CLASS KESTREL

TYPE: Side-by-side ultralight/kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Announced in 2003, by which time the prototype had already flown; flight testing to be completed by end of 2003, with first deliveries due during early 2004.

CURRENT VERSIONS: Kestrel 60: Baseline version.
Kestrel 150: Upgraded model, with more powerful engine and higher take-off weight. First deliveries due during second half of 2004.

COSTS: Kestrel 60 kit C$23,125 for first five aircraft, thereafter C$25,000; Kestrel 150 kit C$24,950 for first five aircraft, thereafter C$27,000 (2003).

DESIGN FEATURES: Intended for cross-country and training; to complement all-metal Bush Caddy range. Primarily aimed at kitbuilt market, but will also be available as factory-finished aircraft.
Wing section NACA 23012.

FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual.

STRUCTURE: Fuselage of composite epoxy/carbon material on glass and gelcoat polyester reinforced with bonded framework.

LANDING GEAR: Choice of tricycle or tailwheel type.

POWER PLANT: Kestrel 60 will have one 47.8 kW (64.1 hp) Rotax 582 driving two- or three-bladed propeller; Kestrel 150 will accept engines up to 112 kW (150 hp).

AVIONICS: Design accepts full VFR panel for pilot training.

 

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