Lucas L-6A

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L-6A
Role Motor glider
National origin France
Designer Emile Lucas
Number built 2 (2002)
Developed from Lucas L6
Variants Lucas L-6B

The Lucas L-6A, also called the L6A, is a French low-wing, two-seats in tandem motor glider that was designed by Emile Lucas of Lagny-le-Sec in the form of plans for amateur construction.[1][2][3][4]

Design and development[edit]

The L-6A was developed as a motor glider version of the Lucas L6 light aircraft.[1][2][3][4]

The L-6A is of all-metal construction. The 14 m (46 ft) span wing can be folded for ground transportation or storage and the wing tips are removable. The landing gear is of a retractable conventional landing gear configuration. The recommended engines are the Lycoming O-235 of 75 to 100 kW (101 to 134 hp) or the Limbach L2000 of 60 kW (80 hp).[1][2][3][4]

The L-6A was only available as plans and no kits or completed aircraft were factory-made. The plans cost US$400 in 2002 and at that time two examples were reported complete and flying. The construction time is estimated as 4000 hours.[1][2][3][4]

Specifications (L-6A)[edit]

Data from Purdy[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 7.9 m (26 ft)
  • Wingspan: 14 m (46 ft)
  • Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 435 kg (960 lb)
  • Gross weight: 626 kg (1,380 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 95 litres (21 imp gal; 25 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Limbach L2000 , 60 kW (80 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed variable pitch

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 145 km/h; 78 kn (90 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 121 km/h; 65 kn (75 mph)
  • Stall speed: 76 km/h; 41 kn (47 mph)
  • Range: 805 km; 434 nmi (500 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,800 m (19,000 ft)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 20:1
  • Wing loading: 39.2 kg/m2 (8.02 lb/sq ft)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 308. BAI Communications, July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  2. ^ a b c d Downey, Julia: 1999 Plans Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 16, Number 1, January 1999, page 62. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b c d Downey, Julia: 2001 Plans Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 18, Number 1, January 2001, page 22 Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ a b c d Downey, Julia: 2002 Plans Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 19, Number 1, January 2002, page 24. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851

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