Ikarus C52

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Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Comco Ikarus
Introduction 2011
Status In production
Unit cost
75,950 (2011)
Developed from Ikarus C42

The Ikarus C52 is a German ultralight aircraft, designed and produced by Comco Ikarus, introduced at the Aero show held in Friedrichshafen in 2011. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1]

Design and development[edit]

An evolution of the Ikarus C42, the C52 was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules. It not only updates the older design, but offers more comforts. The C-52 is not intended to replace the C42 in production, but instead to act as a higher-end complimentary model. Like the C42, it features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed open cockpit, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1]

The aircraft differs from the earlier C42 primarily in that the landing gear is a cantilever design, the tail is constructed of carbon fibre and the engine mount was redesigned. Its 9.45 m (31.0 ft) span wing employs V-struts with jury struts and has an area of 12.5 m2 (135 sq ft). Standard engines available are the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL and the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS four-stroke powerplants.[1][2]

Specifications (C-52 Club)[edit]

Data from Bayerl and Comco Ikarus[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 6.38 m (20 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.45 m (31 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 2.24 m (7 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 12.5 m2 (135 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 289.5 kg (638 lb) including ballistic parachute
  • Gross weight: 472.5 kg (1,042 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 65 litres (14 imp gal; 17 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 75 kW (100 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 195 km/h (121 mph; 105 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 185 km/h (115 mph; 100 kn)
  • Stall speed: 65 km/h (40 mph; 35 kn)
  • Range: 800 km (497 mi; 432 nmi)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 11:1
  • Rate of climb: 6 m/s (1,200 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 37.8 kg/m2 (7.7 lb/sq ft)


  1. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 36. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b Comco Ikarus (n.d.). "Technical Data". Retrieved 26 May 2012. 

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