TYPE : Side-by-side ultralight/motor glider kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME : Non-flying exhibition airframe, then incomplete, displayed at Avalon Air Show, February 2001; prototype(19-3700) was removed from its moulds in August 2001 and was fitted out in late 2001/early 2002. First flight 18 May 2002. Conventional tailplane and elevators replaced in July 2002 by stabilator. First tailwheel version under construction (Kim Penglaze, Victoria) in mid-2003.
CURRENT VERSIONS :
Arrow: Standard version, as described. Available to Ultralight or Certified rules.
Arrow M/G : Motor glider version with 3.66 m (12 ft) increase in wing span.
Explorer: Described separately.
CUSTOMERS : Total of 10 kits sold by February 2003; first production kit shipped to New Zealand customer in March 2003.
COSTS : Arrow Sport kit, less engine, instruments and retractable landing gear, A$42,000, plus tax (2003).
DESIGN FEATURES : Derived from US Polliwagen homebuilt, described in 1983-84 and earlier editions of Jane's. Designed to meet AUF 51 per cent amateur-built rules. Conventional low-wing monoplane; sweptback T tail. Kit comprises prejoined fuselage mouldings with cowling, canopy and main spar carry-through installed; tail surfaces; wing skins with main spar installed; laser-cut profiles for rib shapes; carbon fibre instrument panel; plus seats, fuel cells, control columns, rudder pedals and hardware. Quoted average build time 350 hours.
FLYING CONTROLS : Manual. Ailerons, rudder and stabilator. Flaps.
STRUCTURE : Mostly of pre-moulded composites.
LANDING GEAR : Option of tailwheel type, fixed; or tricycle type, retractable. From mid-2003, wheel sizes 6.00x6 main; 5.00x6 nose.
POWER PLANT : Prototype has one 74.6 kW (100 hp) Subaru EA81 and Bolly Optima three-blade propeller. Other suitable engines include JPX 4TX75, Rotax 582, 912 and 914, Jabiru 2200 and 3300 and Textron Lycoming O-200 and O-360. Fuel capacity 71.9 litres (19.0 US gallons; 15.8 Imp gallons); optionally 117 litres (30.9 US gallons; 25.7 Imp gallons).
ACCOMMODATION : Two persons side by side under enclosed canopy. Dual controls (sticks) standard.
|DIMENSIONS, EXTERNAL :|
|Wing span: Arrow||8.53 m (28 ft 0 in)|
|- Arrow M/G||12.19 m (40 ft 0 in)|
|Length overall||5.79 m (19 ft 0 in)|
|Height overall (nosewheel)||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Wheelbase||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
WEIGHTS AND LOADINGS :
|Weight empty, typical||280 kg (617 lb)|
|Max T-O weight: Ultralight||544 kg (1,200 lb)|
|- Certified||700 kg (1,543 lb)|
|Max power loading (prototype)||6.63 kg/kN (10.90 lb/hp)|
PERFORMANCE (Subaru engine):
|Max level speed||more than 200 kt (370 km/h; 230 mph)|
|Cruising speed at 2,590 m (8,500 ft)||132 kt (244 km/h; 152 mph)|
|Stalling speed, flaps down||38 kt (71 km/h; 44 mph)|
|T-O and landing run||122 m (400 ft)|
|Range||782 n miles (1,448 km; 900 miles)|