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Alpla AVo 60 Samburo / AVo 68V Samburo
M&D Flugzeugbau AVo 60 Samburo / AVo 68 Samburo
AVo 68


This Austrian side-by-side two-seater motor glider was designed by Werner Vogel with the assistance of Professor Dr Ernst Zeibig, and is intended for training as well as cross-country and pleasure flying.
The cantilever low wings are of conventional wood and fabric construction with spoilers in the upper surfaces, and can be folded back to an overall width of 32ft 9.5 in (10m) for hangar storage. The fuselage is a fabric covered steel tube framework and the rear section of the two-piece cockpit canopy slides backwards for the pilots' access; the latter have dual controls. The cantilever tail unit has a low-set tailplane with a trim tab in the starboard elevator. The undercarriage consists of a non-retractable monowheel recessed into a fairing under the fuselage, and small outrigger wheels on nylon legs under the wings at about 40% of each half-span; there is also a steerable tailwheel, and the main wheel brake can also be used as a parking brake.
It first appeared as the AVo 60 Samburo with a 60hp Limbach SL 1700EA 'flat four' engine driving a two blade fixed-pitch propeller and with a slightly smaller fuel tank. The production AVo 68V first flew in 1977 and has a 68hp Limbach SL 1700E4 engine driving a two-blade variable-pitch propeller, and has higher weights than the AVo 60. As originally designed, it also had a sailplane-like undercarriage consisting of a single mainwheel and a steerable tailwheel; however, later versions have a fixed taildragger undercarriage with two spatted mainwheels.
A total of 16 Samburos had been built by the Alpla-Werke Alwin Lechner OHG by the end of 1977, but production ended in January 1979.
With numerous design changes - including modern Rotax engines, state-of-the-art avionics, and aerotow capabilities, it was in production by the M&D Flugzeugbau company in Germany in 2011.
AVo 60 Samburo
The initial prototype powered by a 60 PS (44 kW) Limbach engine.
AVo 68 Samburo
Production aircraft powered by 68 PS (50 kW) Limbach engines.
AVo 68
Engine: Limbach, 60 hp
Wing span: 16.7 m / 54 ft 9.5 in
Length: 7.9 m / 25 ft 11 in
Height: 1.82 m / 5 ft 11.5 in
Wing area: 20.7 sq.m / 222.8 sq ft
Wing section: Gottingen 549/NACA 642
Aspect ratio: 13.6
Empty weight: 470 kg / 1,036 lb
Max weight: 685 kg / 1,510 lb
Water ballast: None
Max wing loading: 31.4 kg/sq.m / 6.43 lb/sq ft
Max speed: 92 kt / 170 km/h
Stalling speed: 32.5 kt / 60 km/h
Min sinking speed: 0.85 m/sec / 2.79 ft/sec at 40 kt / 74 km/h
Best glide ratio: 24 at 43 kt / 80 km/h
T-O run: 150-180 m / 492-590 ft
Rate of climb: 2.8 m/sec / 9.2 ft/sec


AVo 68V
Span: 54 ft 8.75 in
Length: 26 ft 0.5 in
Height: 5 ft 9.75 in
Wing area: 222.8 sq ft
Aspect ratio: 13.6
Empty weight: 1,036 lb
Max weight: 1,510 lb
Max speed: 106 mph
Max cruising speed: 90 mph
Min sinking speed: 2.79 ft/sec at 46 mph
Best glide ratio: 24:1 at 50 mph
Take-off run: 492-500 ft
AVo 68-R 115
Engine: 1 × Rotax 914F, 85 kW (115 hp)
Wingspan: 16.68 m (54 ft 9 in)
Length: 8.05 m (26 ft 5 in)
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Wing area: 20.7 m2 (223 ft2)
Aspect ratio: 13.6:1
Empty weight: 550 kg (1,212 lb)
Gross weight: 750 kg (1,543 lb)
Maximum speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)
Range: 1000 km (623 miles)
Maximum glide ratio: 25:1
Rate of climb: 6.0 m/s (1,180 ft/min)
Rate of sink: 1.15 m/s (226 ft/min)
Crew: one pilot
Capacity: one passenger

AVo 68

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