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Bellanca 8 Scout

ACA 8KCAB Super Decathlon



Bellanca 8 Scout

Bellanca also produces the Scout, an aircraft very similar to the Citabria. Two versions were offered, the Mod-el 7GCBC with a 150-hp Lycoming O-320-A2B engine and a slightly larger Model 8GCBC, with a 180-hp Lycoming O-360-C2A, two feet more span, and Hoerner wing tips.

ACA 8KCAB Super Decathlon

From the manufacturing line at Bellanca's Osceola, Wisconsin plant. The Champion Model 8KCAB Decathlon is a close cousin to the Bellanca Citabria, the principle difference being its symmetrical NACA 1412 wing section, 2.5 foot shorter span, reinforced front spar, stronger, more closely spaced ribs and constant-speed prop. The Decathlon semi-symetrical NACA 1412 wing makes the plane a vastly superior aerobatic ship compared to the Citabria, particularly in rolls, where the Decathlon's shorter span and larger ailerons offer a noticeable difference. The all metal Decathlon does not have flaps.

Both planes come with 150-hp Lycoming IO-320 engines capable of pro-longed inverted flight, but the Citabria also can be pur-chased with a 115-hp Lycoming 0-235 powerplant and a 150-hp Lycoming not specifically outfitted for viewing the world upside-down. The Decathlon is designed for loads of +6 Gs and -5 Gs, whereas the Citabria is approved for + 5 Gs and -2 Gs.

The initial 14 Champion Decathlons were hand-built, but they sold so well that the model soon became this country's first production aerobatic plane.

Bellanca Scout 8GCBC
Engine: 1 x Lycoming IO-360-C2A, 180 hp.
Seats: 2.
Wing loading: 11.94 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 11.94 lb/hp.
Gross wt: 2150 lb.
Empty wt: 1290 lb.
Equipped useful load: 830 lb.
Ag useful load: 1060 lb.
Payload max fuel: 410 lb.
Range max fuel/75% pwr: 639 nm/6 hr.
Range max fuel / 55% pwr: 746 nm/ 7.9 hr.
Service ceiling: 14,500 ft.
75% cruise: 106 kt.
55% cruise: 95 kt.
Stall: 36-43 kt.
1.3 Vso: 47 kt.
ROC: 1080 fpm.
Min field length: 1245 ft.
Fuel cap: 210/420 lb.
Undercarriage: fixed tailwheel.


Engine: Lycoming IO-320-EIA, 150 hp.
TBO: 2,000 hrs.
Propeller: Hartzell two-blade constant speed.
Length: 22 ft. 8 in.
Height: 7 ft. 8 in.
Wingspan: 32 ft.
Airfoil: NACA 1412.
Aspect ratio: 6.05.
Wing area: 169 sq. ft.
Wing loading: 10.7 lb/sq.ft.
Seats: 2.
Empty wt: 1,303 lbs.
Useful load: 497 lbs.
Payload with full fuel: 257 lbs.
Gross weight: 1,800 lbs.
Power loading: 12 lb/hp.
Fuel capacity (standard): 40 USG/240 lbs.
Baggage capacity: 100 lbs.
Rate of climb: 1,025 fpm.
Service ceiling: 16,000 ft.
Maximum speed: 142 mph/123 knots.
Cruise, 75% power @ 7,500 ft: 140 mph/122 knots.
Economy cruise, 65% power 9,000 ft: 135 mph/117 knots.
Range @ max cruise (45-min res): 574 sm/499 nm.
Range @ economy cruise (45-min res): 527 sm/458 nm.
Duration @ max cruise (no res): 5 hrs.
Stall speed (clean): 53 mph/46 knots.

Bellanca 8KCAB Decathalon

Engine: 1 x Lycoming IO-320-E1B, 150 hp.
Seats: 2.
Wing loading: 10.6 lb/sq.ft.
Pwr loading: 12 lb/hp.
Gross wt: 1800 lb.
Empty wt: 1280 lb.
Equipped useful load: 490 lb.
Payload max fuel: 250 lb.
Range max fuel/75% pwr: 468 nm/3.9 hr.
Range max fuel / 55% pwr: 540 nm/ 5.2 hr.
Service ceiling: 16,000 ft.
75% cruise: 119 kt.
55% cruise: 105 kt.
Stall: 37kt.
1.3 Vso: 48 kt.
ROC: 880 fpm.
Min field length: 1450 ft.
Fuel cap: 240 lb.
Undercarriage: Fixed tail.

2008 Super Decathlon Model 8KCAB
2008 New price: $146,900
2009 New price: $152,500
Engine: Lycoming AEIO-360-H1B, 180@SL
TBO (hrs.): 1400 Fuel type: 100LL
Propeller: 74-in., CS Hartzell
Landing gear type: Tri./Conv.
Max ramp weight (lbs.): 1950  
Gross weight (lbs.): 1950
Landing weight (lbs.): 1950
Empty weight, std. (lbs.): 1340
Useful load - std. (lbs.): 610
Payload - full std. fuel (lbs.): 376
Useable fuel (gals.): 39
Wingspan (ft.): 32
Overall length: 22 ft.10 in.
Height: 7 ft. 8 in.
Wing area (sq. ft.): 169.1
Wing loading (lbs./sq. ft.): 10.64
Power loading (lbs./hp.): 10 (aerobatic)
Seating capacity: 2
Cabin doors: 1
Cabin width (in.): 30
Cabin height (in.): 45
Baggage capacity (lbs.): 100
G-limits, aerobatic: +6/-5     
Cruise speed (kts.) 75% power: 128
Cruise speed (kts.) 55% power: 111     
Fuel consumption (USgph) 75% power: 9.5
Fuel consumption (USgph) 55% power: 7.6     
Vso (kts.): 46
Best rate of climb, SL (fpm): 1280
Service ceiling (ft.): 15,800
Takeoff distance (ft.): 495
Takeoff over 50 ft. obstacle (ft.): 904
Landing distance (ft.): 425
Landing over 50 ft. obstacle (ft.): 1051

American Champion Super Decathlon 8KCAB

New price: $113,900
Engine:Lycoming AEIO-360-H1B, 180 hp@2700@SL
TBO hrs.: 2000
Fuel type:100/100LL
Propeller type/diameter: MT CS
Landing gear type: Conv/Fixed
Max ramp weight (lbs.): 1800
Gross weight (lbs.): 1800
Max landing weight (lbs.):1800
Empty weight, std. (lbs.): 1340
Useful load, std. (lbs.): 460
Payload, full std. fuel (lbs.): 226
Usable fuel (gals.): 39
Oil capacity (qts.): 8
Wingspan: 32 ft.
Overall length: 22 ft. 11 in.
Height: 7 ft. 9 in.
Wing area (sq. ft.): 169
Wing loading (lbs./sq. ft.): 10.64
Power loading (lbs./hp.): 10
Wheel track: 6 ft. 4 in.
Wheel size (in.): 6.00 x 6
Wheel base: 16 ft. 1 in.
Seating capacity: 2
Cabin doors: 1
Cabin width (in.): 30
Cabin height (in.): 47
Baggage capacity (lbs.):100
Cruise speed (kts.) 75% power: 127
Max range (w/ reserve) (nm) 75% power: 410
Max range (w/ reserve) (nm) 55% power: 440  
Stall speed (flaps up) (knots): 64
Stall speed (flaps down) (knots): 55
Best rate of climb (SL fpm): 1280
Service ceiling (ft.): 15,800
Takeoff ground roll (ft.): 495
Takeoff over 50-ft. obstacle (ft.):905
Landing ground roll (ft.): 425
Landing over 50-ft. obstacle (ft.): 1051


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