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Wizard J-3


The Wizard W-1 was a single-seat single-engined high-wing monoplane with weight-shift control. Wing has unswept leading and trailing edges, and constant chord; cruciform tail. Control inputs through weight-shift for pitch/yaw/roll. Wing braced from above by kingpost and cables, from below by cables; wing profile; largely single-surface. Undercarriage has three wheels in tricycle formation with additional tailskid; torsion-bar suspension on all wheels. No ground steering (optional: Steerable nose-wheel independent from yaw control). Optional brakes. Aluminium-tube framework, without pod. Engine mounted below wing (above wing, optional) driving pusher propeller.

The basic Wizard W-1 uses purely weight-shift control without control surfaces and has a very similar configuration to the early Quicksilvers, though it differs greatly in terms of structure, not least because it was designed from the outset to be an ultralight. Adjustable torsion-bar suspension is standard on the W-1; options include floats, steerable nosewheel (the standard nosewheel castors), brakes, and an engine mounting above the wing for certain power packs. It is sold as a kit requiring 45 min assembly and in March 1983 cost $1800 in standard form without engine. The June 1983 price for a complete aircraft with Yamaha engine is $3495. Power packs may be purchased separately at the following prices (all March 1983): Yamaha KT100S $1500, Rotax 277 $1800, Rotax 377 (34 hp) $2050, Rotax 503 (46 hp) $2225, Kawasaki TA440A $2225. Units delivered by June 1981 650.

The Wizard J-2 is identical to the W-1 except that it has control surfaces in two axes to assist the pilot's weight-shift. Linked to the pilot's swing scat are spoilers for roll control and a trim tab (it is really too small to be called an elevator) for pitch. There is no rudder. Price (March 1983) without engine is $1900. The June 1983 price for a J-2 with Rotax 277 engine is $3895.

The Wizard J-3 was a single-seat single-engined high-wing mono-plane with conventional three-axis control. Wing has unswept leading and trailing edges, and constant chord; cruciform tail. Pitch control by fully flying tail; yaw control by fully flying rudder with additional fin; roll control by spoilerons (Wizard J-3), ailerons (Wizard J-3 Magnum); control inputs through stick for pitch/roll and pedals for yaw. Wing braced from above by kingpost and cables, from below by cables; wing profile; largely single-surface. Undercarriage has three wheels in tricycle formation; with additional tailskid; torsion bar suspension on all wheels. No ground steering (optional: push-right go-right nosewheel steering connected to yaw control). Brake on nosewheel (optional brakes on main wheels). Aluminium-tube framework, with optional pod. Engine mounted below wing (above wing, optional) driving pusher propeller.

Though very similar in concept to the W-1 and J-2, the Wizard J-3 has a number of changes compared to these models. Being a conventional three-axis model, the pilot's seat is fixed and a normal centre stick and rudder pedals are fitted. Also, the tail is redesigned making the J-3 easily recognisable by the inverted-L shape of its vertical tail surfaces.

The J-3 comes as standard with a nosewheel brake, main-wheel brakes being optional. Also optional is the J-3 Magnum specification, which involves replacing the spoilerons with ailerons. Other options are as for the W-1.
Price of the J-3 in kit form requiring 25 h assembly is $2500 without engine (March 1983). The June 1983 price for the J-3 with Kawasaki engine is $4720.

The Wizard Sky-Tractor is a crop-spraying version of the Wizard J-3. Revealed at Sun 'n' Fun in March 1983, the Sky-Tractor is still an ultralight thanks to an empty weight of 222 lb (101 kg) without its special equipment, which means that it can still be flown without a pilot's licence in the USA. It can be fitted with crop-spraying equipment using two atomisers under each wing, but both its specification and its price depend upon the requirements of the client. It is fitted in standard form with the Rotax 503 engine of 46 hp.

The Wizard T-38 was a side-by-side two-seat single-engined high wing monoplane with conventional three-axis control. Wing has unswept leading and trail-ing edges, and constant chord; cruciform tail. Pitch control by elevator on tail; yaw control by fully flying rudder with additional fin; roll control by one-third-span spoilers; control inputs through stick for pitch/roll and pedals for yaw. Wing braced from above by kingpost and cables, from below by cables; wing profile NC; largely single-surface. Undercarriage has three wheels in tricycle formation with additional tailskid; torsion-bar suspension on all wheels. Push-right go-right nosewheel steering connected to yaw control. Aluminium-tube framework, without pod. Engine mounted below wing driving pusher propeller.

The prototype of the two-seat Wizard made its first flights at the end of 1982 and since January '83 has been sold under the name of T-38. Being a two-seater, this aircraft is classed as an experimental aircraft in the USA. The T-38 is sold as a kit requiring 1 h 30 min for assembly and is available in two versions - with two separate seats and dual controls for $4800 or with single controls and a bench seat for $4600. The price does not include the engine unit, which for this model is the Rotax 503.

Wizard J-2
Engine: Rotax 277, 28hp at 6000rpm
Propeller diameter and pitch 58 x 30 inch, 1.47 x 0.76 m
Toothed-belt reduction, ratio 2.4/1
Max static thrust 185 lb, 84 kg
Power per unit area 0.17hp/sq.ft, 1.9 hp/sq.m
Fuel capacity 4.3 US gal, 3.5 Imp gal, 16.1 litre
Length overall 17.0 ft, 5.18 m
Height overall 10.4 ft, 3.17 m
Wing span 32.3 ft, 9.86 m
Constant chord 5.0ft, 1.52 m
Dihedral 12 deg
Sweepback 0 deg
Total wing area 162 sq.ft, 15.0 sq.m
Wing aspect ratio 6.5/1
Nosewheel diameter overall 16 inch, 41 cm
Main wheels diameter overall 16 inch, 41 cm
Empty weight 175 lb, 79 kg
Max take-off weight 450 lb, 204kg
Payload 273 lb, 124kg
Max wing loading 2.79 lb/sq.ft, 13.6 kg/sq.m
Max power loading 30.0 lb/hp, 13.6kg/hp
Max level speed 40mph, 64kph
Never exceed speed 65mph, 105kph
Cruising speed 35mph, 56kph
Stalling speed 19 mph, 31 kph
Max climb rate at sea level 500 ft/min, 2.5 m/s

Wizard J-3
Engine: Kawasaki TA440A, 38.5hp at 6000rpm
Propeller diameter and pitch 58x30 inch, 1.47x0.76m
Toothed-belt reduction with centrifugal clutch, ratio 2.4/1
Max static thrust 245 lb, 111kg
Power per unit area 0.24 hp/sq.ft, 2.56 hp/sq.m
Fuel capacity 4.3 US gal, 3.5 Imp gal, 16.1 litre
Length overall 17.0 ft, 5.18 m
Height overall 10.2ft, 3.09m
Wing span 32.3ft, 9.86m
Constant chord 5.0ft, 1.52m
Dihedral 12 deg
Sweepback 0 deg
Tailplane span 9.0ft, 2.74m
Total wing area 162 sq.ft, 15.0 sq.m
Total spoileron area 7.6 sq.ft, 0.70 sq.m
Rudder area 12.0sq.ft, 1.11 sq.m
Tailplane area 18.0 sq.ft, 1.67 sq.m
Total elevator area 8.0 sq.ft, 0.74sq.m
Wing aspect ratio 6.5/1
Wheel track 6.6 ft, 2.00 m
Wheelbase 6.0 ft, 1.83 m
Nosewheel diameter overall 8 inch, 20 cm
Main wheels diameter overall 8 inch, 20 cm
Empty weight 250 lb, 113kg
Max take-off weight 550 lb, 249kg
Payload 300 lb, 136kg
Max wing loading 3.39 lb/sq.ft, 16.6 kg/sq.m
Max power loading 14.3 lb/hp, 6.5kg/hp
Max level speed 50 mph, 80 kph
Never exceed speed 65 mph, 105 kph
Max cruising speed 40 mph, 64 kph
Economic cruising speed 35mph, 56kph
Stalling speed 20 mph, 32 kph
Max climb rate at sea level 900 ft/min, 4.6 m/s
Min sink rate 500 ft/min at 30 mph, 2.5 m/s at 48 kph
Best glide ratio with power off 9/1 at 30 mph, 48 kph
Take-off distance 50 ft, 15 m
Landing distance 50 ft, 15 m
Service ceiling 12,500 ft, 3800 m
Range at average cruising speed 100 mile, 161 km

Wizard J-3B
Engine: Kawasaki or Rotax, 28-47 hp
Wingspan 32’
Wing area 161 sq.ft
Empty weight 252 lbs
MTOW: 550 lbs
Cruise: 35-40 mph
Stall: 21 mph
Vmax: 45-50 mph
ROC: 600-800 fpm
TO run: 50-100 ft
Ldg roll: 50-100 ft

Wizard T-38
Powerplant: Kawasaki 40 hp
Wingspan 38’4”
Wing area 191.5 sq.ft
Length 17 ft
Empty weight 330 lbs
Payload 375 lbs
Gross weight wet 750 lbs
Wing loading 2.7 lbs/sq.ft
L/D: 8/1
Cruise speed 35mph
Stall speed 26mph
Vmax 46mph
Vne 60mph
Climb rate 800 fpm
Fuel capacity 3.2 USG

Wizard T-38
Engine: Rotax 503
Max power 46hp at 6500rpm
Propeller diameter and pitch 60 x 30 inch, 1.52 x 0.76 m
Toothed-belt reduction with centrifugal clutch, ratio 2.4/1
Max static thrust 325 lb, 147 kg
Power per unit area 0.24 hp/sq.ft, 2.6 hp/sq.m
Fuel capacity 4.3 US gal, 3.5 Imp gal, 16.1 litre
Length overall 17.0 ft, 5.18 m
Height overall 10.3ft, 3.14m
Wing span 38.0ft, 11.58m
Constant chord 5.0ft, 1.52m
Dihedral 12 deg
Sweepback 0 deg
Tailplane span 9.0ft, 2.74m
Total wing area 190 sq.ft, 17.7 sq.m
Total spoiler-on area 7.6 sq.ft, 0.70 sq.m
Rudder area 12.0sq.ft, 1.11 sq.m
Tailplane area 18.0 sq.ft, 1.67 sq.m
Total elevator area 8.0 sq.ft, 0.74sq.m
Wing aspect ratio 7.6/1
Wheel track 6.6 ft, 2.00 m
Wheelbase 6.0 ft, 1.83 m
Nosewheel diameter overall 10 inch, 25 cm
Main wheels diameter overall 10 inch, 25 cm
Empty weight 330 lb, 150kg
Max take-off weight 750 lb, 340kg
Payload 420 lb, 190kg
Max wing loading 3.94 lb/sq.ft, 19.2 kg/sq.m
Max power loading 16.3 lb/hp, 7.4kg/hp
Max level speed 45 mph, 72 kph
Never exceed speed 65 mph, 105 kph
Max cruising speed 40 mph, 64 kph
Economic cruising speed 35mph, 56kph
Stalling speed 26 mph, 42 kph
Max climb rate at sea level 600 ft/min, 3.1 m/s
Min sink rate 600 ft/min at 35 mph, 3.1 m/s at 56 kph
Take-off distance 150 ft, 45 m
Landing distance 75 ft, 23 m
Service ceiling 10,000 ft, 3050 m
Range at average cruising speed 50 mile, 80 km

Wizard T-38B
Engine: Rotax, 47 hp
Wingspan 38’
Wing area 191 sq.ft
Empty weight 347 lbs
MTOW: 800 lbs
Cruise: 35-40 mph
Stall: 26 mph
Vmax: 50 mph
ROC: 600 fpm
TO run: 125 ft
Ldg roll: 50-125 ft

Wizard W-1
Engine: Yamaha KT100S, 15hp at 10,000rpm
Propeller diameter and pitch 48x20 inch, 1.22 x 0.51 m
Belt reduction, ratio 3.0/1
Power per unit area 0.09 hp/sq.ft, 1.0 hp/sq.m
Fuel capacity 3.2 US gal, 2.7 Imp gal, 12.1 litre
Length overall 17.0 ft, 5.18 m
Height overall 10.4 ft, 3.17 m
Wing span 32.3 ft, 9.86 m
Constant chord 5.0ft, 1.52 m
Dihedral 12 deg
Sweepback 0 deg
Total wing area 162 sq.ft, 15.0 sq.m
Wing aspect ratio 6.5/1
Nosewheel diameter overall 16 inch, 41 cm
Main wheels diameter overall 16 inch, 41 cm
Empty weight 167 lb, 76 kg
Max take-off weight 450 lb, 204kg
Payload 283 lb, 128kg
Max wing loading 2.79 lb/sq.ft, 13.6 kg/sq.m
Max power loading 30.0 lb/hp, 13.6kg/hp
Max level speed 42mph, 68kph
Never exceed speed 65mph, 105 kph
Max cruising speed 35 mph, 56 kph
Stalling speed 17 mph, 27 kph
Max climb rate at sea level 300 ft/min, 1.5 m/s
Best glide ratio with power off 9/1
Take-off distance 100ft, 30 m
Landing distance 50 ft, 15 m
Service ceiling 12,500 ft, 3800 m

Wizard Sky-Tractor

Engine: Rotax 503
Max power 46hp at 6500rpm
Propeller diameter and pitch 60 x 30 inch, 1.52 x 0.76 m
Toothed-belt reduction with centrifugal clutch, ratio 2.4/1
Max static thrust 325 lb, 147 kg
Power per unit area 0.28 hp/sq.ft, 11 hp/sq.m
Fuel capacity 4.3 US gal, 3.5 Imp gal, 16.1 litre
Length overall 17.0 ft, 5.18 m
Height overall 10.3ft, 3.14m
Wing span 32.3ft, 9.86m
Constant chord 5.0ft, 1.52m
Dihedral 12 deg
Sweepback 0 deg
Tailplane span 9.0ft, 2.74m
Total wing area 162 sq.ft, 15.0 sq.m
Total spoileron area 7.6 sq.ft, 0.70 sq.m
Rudder area 12.0sq.ft, 1.11 sq.m
Tailplane area 18.0 sq.ft, 1.67 sq.m
Total elevator area 8.0 sq.ft, 0.74sq.m
Wing aspect ratio 6.5/1
Wheel track 6.6 ft, 2.00 m
Wheelbase 6.0 ft, 1.83 m
Nosewheel diameter overall 10 inch, 25 cm
Main wheels diameter overall 12 inch, 30 cm
Empty weight 300 lb, 136kg
Max take-off weight 600 lb, 272 kg
Payload 300 lb, 136 kg
Max wing loading 3.72 lb/sq.ft, 18.1 kg/sq.m
Max power loading 13.0 lb/hp, 5.9kg/hp

 

 


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