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Aero Tech Canadian Skyrider

Single-seat single-engined high-wing monoplane with hybrid control. Wing has constant chord; cruciform tail. Pitch control by weight-shift; yaw control by fully flying rudder; no separate roll control; control inputs through weight-shift for pitch/yaw/roll. Wing braced from above by kingpost and cables, from below by cables; single-surface. Undercarriage has three wheels in tricycle formation; torsion-bar suspension on all wheels. Nosewheel steering. No brakes. Aluminium-tube framework, without pod. Engine mounted above wing driving pusher propeller. Framework from 6061T6 and 2024T3 aluminium, 4130 aircraft steel; coated stainless-steel rigging, Dacron wing surface.


The Canadian Skyrider is a hybrid-control ultralight, the pilot using his swing seat as the principal means of control, with his weight-shift aided in yaw by a rudder.
Standard power unit is a twin-cylinder Cuyuna 430R with dual ignition and in-flight recoil restart facility. Alternatively, the single-cylinder Cuyuna 215 cc engine may be fitted. Construction time is estimated at 30 h; a trailer is needed for transportation.


After producing between 150 and 200 aircraft, the future of the company seemed in some doubt in 1983.

Engine: Cuyuna 430R, 30 hp     
Propeller: 48 x 23 inch, 1.22 x 0.58 m
Reduction ratio: 2.0/1             
Power per unit area: 0.19 hp/sq.ft, 2.0 hp/sq.m
Wing span: 32.0ft, 9.75m        
Fuel capacity: 3.8 USG, 3.2 ImpG, 14.4 lt
Contant chord: 5.0 ft, 1.52 m        
Total wing area: 160 sq.ft, 14.9 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 6.4/1            
Nosewheel dia. Overall: 11 inch, 28cm
Empty weight: 155 lb, 70 kg        
Main wheels dia overall: 11 inch, 28cm
MTOW: 420 lb, 191 kg        
Payload:    265 lb, 120 kg
Vne: 55 mph, 88 kph        
Wing loading: 2.62 lb/sq.ft, 12.8 kg/sq.m
Power loading: 14.0 lb/hp, 6.4 kg/hp

Engine: Cuyuna 215R, 20 hp    
Power per unit area: 0.13 hp/ sq.ft, 1.3 hp/ sq.m
Wing span 32.0ft, 9.75m.        
Fuel capacity: 3.8 USG, 3.2 ImpG, 14.4 lt
Contant chord: 5.0 ft, 1.52 m        
Total wing area: 160 sq.ft, 14.9 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 6.4/1            
Nosewheel dia overall: 11 inch, 28cm
Vne: 55 mph, 88 kph        
Main wheels dia overall: 11 inch, 28cm

 

 


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