Concept Prowler

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Prowler
Role Ultralight trike
National origin United States
Manufacturer Concept Aviation
Status Production completed
Unit cost
US$2,800 (2000 price, carriage only, plus wing and engine)

The Concept Prowler is an American flying wing ultralight trike that was designed and produced by Concept Aviation of Knoxville, Tennessee.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, including the category's maximum empty weight of 254 lb (115 kg). The aircraft has a standard empty weight of 248 lb (112 kg). It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a single-seat, open cockpit, tricycle landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The Prowler's design goals included maximum cruise speed and to achieve this a wing of small area was selected. This results in an ultralight with a cruise speed of 57 mph (92 km/h), at the expense of a stall speed of 28 mph (45 km/h), the fastest stall speed permitted by FAR 103 category rules.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its double-surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 110 sq ft (10 m2) area wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame control bar. The standard engines supplied was the 40 hp (30 kW) Rotax 447 twin cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled, single ignition aircraft engine. A cockpit fairing and wheel pants were factory options.[1]

Specifications (Powler)[edit]

Data from Cliche[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wing area: 110 sq ft (10 m2)
  • Empty weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5 U.S. gallons (19 L; 4.2 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 447 twin cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled, single ignition aircraft engine, 40 hp (30 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 57 mph (92 km/h; 50 kn)
  • Stall speed: 28 mph (45 km/h; 24 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 1,050 ft/min (5.3 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page C-17. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (18 January 2012). "Title 14: Aeronautics and Space, PART 103—Ultralight Vehicles, Subpart A—General". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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