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Peterson 260SE/STOL

In the early 1980s Todd Peterson, having built numerous Cessna 182-based Wren 460s, decided to certify a new aircraft to replace the Wren. The new improved machine is known as the 260SE/Stol and came on stream during 1988.

This model retains the high lift canard wing and is powered by the TCM IO-470F engine. Special attention has been given to reducing drag from the undercarriage, forward fuselage, cowl and engine baffles and the canard. The canard wing consists of a fixed horizontal sta-biliser and a movable elevator, just like a con-ventional tailplane, but mounted on the side of the engine cowling just behind the propel-ler. It is push rod actuated and works in con-junction with the normal tail elevator but in the opposite sense. As the rear elevator moves up to raise the aircraft nose, the canard eleva-tor moves down. The end result is a marked handling improvement especially in the low speed range and short field performance.

Base price: US$80,000 (conversion only); US$200,000 (conversion and aircraft)

Engine: TCM IO-470-F, 260 hp@2700@SL
TBO: 1500 hr
Fuel type: 100LL
Propeller: McCauley CS
Landing gear type: Tri/Fixed
Max ramp weight: 2950 lb
Gross weight: 2950 lb
Landing weight: 2950 lb
Empty weight, std: 1800 lb
Useful load, std: 1150 lb
Payload, full std. fuel: 622 lb
Usable fuel, std: 88 USG
Oil capacity: 12 qts
Wingspan: 36 ft. 0 in
Overall length: 28 ft. 1.5 in
Height: 9 ft. 2 in
Wing area: 174 sq. ft
Wing loading: 16.9 lbs./sq. ft
Power loading: 10.6 lbs./hp
Wheel base: 9 ft. 1 in
Wheel track: 9 ft. 1 in
Wheel size: 6.00 x 6 in
Seating capacity: 4
Cabin doors: 2
Cabin width: 42 in
Cabin height: 48.5 in
Baggage capacity: 200 lb
Max level speed: 153 kt
Cruise speed 75% power @ 6,500 ft: 150 kt
Cruise speed 65% power @ 6,500 ft: 145 kt
Cruise speed 55% power @ 6,500 ft: 138 kt
Max range (w/ reserve) 75% power: 849 nm
Max range (w/ reserve) 65% power: 918 nm
Max range (w/ reserve) 55% power: 1018  nm
Fuel consumption 75% power: 13.2 USgph
Fuel consumption 65% power: 12.0 USgph
Fuel consumption 55% power: 10.5 USgph
Stall speed (flaps up): 42 kt IAS
Stall speed (flaps down): 35 kt IAS
Best rate of climb (fpm): 1380
Service ceiling: 19,500 ft
Takeoff ground roll: 390 ft
Takeoff over 50-ft. obstacle: 705 ft
Landing ground roll: 390 ft
Landing over 50-ft. obstacle: 600 ft



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