Australian Lightwing SP-6000
|Australian Lightwing SP-6000 artist's concept|
The Australian Lightwing SP-6000 (or SP6000) is an Australian kit aircraft under development by Australian Lightwing of Ballina, New South Wales. The aircraft is intended to be supplied as a kit for amateur construction.
Design and development
The aircraft was designed to comply with the Australian rules for amateur-built aircraft. It features a cantilever low-wing or optionally strut-braced high-wing, a six-seat enclosed cabin, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.
The SP-6000's fuselage will be made from fibreglass with the wing constructed of 6061-T6 aluminium, with S-glass control surfaces. It will be powered by a Corvette LS3 automotive engine conversion, a 180 to 200 hp (134 to 149 kW) Lycoming IO-360 four-stroke aircraft engine or a turboprop powerplant. The cabin will include an optional toilet and galley.
The initial design offered will be unpressurized, but the company is considering a follow-on pressurized version. The high wing version will have a cruise speed of 145 kn (269 km/h), while the low-wing version will cruise at 250 kn (463 km/h).
Specifications (SP-6000 Low wing)
Data from Company
- Crew: one
- Capacity: five passengers
- Empty weight: 750 kg (1,653 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-360 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 150 kW (200 hp)
- Cruise speed: 463 km/h; 288 mph (250 kn)
- Range: 1,852 km; 1,151 mi (1,000 nmi)
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- Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 31. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
- Australian LightWing (2011). "The SP6000 Australian LightWing - 6 Seat". Retrieved 8 May 2012.