Europa Aviation Europa Motor Glider
Europa Aircraft, maker of the Europa XS homebuilt kit, has come out with the Europa Motor Glider.
The development aircraft first flew in February 1992.
The key is a new 42-foot-span wing that can be mated with the existing Europa kitplane fuselage or built as part of an all-new airplane. Designed by Airbus Industrie aerodynamicist Don Dykins. The 43 foot span wings give a glide ratio of 26:1 and a stall of 45 kts at mauw.
The aerobatic Europa features an easily removable wing, so one for cruising and one for soaring. The 13:1 aspect ratio wing has trailing edge airbrakes to steepen descents. The Europa XS Motorglider is available both as a Monowheel or Trigear with comparable performance and specifications.
The advantage of the Motorglider is that in most countries it can be flown without the need for a full aviation Class II medical. The Motorglider can be supplied with a number of different engines, although recommended are those from Rotax. The Rotax engines currently range from 80HP through to 115HP. The latter unit being turbocharged.
Europa Classic XS Motorglider
Wing span: 47.25 ft / 14.401 m
Wing area: 141.14 sq.ft / 13.111 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 15.818
Overall length: 19.17 ft / 5.843 m
Overall height (Monowheel): 4.33 ft / 1.320 m
Overall height (Trigear): 7.00 ft / 2.133 m
Baggage space: 22.50 cu.ft / 0.637 cu.m
Maximum take-off weight: 1370 lb / 621.4 kg
Empty weight (Monowheel - Rotax 912 UL): 883.0 lb / 400.5 kg
Useful load (Monowheel - Rotax 912 UL): 487.0 lb / 220.9 kg
Empty weight (Trigear - Rotax 912 UL): 921.9 lb / 418.2 kg
Useful load (Trigear - Rotax 912 UL): 448.1 lb / 203.2 kg
Maximum baggage capacity: 80.0 lb / 36.3 kgs
Wing loading at max take-off weight: 9.71 lb/sq.ft / 47.40 kg/sq.m
Design Load: +5.30g / -2.65g
Ultimate Load: +7.95g / -3.98g
Stall speed clean: 42 kts: 48 mph / 78 kph /
Cruise speed 8000 ft 75% pwr (Rotax 912 ULS) (TAS): 110 kts / 126 mph / 203 kph
Max cruise speed 10000 ft (Rotax 914 UL Turbo) (TAS): 151 kts / 174 mph / 280 kph
Rate of climb 1370lb gross weight (Rotax 912 ULS): 1000 fpm / 5.08 m/s
Rate of climb 1370lb gross weight (Rotax 914 UL Turbo): 1300 fpm / 6.60 m/s
Minimum sink rate at minimum sink speed: 200 fpm / 1.02 m/s
Maximum Fuel (Standard Tank): 15 Imp gal / 18 US gal / 68 Litres
Fuel burn 55% power 95-100 kts @ SL (Rotax 912 UL): 2.20 Imp Gal/hr / 2.65 US Gal/hr / 10.02 Litres/hr
Fuel burn 55% power 103-108 kts @ SL (Rotax 912 ULS): 3.14 Imp Gal/hr / 3.77 US Gal/hr / 14.28 Litres/hr
Take off roll: 600 ft / 183 m
Landing roll: 600 ft / 183 m
Glide Ratio (with propeller feathered): 27:1 @ 53 knots
Minimum sink speed: 47 kts / 54 mph / 87 kph