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Stits SA-7 Skycoupe / SA-9 Skycoupe
SA9A Skycoupe                                                  Courtesy Don Stits
The Stits SA-7 Skycoupe was one of the most common homebuilts in the early 1960s. It could be built for around $3,000 back then.
SA7B Skycoupe                                                  Courtesy Don Stits
The SA-7D Skycoupe, very similar in appearance to a Piper Colt, is of typical construction for aircraft of the late 1950s — welded chromoly steel tube fuselage, wooden wing, fabric covering, powered by a 125-hp Lycoming O-290-D converted from a military ground power unit.
The design proved so popular that Ray Stits, the designer, and his business partners took it through certification.
The Type Certificate for the Stits Model SA-9A Skycoupe was granted by the FAA in December 1961 after four years of testing.
SA-7D Skycoupe
SA-9A                                    Courtesy Don Stits


SA-9 Skycoupe Specifications                                          Courtesy Don Stits


Powered by a Continental C85
Updated with a squared off swept tail configuration.
A type certificated version.
Stits SA-7 Skycoupe
Engine: 1 × Continental A65, 65 hp (48 kW)
Wingspan: 24 ft 4 in (7.42 m)
Wing area: 120 sq ft (11 sq.m)
Length: 17 ft 9 in (5.41 m)
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Empty weight: 600 lb (272 kg)
Gross weight: 1,080 lb (490 kg)
Fuel capacity: 17 US gallons (64 litres)
Maximum speed: 87 kn; 161 km/h (100 mph)
Cruise speed: 78 kn; 145 km/h (90 mph)
Stall speed: 30 kn; 56 km/h (35 mph)
Range: 261 nmi; 483 km (300 mi)
Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
Wing loading: 9 lb/sq ft (44 kg/m2)
Seats: 2
SA-9A Skycoupe
Engine: 100 hp
Seats: 2
FAA Type cert: 4A31

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