TeST TST-6 Duo

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TST-6 Duo
Role Motor glider
National origin Czech Republic
Manufacturer TeST
Status Production completed
Number built 6 (1998)
Unit cost
US$18,000

The TeST TST-6 Duo is a Czech shoulder-wing, two-seats in side-by-side configuration motor glider that was designed and produced by TeST of Brno.[1][2][3]

Design and development[edit]

The TST-6 was designed as a two-place touring motorglider. Production is complete and the aircraft is no longer available.[1]

The TST-6 is of mixed wood and fibreglass construction. The 14.7 m (48.2 ft) span forward-swept wings feature both top surface air brakes and flaps and employ a Wortmann FX 61-184 airfoil. The two occupants are housed in a 107 cm (42 in) wide cockpit, under a single piece bubble canopy that is rear-hinged and are provided with dual controls and adjustable rudder pedals. Both the wings and tailplane are removable for transportation or storage. The landing gear is fixed tricycle gear and fits wheel pants. The standard engine provided was the custom M-215 of 37 kW (50 hp), although other similar engines of 37 to 63 kW (50 to 84 hp) can be fitted, including the 48 kW (64 hp) Rotax 582. The engine is nose-mounted in tractor configuration and drives a three-bladed, ground adjustable, wooden-bladed propeller.[1][4]

The aircraft was available as plans, a standard 400 hour construction kit, a 300-hour construction "Express-Built" kit or as factory-completed and ready-to-fly. In 1998 the factory-completed aircraft, less engine, was US$18,000. In December 2000 the complete aircraft with Rotax 582 powerplant was US$29,500, the aircraft without engine was US$21,200 and plans were US$350.[1][3]

Specifications (TST-6)[edit]

Data from Purdy[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 6.4 m (21.1 ft)
  • Wingspan: 14.7 m (48.1 ft)
  • Wing area: 12.4 m2 (134 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: Wortmann FX 61-184
  • Empty weight: 227 kg (500 lb)
  • Gross weight: 449 kg (990 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 38 litres (8.4 imp gal; 10 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × M-215 , 37 kW (50 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed wooden bladed, ground adjustable

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 177 km/h; 96 kn (110 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 105 km/h; 56 kn (65 mph)
  • Stall speed: 61 km/h; 33 kn (38 mph)
  • Range: 354 km; 191 nmi (220 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 3,000 m (10,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 4.1 m/s (800 ft/min)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 305. BAI Communications, July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  2. ^ Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 71. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 2001 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 17, Number 12, December 2000, page 77. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ Lednicer, David (2010). "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". Retrieved 9 September 2011.