Ambrosini Rondone

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Ambrosini Rondone
Ambrosini F.7 Rondone II D-ECUN Schaffen-Diest 15.08.09R.jpg
F.7 Rondone II at an aircraft rally at Schaffen-Diest airfield (Belgium) in August 2009
Role Light touring monoplane
National origin Italy
Manufacturer SAI Ambrosini
Designer Ing. Stelio Frati
First flight 1951
Introduction 1951
Status Still in service
Number built 20

The Ambrosini Rondone is an Italian-designed two/three-seat light touring monoplane of the early 1950s.

Development[edit]

The Rondone was designed to meet the needs of Italian private pilots and aero clubs for a more modern touring aircraft. Stelio Frati prepared the basic design for the prototype two-seat F.4 Rondone I[1] which was built by CVV in 1951. This was followed by nine production examples produced by SAI Ambrosini in collaboration with Aeronautica Lombardi.[2]

The three-seat F.7 Rondone II first flew on 10 February 1954 and the prototype and nine production examples were built for Ambrosini by Legnami Pasotti.[3]

The Rondone is of conventional wooden construction with a plywood-covered one-piece single spar wing and a monocoque fuselage. The tricycle undercarriage is retractable. Two-position flaps and dual controls are fitted. The Rondone II has an extended cabin with additional rear side windows.[4]

F.4 Rondone I two-seater at Milan Linate airport in 1965

Operational history[edit]

The Rondone was initially mainly sold to individuals and clubs in Italy, but examples later served in France and Germany. Several were still operational in 2009, including the German aircraft.

Variants[edit]

(per Green 1965 and Simpson 2005)

F.4 Rondone I prototype
Two-seater with a 65 hp (48 kW) Walter Mikron III. 1 built
F.4 Rondone I production aircraft
Two-seater with a 85 hp (63 kW) Continental. 9 built.
F.7 Rondone II
Three-seater with a 90 hp (67 kW) Continental C90-12F engine. 10 built. Some were later fitted with a 135 hp (101 kW) Lycoming O-290-D2 engine.

Specifications (F.7 Rondone II with Lycoming engine)[edit]

Data from Simpson, 2001

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: two passengers
  • Length: 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)
  • Wing area: 114 ft2 (10.60 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,164 lb (528 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,980 lb (898 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-290-D2, 135 hp (101 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 165 mph (267 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 145 mph (235 km/h)
  • Range: 435 miles (705 km)
  • Service ceiling: 12,460 ft (3800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 850 ft/min (4.32 m/s)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Green, 1965, p. 84
  2. ^ Simpson, 2001, p. 38
  3. ^ Simpson, 2001, p. 38
  4. ^ Green, 1965, p. 84
Bibliography
  • Green, William (1955). The Aircraft of the World. Macdonald and Co. (Publishers) Ltd. 
  • Simpson, Rod (2001). Airlife's World Aircraft. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-115-3.