IFIL-Reghin RG-6

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RG-6
Role Civil trainer
National origin Romania
Manufacturer Sovromtractor at IFIL
Designer Vladimir Novichi
First flight 1957
Number built 3

The IFIL-Reghin RG-6 was a light aircraft built in Romania in 1957 for aeroclub use.[1] It was designed by Vladimir Novichi at the request of the national sport flying association AVSAP,[2] which specified the use of the Praga D engine, surplus stocks of which were available in Romania following production of the Zlín Z-22.[3]

Novichi's design was for a conventional, low-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed, tailwheel undercarriage. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem under a long canopy. The structure was to be entirely of wood, so when production of the type was organised through Sovromtractor, it was assigned to the IFIL[4] factory in Reghin, which was already producing wooden gliders.[5] Only three examples of the RG-6 were built.[3]

An RG-6 was used by pilot Vasile Petcu to set a national class airspeed record of 165 km/h (103 mph) over a 100 km closed circuit in 1957.[6]


Specifications[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62[7]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.40 m (24 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.50 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.62 m (8 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 14.5 m2 (156 sq ft)
  • Gross weight: 660 kg (1,455 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 79 L (21 US gal; 17 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Praga D air-cooled flat-four, 56 kW (75 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph; 97 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 143 km/h (89 mph; 77 kn) at 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
  • Endurance: 5 hr
  • Service ceiling: 3,200 m (10,500 ft)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor 1989, 577
  2. ^ Asociatia Voluntara pentru Sprijinirea Apararii Patriei "Voluntary Association for the Support of Defence of the Fatherland"
  3. ^ a b Manolache 2004
  4. ^ Intreprinderea Forestiera de Industrializarea Lemnului - "Forestry Company for the Industrialisation of Wood"
  5. ^ Balint 2007
  6. ^ Tudor 2004
  7. ^ Taylor 1961, pp. 124–125.

References[edit]

  • Balint, Nicolae (6 August 2007). "Aripi deasupra Reghinului". Ziarul de Mureş. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  • Manolache, Constantin (February 2004). "Miracolul de la Reghin". Orizont Aviatic. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  • Taylor, John W. R. (1961). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
  • Tudor, Vasile (February 2004). "Din Sirul Profesionistilor Virtuosi si al Demnilor Oameni... Un cutezator constructor aeronautic inginer si aviator Vladimir Novitchi". Orizont Aviatic. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
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