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Chargus Titan 38

 

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Two-seat side-by-side single-engined flex-wing aircraft with weight-shift control. Wing has floating cross-tube construction with single-surface; mixture of preformed and flexible ribs. Pilot suspended below wing in trike unit, using bar to control pitch and yaw/roll by altering relative positions of trike unit and wing. Undercarriage has three wheels in tricycle formation; no suspension on any wheels. Push-right go-left nosewheel steering independent from yaw control. Optional brakes on all wheels.
 
Aluminium-tube trike unit, with optional pod. Engine mounted below wing driving pusher propeller. Aluminium tubing to British HT30TF specification, anodised. Howe & Bainbridge Dac-ron sailcloth. Aircraft-quality fasteners.
 
The Titan 38 is designed largely for tuition, it has a side-by-side seating position, with the pilot and passenger sitting cross-armed so that each has a broad grip of the bar. The bar itself doubles as a full-width twist-grip throttle.
 
The hang point incorporates a Rose joint allow-ing the pilot to yaw the trike unit relative to the wing. Excessive yaw movement is prevented by four bungee shock cords, running fore and aft from each end of the trapeze to the trike unit. While this yaw provision could be useful when attempting a cross-wind landing, for example, it is not universally liked by those who have flown the machine.
 
The driven wheel of the reduction drive incorporates rubber bushes to absorb torsional vibration; in other respects the power unit is a conventional 440 Robin and is offered with optional electric start. Also optional is an extra fuel tank, which can be located behind the seat. The standard vertical cylindrical tanks, one attached to each pole, hold only 1.2 US gal (1.0 Imp gal, 4.5 litre) each.


Wing span 38.0 ft, 11.58 m.
Nose angle 125 deg.
Total wing area 250 sq.ft, 23.2 sq.m.
Wing aspect ratio 5.8/1.
Nosewheel diameter overall 16 inch, 41 cm.
Main wheels diameter overall 16 inch, 41 cm.
Engine: Robin EC44, 40 hp at 5900 rpm.
Toothed-belt reduction, ratio 2.0/1.
Power per unit area 0.16hp/sq.ft, 1.7 hp/sq.m.
Total capacity 2.4 US gal, 2.0 Imp gal, 9.1 litre.
Empty weight 2801b, 127kg.
Max take-off weight 616 lb, 279kg.
Payload 3361b, 152kg.
Max wing loading 2.46 lb/sq.ft, 12.0kg/sq.m.
Max power loading 15.4 lb/hp, 7.0kg/hp.
Max level speed >42mph, >68kph.
Never exceed speed 45mph, 72kph.
Cruising speed 38mph, 61 kph.
Stalling speed 25 mph, 40 kph.
Max climb rate at sea level 230ft/min, 1.2m/s.
Range at average cruising speed 30 mile, 49km.

 


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