Eagle Aircraft Eagle 150

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Eagle 150
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Eagle 150B
Role Light aircraft
Manufacturer Eagle Aircraft Pty Ltd
Designer John Roncz
First flight 1997
Introduction 1998
Developed from Eagle X-TS

The Eagle Aircraft 150B is an Australian designed two-seat single-engine composite material training, touring and sport aircraft. It utilizes a three lifting surface design consisting of a forward wing (foreplane), main wing (mainplane) and horizontal stabilizer (tailplane). The aircraft was designed and originally built by Eagle Aircraft Pty Ltd, but is now manufactured in Malaysia by Composites Technology Research Malaysia.

Design and development[edit]

The Eagle 150B is a development of the Eagle X-TS from Western Australian inventors Neil Graham[1] and his father Deryck Graham.[2] Australian aeronautical engineer Graham Swannell and American aerodynamicist John Roncz were then engaged to design an aircraft to meet then-current JAR VLA requirements and demonstrate minimal stall characteristics.[2] The resulting prototype (designated Eagle 150A) was first flown in March 1988, and was certified in November 1996. The aircraft demonstrated docile stall characteristics, rapid roll rates, 125 knot cruise speed (at 75% power) and crisp handling.[citation needed] After 15 aircraft were built at Fremantle, Western Australia, the Eagle 150B was introduced. Roncz was presented with the Prince's Australian Medal for the design of the Eagle 150 by His Royal Highness Prince Philip at a London ceremony in 2000.[3]

The manufacturing rights to the Eagle 150B are now owned by the Malaysian company Composites Technology Research Malaysia.

A development of the aircraft as an unmanned aerial vehicle has been designated the Eagle ARV System. The first system, consisting of three aircraft and a ground station, has been purchased by the Malaysian government.[4]

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Specifications (E-150B)[edit]

Data from Eagle 150B Pilots Operating Handbook and FAA Approved Airplane Flight Manual [5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 6.45 m (21 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.16 m (23 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 5.2 m² (56 ft²)
  • Airfoil: Roncz
  • Empty weight: 437 kg (963 lb)
  • Useful load: 213 kg (470 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 650 kg (1433 lb)
  • Canard Span: 4.88 m (16 ft 0 in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Teledyne Continental Motors IO-240-B 4-cylinder horizontally opposed piston, 125 hp (93.2kW)
  • Propellers: 1 x two-bladed McCauley 1A135BRM7057, 1A135CRM7057 or 1A135DRM7057 fixed-pitch
    • Propeller diameter: 70 in (1.778 m)

Performance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neil Graham Profile
  2. ^ a b Neil Deryck Graham Biography
  3. ^ John Roncz The Medium
  4. ^ CRTM - Unmanned Systems Technology Sdn Bhd (The UAS)
  5. ^ Eagle 150B Pilots Operating Handbook and FAA Approved Airplane Flight Manual. Eagle Aircraft Pty Ltd. 2001. 
  • World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2005–2006, ISSN 1368-485X

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