Chickadee II ultralight aircraft (TL11)

Designed by Bruce Johnson

0.05 displacement ton open-topped cylinder airframe; 206 kg; Cr 7392
700 L open-topped cylinder airframe (2.2 m long x 63 cm wide x 63 cm high, wingspan 2.9 m); Structure: 48.9 kg of light composite, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.005 cm thick, 1 armour rating
7.50 kW TL7 Fuel Cell power plant; Fuel: 254 L of liquid hydrogen (18.2 kg), 4 hours supply
Propulsion System: 7.50 kW high performance aircraft with STOL capability; Maximum Speed: 113 km/h; Take-Off Speed: 26 km/h; Runway Length: 27 m; Take-Off Time: 7 seconds; Range: 453 km; Agility: +1DM (0.1G)
Crew roster: pilot; 1 external crew station; Protection: front
Subregional Radio (1 W, TL11, SmVcl)
No sensors installed.
30.0 L of cargo space

The Chickadee II is a modernized variant of the Chickadee ultralight aircraft. The internal combustion engine has been replaced with a fuel cell, giving silent operation, other than wind noise from the propeller. This model is widely used in police and scientific observation missions. With the wings and fuselage covered with transparent rather than colored material the craft casts much less of a shadow on the ground and is much harder to see. Donna Bradeshee used one of these in her famous studies of the migrating herds of Shoitafa on Higishii, popularized in the holovid 'Shoitafa in the Dust'.

Designed with CSC (software ©Robert Prior, 1997)