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Tennessee Propellers Scout
Tennessee Propellers of Normandy, Tennessee, is a company better known for their wooden maple laminate aircraft propellers, but the company also acted as the exclusive distributor for the Zenoah G-25 and G-50 line of engines. To compliment these product lines they developed the Scout powered parachute which is powered by the 45 hp (34 kW) G-50 driving a Tennessee propeller.
The Scout was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, including the category's maximum empty weight of 254 lb (115 kg). The aircraft has a standard empty weight of 225 lb (102 kg). It features a parachute-style high-wing, single-place accommodation, tricycle landing gear and a single G-50 engine in pusher configuration. The 50 hp (37 kW) Rotax 503 engine was a factory option.
The aircraft carriage is built from powder coated welded 6061-T6 aluminum tubing and is a highly simplified design compared to other powered parachutes. In flight steering is accomplished via foot pedals that actuate the canopy brakes, creating roll and yaw. On the ground the same foot pedals control the nosewheel steering. The main landing gear incorporates fiberglass spring rod suspension. Standard equipment factory provided included a large canopy-stowage bag, electric engine starting, flight instruments and a four-point pilot harness.
The Scout was supplied as a complete ready-to-fly aircraft, introduced in 1999, but is no longer available. Unit cost in 2001 was US$10,000.
Engine: 1 × Zenoah G-50, 45 hp (34 kW)
Wing area: 400 sq ft (37 sq.m)
Empty weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Gross weight: 485 lb (220 kg)
Fuel capacity: 5 U.S. gallons (19 L; 4.2 imp gal)
Cruise speed: 25 mph (40 km/h; 22 kn)
Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (2.0 m/s)
Wing loading: 1.21 lb/sq ft (5.9 kg/sq.m)
Crew: one
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