Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie

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Co50 Valkyrie
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incomplete prototype
Role Homebuilt aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Cobalt Aircraft
First flight January 2015
Status Under development
Number built One prototype
Unit cost
$699,000 (2016 projected price, certified version)
$595,000 (2016 projected price, factory-built experimental)

The Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie is a single-engine, four to five-seat homebuilt aircraft, arranged in a canard, pusher configuration. A light aircraft intended for private ownership, it is being developed by Cobalt Aircraft of San Francisco, California, United States.

Design[edit]

The composite design incorporates retractable landing gear, a pusher engine configuration, a canard, twin vertical stabilizers and automatic airbrakes.[1] A ballistic parachute is provided as an option. Passenger entry is by a large forward fold down door. Kit production is planned to be carried out in the United States.

Initially the Co50 will be sold as a kit for amateur construction, but the manufacturer intends to eventually achieve type certification. Certification is unlikely to occur before 2018, not least due to the electronics Cobalt has chosen being untested for aircraft use.[2]

Specifications (Co50)[edit]

Data from Company news release estimates[3][4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 Pilot
  • Capacity: 3 to 4 Passengers
  • Length: 30 ft (9.1 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft (9.1 m)
  • Height: 10 ft (3.0 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,417 lb (1,550 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 109 U.S. gallons (410 L; 91 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental TSIOF-550-D turbocharged piston aircraft engine, 350 hp (260 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 250 kn (288 mph; 463 km/h) maximum cruise at FL250
  • Cruise speed: 250 kn (288 mph; 463 km/h) economy cruise at FL220
  • Range: 1,434 nmi (1,650 mi; 2,656 km) economy cruise at FL220
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Time to altitude: 12 minutes to 10,000 feet

Avionics

  • Garmin G3X Touch

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cobalt Aircraft Unveils Co50 Valkyrie". Flying Magazine. 
  2. ^ Ulanoff, Lance (2016-02-21). "Is the Valkyrie Co50 a test case for FAA's willingness to innovate?". Mashable. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Cobalt unveils piston pusher". aopa.org. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

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