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Arion Aircraft LS-1 Lightning

 

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Arion Aircraft design of the Lightning structure was tested extensively for symmetrical and asymmetrical flight loads to over 9 G at a gross weight of 1320 lbs. Torsional testing of the fuselage and tail, load testing of welded parts rounded out the strength testing profile.


A Ballistic Recovery Systems was designed for the Lightning. This is instaled inside the molded skins.


Through a mix of molded fiberglass components and welded 4130 steel structures, the construction method has no epoxy layups are needed to complete the kit. Trimming and fitting the parts, some final fabrication of the parts and bolting the plane together is all that is required from the kit. Aircraft grade hardware is used throughout.


The Lightning cruises at 175 mph on 120 hp, burning 5.5 US gallons per hour. Solo climb rates is at 1700 fpm. Roll rates exceed 45 degrees/second. Top speed is 190 mph, and the touchdown speed is under 50 mph.


The Lightning was available with extended tips for LSA.

 

A carryover from the kit-built market, the all-composite, American-built Arion LS-1 Lightning was available in 2012 in Experimental-built kit form with a 135-140 knot cruise. The base price 2012: $119,900.
 
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Arion LS-1 Lightning

 

Lightning
Engine: Jabiru 3300, 120 hp
Propeller: Sensenich WC62FK-58 Carbon Fiber Ground Adjustable
Wing Span: 27' 2"
Length: 20'
Height: 6'6"
Wing Area: 91.0 sq ft
Empty Weight: 825  lbs  
Gross Weight: 1425 lbs  
Fuel Capacity: 23 gallons std or 30 gal optional
Maximum Speed: 190 mph
Cruise Speed @ 8000 ft  75% pwr: 150 - 170 mph
Vne: 208 mph
Stall (Full Flap): 45 mph
Stall Clean: 56 mph
Glide Ratio: 17:1
Take Off Roll: 315 ft
Landing Roll (with brakes): 500 ft
Climb Rate (at gross): 1200 ft / min
Turn Rate 45/45o: <1 second
Maneuvering Speed: 125 mph
Endurance: 5 hr w/ reserve (30 gal tanks)
Range w/ res: 750 sm
Cockpit Width Elbow: 43"
Cockpit Width Shoulder: 41"
Brakes: Independent Hydraulic
Rudder Pedals: Adjustable even in flight
Construction: Vacuum infused oven post cured fiberglass
Canopy: Forward Hinged Clear or Tinted
Flaps: Electric Std
Trim: Electric Std
Max Loading: + 5G  -3.8

Lightning Sport
Engine: Jabiru 3300, 120 hp
Propeller: Sensenich WC62FK-56  Carbon Fiber Ground Adjustable
Wing Span: 30' with extended tips for LSA
Length: 20'
Height: 6'6"
Wing Area: 91.0 sq ft
Empty Weight: 800 lbs LSA
Gross Weight: 1320 lbs for LSA
Fuel Capacity: 23 gallons std or 30 gal optional
Maximum Speed: 150 mph
Cruise Speed @ 8000 ft  75% pwr: 138 mph
Vne: 208 mph
Stall (Full Flap): 40 mph
Stall Clean: 51 mph
Glide Ratio: 17:1
Take Off Roll: 275 ft
Landing Roll (with brakes): 350 ft
Climb Rate (at gross): 1800 ft/min
Turn Rate 45/45o: <1 second
Maneuvering Speed: 125 mph
Endurance: 5 hr
Range w/ res: 700 sm
Cockpit Width Elbow: 43"
Cockpit Width Shoulder: 41"
Brakes: Independent Hydraulic
Rudder Pedals: Adjustable even in flight
Construction: Vacuum infused oven post cured fiberglass
Canopy: Forward Hinged Clear or Tinted
Flaps: Electric Std
Trim: Electric Std
Max Loading: + 5G  -3.8

 

LS-1 Lightning
Engine: Jabiru 3300
Max cruise: 120 kt
Climb rate: 1,200 fpm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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