BEST OFF SKY RANGER

TYPE: Side-by-side ultralight kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Designed in Toulouse, France, in 1990 by Philippe Prevot; winner of World FAI two-seat ultralight championships between 1996 and 2000, plus silver medal in European ultralight championship in 2002. After production of 200 by Synairgie in France, between 1992 and 1997, manufacture was transferred to Aeros in 1998; current version is Sky Ranger 2.

CUSTOMERS: Over 500 flying worldwide by early 2003.

COSTS: Kit €10,980 less engine (2003) with engine €$10,500 extra (2003).

DESIGN FEATURES: Intended to combine high performance with simple construction. Delivered as fast-build kit, assembled by two persons in two weeks. Wings foldable for storage by two persons in 20 minutes.
High wing with V-strut bracing and auxiliary struts; wire-braced empennage. Purpose-designed wing section. Directional stability enhanced from 2003 onwards by addition of underfin in two configurations, that adopted in US also having downward extension to rudder.

FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual; cable operated.
Three-position flaps; pushrod actuated.

STRUCTURE: Employs only straight 2024 aluminium tubing; no bends or welds; fabric covering, except for composites engine cowling and forward fuselage. No composites in structural elements. Other parts of stainless steel and plated mild steel. Optional composites wingtips.

LANDING GEAR: Tricycle type; fixed. All tyres 4.00-6. Cantilever-sprung main legs. Disc brakes. optional wheel fairings and floats.

POWER PLANT: One 59.6 kW (79.9 hp) Rotax 912 UL with 1:2.27 gearing in highest-powered version. Rotax 503, 582, 912 UL-S and Jabiru 2200 are alternatives. Three-blade, ground-adjustable pitch propeller. Fuel capacity 50 litres (13.2 US gallons; 11.0 Imp gallons) in tank behind seats.

 

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