The Fauvel AV.50 Lutin (English: Elf) (originally designated the AV.61) was a design for an unorthodox light aircraft produced in France in the 1970s. Like some other Charles Fauvel designs, it was a tailless aircraft with a reverse-delta wing. In this case, it was a single-seater intended to be powered by a converted Volkswagen engine. Only one example was known to have been under construction by 1977, in Australia.
Options for the builder included the use of a Rotax engine in place of the Volkswagen unit, and a choice of tandem, tailwheel, or tricycle undercarriage.
Specifications (as designed)
- Crew: One pilot
- Length: 4.10 m (13 ft 6 in)
- Wingspan: 7.50 m (24 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 10.8 m2 (116 ft2)
- Aspect ratio: 5.2
- Empty weight: 190 kg (420 lb)
- Gross weight: 330 kg (725 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Volkswagen automotive engine, 50 kW (67 hp)
- Maximum speed: 190 km/h (118 mph)
- Endurance: 5 hours
- Rate of climb: 3.6 m/s (710 ft/min)
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- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 381.
- Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1977-78. London: Jane's Yearbooks. p. 489.
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