Beagle A.113 Husky
Auster A.113 / D.4 / D.5 / D.6
The 1961 types in the Auster range - D.4, D.5 and D.6 - were announced with Lycoming engines, but since then the company was taken over by the Pressed Steel Co., Ltd., as part of its Beagle (British Executive and General Aviation, Ltd.) group. Beagle has announced that Rolls-Royce/Continental powerplants will be installed in Auster/Beagle aircraft being developed under the direction of Mr. Peter Masefield.
The Beagle group had continued production of the Auster D.5/160 and Auster D.5/180, the latter as the A.113 Husky when fitted with a 134kW Lycoming O-360-A1A engine.
A major innovation of the D series was the use of metal wing spars which, with new low-flammability long-weathering plastic-based butyrate dope and paint finishes, made the D entirely suitable for use in the tropics. The D.4 was a two-seater with either a 9.75m or 10.98m wingspan and an 80, 112/119 or 134kW Lycoming engine; the D.5 was a three-seater offering the two wing spans but only the 119 and 134kW engines; and the D.6 was a four-seater with the greater wing span and engines as for the D.5. The first production D.4/108 flew on 12 February 1960; the first D.5/160 on 10 January 1960; and the first D.6/160 on 9 May 1960.
After taking the Auster AOP 6 and 7 from service, Beagle did buy them and refurbished them to civil use. They were sold to private customers as the A.113 Husky (AOP 7).
Engine: 1 x Lyc. O-360-A2A, 132kW / 180 hp
Wingspan: 10.97 m / 36 ft 1 in
Length: 7.1 m / 23 ft 4 in
Height: 2.5 m / 8 ft 2 in
Take-off weight: 1090 kg / 2403 lb
Empty weight: 646 kg / 1424 lb
Max take off weight: 2400 lb / 1088kg
Range: 502 nm / 930 km / 580 mi
Max. speed: 206 km/h / 128 mph
Cruise speed: 177 km/h / 110 mph / 96 kt
Max ROC SL: 800 fpm / 245 m/min
Ceiling: 4420 m / 14,500 ft
Beagle-Auster D.5/180 Husky