed from the two-seat SP-2000 Speed and features a cantilever low-wing, a four-seat enclosed cockpit, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2]

The aircraft fuselage is made from welded steel tubing covered in non-structural fibreglass. Its 8 m (26.2 ft) span wing is built from 6061-T6 aluminum covered in doped aircraft fabric and fibreglass. Standard engines recommended are the 150 to 160 hp (112 to 119 kW) Lycoming O-320 or the 180 to 200 hp (134 to 149 kW) Lycoming O-360 four-stroke powerplants, along with similar Continental Motors, Inc. or auto-conversions. Cockpit access is via gull-winged doors on both sides. Wheel pants are usually fitted.[1]

Specifications (SP-4000 Speed)[edit]

Data from Company[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 6.42 m (21 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.0 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 11.6 m2 (125 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: NACA 23013
  • Empty weight: 600 kg (1,323 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,100 kg (2,425 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 180 litres (40 imp gal; 48 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 130 kW (180 hp)


  • Cruise speed: 287 km/h; 178 mph (155 kn)
  • Stall speed: 102 km/h; 63 mph (55 kn) flaps down
  • Range: 1,482 km; 921 mi (800 nmi)
  • Endurance: 6.0
  • Rate of climb: 5.1 m/s (1,000 ft/min)


  1. ^ a b c Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 29. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 31. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ Australian Lightwing (2011). "The Australian LightWing SP Aircraft Range". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 

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