English name: Shark
TYPE: Side-by-side ultralight kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: Prototype EC-YZZ. UK debut at PFA Rally, Cranfield, June 2002 (demonstrator EC-ZFF).
CURRENT VERSIONS: Fixed gear: Nosewheel landing gear. As described.
Retractable gear: Tailwheel type. Retractable mainwheels; fixed tailwheel with speed fairings. Prototype EC-ZFX had flown by mid-2002.
CUSTOMERS: At least 57 sold by late 2002.
COSTS: Kit, excluding engine, instruments and propeller; €27,768 glass fibre spar, €36,080 carbon fibre spar (2002). Complete kits €47,240 and €61,180, respectively (2002).
DESIGN FEATURES: High-performance ultralight. Low-mounted, tapered wing and mid-tailplane. Sweptback fin. No composites work required for assembly.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual; ailerons and elevator pushrod actuated. Two-part (right and left), linked ailerons. Variable incidence (electric) tailplane for trim. Flaps also deflect upwards to optimise cruising speed.
STRUCTURE: Glass fibre monocoque fuselage; cockpit area reinforced. Steel tube centre-section. Wing main spar of carbon fibre or glass fibre (according to customer's choice; latter with 10 kg; 22 lb weight saving), with secondary trailing-edge spar and glass fibre sandwich skin.
LANDING GEAR: As described under Current Versions. Hydraulic brakes.
POWER PLANT: Option of 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) Rotax 912 ULS flat-four or 89 kW (120 hp) Jabiru 3300 flat-six; latter adds 8.5 kg (19 lb) to empty weight. Two-blade fixed-pitch propeller or three-blade ground-adjustable pitch propeller. Fuel in two wing tanks, combined capacity 70 litres (18.5 US gallons; 15.4 Imp gallons).
EQUIPMENT: Optional ballistic parachute.