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Bede BD-17 Nugget
The Bede BD-17 Nugget is an American single-seat monoplane. designed by Bedecorp for amateur construction from a kit.
The Nugget was announced in June 2000 and was designed to be easy to build with a maximum of 110 parts. The first flight of the tricycle landing gear prototype (N624BD) was on 11 February 2001.
It is an all-metal low-wing constant-chord monoplane, it has optional folding wings and is available with fixed conventional landing gear with a tailwheel or a tricycle landing gear. Scotch ply main legs and differential braking. The prototype BD-17 has 5.00-5 mainwheel tyres and 25 cm (10 in) nosewheel tyre. It can be fitted with an engine between 45 and 80 hp (33.6 to 59.7 kW). The flying controls are conventional and manual. No flaps were fitted on the prototype BD-17 but production kits have flaps.
The prototype had a 60 hp (45 kW) HKS 700E two-cylinder four-stroke engine. The pilot has an enclosed cockpit with a rearward-sliding canopy. The structure is all-metal honeycomb sandwich. Honeycomb fuselage covered with 5 mm (0.20 in) aluminium sheet and control surfaces are of urethane foam. Constant-chord wings have extruded tube spar.
The public debut was at Sun 'n' Fun, April 2001.
The BD-17L is a LSA version of the original BD-17. The BD-17L sold as a kit,meets the 51% rule.
The BD-17L uses a half inch honeycomb sandwich panels. They are chemically welded with gussets to each other. This concept was originally used on the BD-1 and the Yankee. It is a honeycomb core with .020 skins bonded on each side. This creates an extremely light weight but strong panel.
The BD-17 wing spar is strong, light and simple, extruded aircraft-quality aluminum tube. Both wing spars slide over a center spar rigidly, fastened to the fuselage, providing exceptional load-carrying strength. Ribs are made of the same honeycomb aluminum that makes the fuselage 300% stronger than conventional construction. The BD-17′s wing spar has been tested to 11.2 Gs without failure in destructive testing. The honeycomb wing ribs form a series of sealed panels in each wing, capable of holding up to ten gallons of fuel in each with the option of an additional panel on each wing to store fuel.
The landing gear is one continuous hoop that is fastened to the center section with two pins. The actual assembly to the center section takes approx. 15 minutes. The landing gear is bullet drilled for the brake lines. Fittings are attached at the top and bottom of the hoop. The main landing gear takes approximately 3 hours to build including wheels and brakes.
The BD-17 Nugget possesses exceptional flying qualities. Being small and lightweight, it utilizes the side stick control first adopted on the BD-5. The basic stability in all three axes are positive, both in static and dynamic stability. Control harmony is smooth and even for all three surfaces. Roll response is smooth and positive even into stall buffet. Cockpit room is accommodating for both large and small pilots, and visibility is excellent throughout.
The cost of the BD-17 was US$19,990 less engine in 2003. Seven had been produced by 2011. At least 17 BD-17 kits sold and four aircraft registered by August 2003; three of which were completed by that time.
Bede BD-17 Nugget
Engine: HKS 700E, 60 hp (44.6 kW)
Wingspan: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Wing area: 53.5 sq ft (4.97 m2)
Wing chord, constant: 0.76 m (2 ft 6 in)
Wing aspect ratio: 8.6
Length: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Height: 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)
Empty weight: 450 lb (204 kg)
Gross weight: 850 lb (386 kg)
Fuel capacity: 20 USG / 76 lt / 16.7 Imp gallons
Maximum speed: 195 mph (313 km/h, 169 kn)
Cruise speed: 150 mph (241 km/h, 130 kn)
Stall speed: 52 mph (84 km/h, 45 kn)
Range: 702 mi (1,129 km, 610 nmi)
Rate of climb: 1,050 ft/min (5.3 m/s)
T-O run: 213 m (700 ft)
Landing run: 189 m (620 ft)
Cockpit max width: 1.17 m (3 ft 10 in)
Seats: 1

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