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Delta Technology DS-27 Honcho / DS-28 Super Honcho


Super Honcho

The Honcho is similar to the Nomad series except that the control surfaces are operated by pedals for the rudder, and a control wheel replaces the control stick. POWERPLANT: Unitrek 220-20 mounted in a pusher position aft and below the main wing. Otherwise similar to the Nomad. LANDING GEAR: Similar to the Nomad. Hydraulic dampened all-metal independent suspension tri-gear.
The Super Honcho is a conventional 3-axis strutted high-wing monoplane, differential ailerons, conventional aircraft construction, doped fabric.
The Honcho II is an open cockpit, 3-axis differential ailerons, strutted high-wing monoplane, all metal, double-surface dope-and-fabric wing.
All Delta Sailplane models are transport-able on a trailer after removing the wings and tailplane.


S. Smith Honcho at Fomoso, Ac.                                     (Courtesty S. Smith)


In 1984 Delta Technology had completed all design modifications on all three of the company's Nomad and Honcho ultralights.

''The Nomad 11, Honcho 11 and Super Honcho are now ready to go, and with the completion of our new production facility, we are prepared to deliver in two to four weeks," a company spokesman said. ''Our intent is to offer a special introduction price on.a limited number of aircraft in order to stimulate interest and awareness in the newly completed models,'' he added.

Delta also reduced the price on all three models by $1,000. The Honcho 11 was $3,980, the Nomad 11 $4,380 and the Super Honcho $4,980.

The Honcho 11 features all-metal construction, traditional, strutted wing design, energy-absorbing 360 degree roll-cage fuselage, conventional three-axis controls, strong wing structure with differential ailerons, hydraulically dampened independent suspension and a 10-year lifespan on double-surface wing coverings.

This offer was good until July 31, 1984; however, a limited quantity of aircraft were available. A production number and delivery date was to be issued upon receipt of payment in full or a 50 percent deposit.

DS-27A Honcho
Engine: Unitrek 220-20, 20 hp.
Engine displace-ment, 13.3
Static thrust, 145 lbs.
Wingspan, 32 ft 2 in.
Wing area, 131.35 sq.ft.
Aspect ratio: 7.88:1.
Overall length, 17 ft 5 in.
Empty weight, 164 lbs.
Usable payload (include fuel), 230 lbs.
Wing loading, 3 lbs/sq.ft.
L/D power-off glide ratio, 13.6:1.
Cruise speed (85% power), 48 mph.
Stall speed, 26 mph.
Approach speed, 35 mph.
Flair speed, 28 mph.
Liftoff speed, 32 mph.
Takeoff roll distance, 150 ft.
Rate of climb, 340 fpm.
Fuel capacity, 2.5 USG.
Range at cruise, 106 sm.

DS-28 Super Honcho

Engine: Rotax 503 45 hp
Prop: 54 x 32 prop.
1984 PRICE: $5,980 kit.
Wingspan 32’2”.
Wing area 131.35 sq.ft.
Turn radius 7’.
Load factors +6.67, -3.5.
Vne 80 mph.
Nor-mal cruise 58 mph.
Climb rate 1580 fpm.
Glide ratio 11.4:1.
Takeoff ground roll 60’.

DS-28A Super Honcho

Engine: Clydesdale, 28hp.
Propeller dia-meter and pitch 53x26 inch, 1.35x0.67m.
Reduction ratio 2.3/1.
Power per unit area 0.21hp/sq.ft, 2.3hp/sq.m.
Wingspan, 32 ft 2 in.
Wing area, 131.35 sq.ft.
Aspect ratio: 7.88:1.
Overall length, 17 ft 5 in.
Height overall 5.83ft, 1.78 m.
Empty weight 218 lb, 99kg.
Max take-off weight 407 lb, 184.6kg.
Payload 189 lb, 86kg.
Max wing loading 3.11 lb/sq.ft, 15.1kg/sq.m.
Max power loading 14.5 lb/hp, 6.6kg/hp.
Max level speed 85mph, 137kph.
Cruising speed 70mph, 113kph.
Stalling speed 26 mph, 42 kph.
Max climb rate at sea level 400ft/min, 2.0m/s.
Min sink rate 200ft/ min, 1.0 m/s.
Best glide ratio with power off 13.6/1.
Take-off distance 50 ft, 15 m.
Theoretical ceiling 17,500 ft, 5330 m.
Range at average cruising speed 81 mile, 130km.

Honcho II
Engine: Rotax 277, 28 hp.
Prop 48” x 32”.
1984 PRICE: $4,980 kit.
Weight 206 lbs.
Wingspan 32’2”.
Wing area 131.35 sq.ft.
Load factors + 6.67, -2.67.
Vne: 70mph.
Max level cruise full power: 58 mph.
Normal cruise 50 mph.
Climb rate 700 fpm.
Glide ratio: 12.6:1.
Takeoff ground roll 95’.


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