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Ion Aircraft Ion 100 / 105 / 110 / 120

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Ion Aircraft is developing a line of light, two-seat (tandem) airplanes suitable for training, sightseeing, cross-country cruising, and generally having fun. All of Ion Aircraft's engineering is being done by AirBoss Aerospace of Reno, Nevada.


The Ion 100 is a kit aircraft being designed from the ground up to be Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) compliant.

The Ion 105 is a non-LSA variant of the 100, with better cruise performance.  The 105 version is meant for the US Experimental category.

The Ion 110 is the export version, intended to comply with upcoming European rules.
All three versions feature easily removable wings for trailer storage and two sets of interchangeable wings to meet differing performance requirements.

The majority of the plane is carbon fiber/epoxy composite material.  Specifically,.
The cowl is fiberglass.  Although it is very slightly heavier than carbon fiber would have been, the cowl is not structural and the fiberglass is much less expensive.
The wings are bonded aluminum as the bonded aluminum process is actually calculated to be a little lighter than composite would have been.
Tthe Ion 120 has a 10 inch (25 cm) removable nose cone to allow access to the nose gear and the batteries.  It will also allow it to fit in a 24 foot trailer.

Ion 100
Cruise: 156 mph
Stall: 45 mph
Range: 920 sm
Rate of climb: 1600 fpm
Takeoff dist: 394 ft
Engine: Jabiru 3300, 120 hp
HP range: 100-150
Fuel capacity: 25 USG
Empty weight: 890 lb
Gross weight: 1320 lb
Length: 24 ft
Wing span: 29 ft
Wing area: 113.5 sq.ft
Seats: 2
Cockpit width: 31 in
Landing gear: nose wheel

Ion 120
Engine; 100 hp
Length: 24 ft (7.3 meters)
Wing span / LSA wings: 30 ft, 4 in (9.25 m)
Wing span / cruise wings: 26 ft 10 in (8.2 m)
Cockpit width: 30 in (76 cm)
Cruise 75% SL: 132 kt / 152 mph
Cruise 75% 3000 ft: 135 kt / 155 kt
Cruise 75% 9000 ft: 138 kt / 159 mph

 


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