Chickadee ultralight aircraft (TL10)

Designed by Bruce Johnson

0.05 displacement ton open-topped cylinder airframe; 201 kg; Cr 7167
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 TL5 Imp. Internal Combustion power plant; Fuel: 3.75 L of high-grade hcarb (3.75 kg), 4 hours supply
Propulsion System: 7.50 kW high performance aircraft with STOL capability; Maximum Speed: 116 km/h; Take-Off Speed: 25 km/h; Runway Length: 26 m; Take-Off Time: 7 seconds; Range: 463 km; Agility: +1DM (0.1G)
Crew roster: pilot; 1 external crew station; Protection: front
Subregional Radio (1 W, TL10, SmVcl)
No sensors installed.
50.0 L of cargo space

The Chickadee is a popular ultralight aircraft. It's essentially powered by a lawnmower engine, a cheap, reliable, easy-to-service powerplant. The pilot rides on a small seat with a windscreen below and forward of the wing. Most owners of this aircraft use it for recreation, but there are a number of people, ranchers, wildlife biologists and the like, that appreciate it's utility value as a cheap aerial platform for observation. The Radio communicator, is often simply an automotive or hand held CB radio zip-stripped to the frame. The airplane can land in almost no space, simply by stalling it, close to the ground. This can be a bit rough on the pilot, but the aircraft structure can take it.

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