Jodel DR1050 Excellence

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DR1050 Excellence
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Jodel DR1050
Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Jodel
Designer Jodel and Pierre Robin
Status Plans available (2012)
Unit cost
400 (plans only, 2015)
Variants Robin DR.200

The Jodel DR1050 Excellence and Ambassadeur are a family of French amateur-built aircraft, designed by Jean Délémontez (the principal designer of Jodel aircraft) in collaboration with Pierre Robin, as a development of the Jodel D.11. The aircraft was built in the 1960s both by Centre-Est Aeronautique (see Robin Aircraft) and by Société Aeronautique Normande but since the demise of the latter in 1968 has only been supplied as plans.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The DR1050 features a cantilever low-wing, a three-seat enclosed cockpit, fixed, tailwheel conventional landing gear or with wheel pants and a single engine in tractor configuration. Tricycle landing gear is optional.[1][2]

The later DR1050M Sicile, manufactured by Centre-Est Aeronautique, featured a swept fixed fin with separate rudder in place of the earlier straight fin/rudder. This design was further developed as the DR200/220/250 series and subsequently as the Robin DR400 series.

The aircraft is made from wood, with its flying surfaces covered in doped aircraft fabric. Its 8.72 m (28.6 ft) span wing employs a NACA 23012 airfoil and has an area of 13.60 m2 (146.4 sq ft). The standard engine used is the 100 hp (75 kW) Continental O-200 four-stroke powerplant.[1][2][3]

Specifications (DR1050)[edit]

Data from Bayerl[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: two passengers
  • Wingspan: 8.72 m (28 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 13.60 m2 (146.4 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 440 kg (970 lb)
  • Gross weight: 780 kg (1,720 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 150 litres (33 imp gal; 40 US gal), in three tanks, two of 55 litres (12 imp gal; 15 US gal) and one of 40 litres (8.8 imp gal; 11 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-200 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 75 kW (101 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed metal


  • Maximum speed: 220 km/h (137 mph; 119 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 210 km/h (130 mph; 113 kn)
  • Stall speed: 88 km/h (55 mph; 48 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 2.8 m/s (550 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 57.3 kg/m2 (11.7 lb/sq ft)


  1. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011–12, page 95. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 99. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 

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