Six Chuter SR7

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SR7
Role Powered parachute
National origin United States
Manufacturer Six Chuter
Introduction 1997
Status Production completed
Unit cost
US$15,000 (base model, 2001)

The Six Chuter SR7 is an American powered parachute that was designed and produced by Six Chuter of Yakima, Washington, introduced in 1997.[1][2][3]

Design and development[edit]

The SR7's design goals included that it be capable of carrying large-sized pilots and passengers.[1][2]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules as a two-seat ultralight trainer or as an amateur built. It features a parachute-style high-wing, two-seats-in-tandem, tricycle landing gear and a single 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine in pusher configuration.[1][2][3]

The SR7 is built from a combination of aluminium and 4130 steel tubing. In flight steering is accomplished via foot pedals that actuate the canopy brakes, creating roll and yaw. On the ground the aircraft has lever-controlled nosewheel steering. The SR7 model was factory supplied in the form of an assembly kit that requires 40 hours to complete.[1]

Variants[edit]

SR7
Base model with the 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine.[1]
SR7XL
Upgraded model with SR7 options included as standard.[2][3]
Power Hawk
Similar to the SR7, but came fully assembled.[1]
Discovery
Based on the SR7, but with a fiberglass enclosure. Provided fully assembled.[1]

Specifications (XR7XL)[edit]

Data from KitPlanes[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 6 in (12.04 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Wing area: 500 sq ft (46 m2)
  • Empty weight: 299 lb (136 kg)
  • Gross weight: 700 lb (318 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 10 U.S. gallons (38 L; 8.3 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 twin cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled aircraft engine, 64 hp (48 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 26 mph (42 km/h; 23 kn)
  • Range: 50 mi (43 nmi; 80 km)
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 500 ft/min (2.5 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page D-14. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ a b c d e Downey, Julia: 2000 Trike and 'Chute Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 17, Number 2, February 2000, page 53. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b c Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 85. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X