Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman
|National origin||United States of America|
|First flight||22 December 1958|
Development and design
The VJ-22 is a high-winged monoplane, using the wings from an Aeronca Champion or Chief, with a new flying boat hull of mahogany plywood, waterproofed with fiberglass cloth. The aircraft's single engine, normally a pusher of between 85 hp (63 kW) and 100 hp (75 kW), is mounted on pylons above the wing centre section. The engine can also be mounted in tractor configuration and engines of up to 135 hp (101 kW) have been used successfully. A retractable tailwheel undercarriage is provided. The pilot and passenger sit side-by-side under an enclosed canopy, and are provided with dual controls.
Specifications (85 hp engine)
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1993-94
- Crew: 2
- Length: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 6 in (11.13 m)
- Height: 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)
- Wing area: 175.0 sq ft (16.26 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,000 lb (454 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 20 US Gallons (76 L)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental C85 air-cooled flat-four, 90 hp (67 kW)
- Maximum speed: 95 mph (153 km/h; 83 kn)
- Cruise speed: 85 mph (137 km/h; 74 kn)
- Stall speed: 45 mph (72 km/h; 39 kn)
- Range: 300 mi (261 nmi; 483 km) (max fuel, no reserves)
- Service ceiling: 13,000 ft (4,000 m)
- Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- McCarrel, Bill. "The Volmer VJ-22 Sportsman". The Seaplane Pilots Association. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
- Taylor 1976, p.541.
- Popular Science: 99. June 1970. Missing or empty
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 126. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
- Lambert 1993, p.583.
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