Fisher Dakota Hawk

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Dakota Hawk
DakotaHawk.jpg
Fischer Dakota Hawk
Role Kit aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Fisher Flying Products
First flight 1993
Introduction 1993
Number built 25 (2004)[1]
Unit cost
US$13,750 (2015)
Dakota Hawk on display

The Fisher Dakota Hawk is a Canadian side-by-side two-seat, conventional landing gear, single-engined, high-wing monoplane kit aircraft designed for construction by amateur builders.[1][2][3][4]

Fisher Flying Products was originally based in Edgeley, North Dakota, USA but the company is now located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Development[edit]

The Dakota Hawk was designed by Fisher Aircraft in the United States in 1993 and was intended to comply with the US Experimental - Amateur-built category, although it qualifies as ultralight aircraft in some countries, such as Canada. It also qualifies as US Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.[2][4]

The construction of the Dakota Hawk is of wood, with a wooden geodesic-construction fuselage and an I-beam wing spar. The wings, tail and fuselage are covered with doped aircraft fabric. The aircraft wing has "V" struts and jury struts. The Dakota Hawk's main landing gear uses bungee suspension with hydraulic brakes and wheel pants available as options. The tail wheel is steerable and the wings fold for storage or trailering. The company claims an amateur builder can complete either aircraft from the kit in 600 hours.[1][2][4]

The specified engines for the Dakota Hawk include the following four-stroke aircraft engines:[1][2][4][5][6]

Specifications (Dakota Hawk)[edit]

Data from Company website, AeroCrafter & Kitplanes[1][2][3][4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
  • Wing area: 128 sq ft (11.9 m2)
  • Empty weight: 600 lb (272 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,150 lb (522 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912UL four cylinder, four stroke piston aircraft engine, 80 hp (60 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 100 mph (161 km/h; 87 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 90 mph (145 km/h; 78 kn)
  • Range: 250 mi (217 nmi; 402 km)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Downey, Julia: Kit Aircraft Directory 2005, Kitplanes, Volume 21, Number 12, December 2004, page 58. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d e f Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 161. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  3. ^ a b c Kitplanes Staff: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 48. Primedia Publications. IPM 0462012
  4. ^ a b c d e f Fisher Flying Products. "Dakota Hawk". Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  5. ^ a b Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 102. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  6. ^ a b Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 107. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X

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