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Stits SA-11A Playmate
Designed by Ray Stits, the SA-11A is a single engine, side-by-side configuration seating, tricycle gear, strut-braced, low wing monoplane. The fuselage is welded steel tubing with aircraft fabric covering. The wings have a quick release mechanism that allows them to fold and lock alongside the fuselage in 15–30 seconds. Safety mechanisms were put in place so pilots could visually inspect that the wings were locked in place. A small sideways seat in the rear can accommodate 150 lb (68 kg) of luggage or a light passenger.
The prototype was donated by Ray Stits in 1969 to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Its engine went into the Stits SA-9A "Skycoupe" prototype for testing and development.
Courtesy Don Stits
In 1971 the Playmate cost approximately $3650 to build.
SA11A Playmate                                 Courtesy Don Stits
SA-11A Playmate
Engine: 1 × Lycoming O-320, 150 hp (110 kW)
Wing area: 120 sq ft (11 sq.m)
Length: 18 ft 4 in (5.59 m)
Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Empty weight: 886 lb (402 kg)
Gross weight: 1,500 lb (680 kg)
Fuel capacity: 24 U.S. gallons (91 L; 20 imp gal)
Maximum speed: 115 kn; 212 km/h (132 mph)
Cruise speed: 104 kn; 193 km/h (120 mph)
Range: 369 nmi; 684 km (425 mi)
Service ceiling: 17,500 ft (5,300 m)
Rate of climb: 1,625 ft/min (8.26 m/s)
Crew: 1
Capacity: 1

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