English name: Sapphire

TYPE: Side-by-side ultralight/kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Incomplete prototype exhibited at Aero 2001 at Friedrichshafen in April 2001; first flight then scheduled for August or September 2001; D-MATR exhibited at Berlin, May 2002. Certification to LTF-UL regulations received in late 2003, at which time a second prototype was nearing completion.

CURRENT VERSIONS: Saphir 80: Ultralight version, as described.
Saphir 100: As Saphir 80 but with 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) Rotax 912 ULS for glider- and banner-towing.
Saphir J: As Saphir 80 but with 59.7 kW (80 hp) Jabiru 2200.
Saphir D: Proposed version with 59.7 kW (80 hp) Diesel Air D-280.
Experimental: Kitbuilt lightplane version; maximum T-O weight 570 kg (1,256 lb); has provisional wing span of 9 m (29 ft 6 in).

COSTS: Kit: Saphir 80 €65,000; Saphir 100 €66,000; Saphir J €64,000; Saphir D €65,000 (including instruments and taxes) (all 2003).

DESIGN FEATURES: Low-wing monoplane with slightly sweptback wings and upturned wingtips. Combines elements of two Czech aircraft: wing and tail unit of Urban UFM-10 Samba with cockpit section of ATEC Zephyr. Urban Samba XXL has same combination, but detail differences.
Wing section SM 701.

FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. One-piece elevator; plain flaps. Electrically actuated elevator trim tab and flaps.

STRUCTURE: All-composites.

LANDING GEAR: Tricycle type; fixed. Mainwheel diameter 400 mm, nosewheel 300 mm. Speed fairings on all three wheels.

POWER PLANT: One 59.6 kW (79.9 hp) Rotax 912 UL (Saphir 80), 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) Rotax 912 ULS (Saphir 100) or 59.7 kW (80 hp) Jabiru 2200, driving a Kremen SR 200 three-blade, ground-adjustable pitch wooden propeller; optional Kremen SR 2000 variable-pitch (electric), wooden propeller. Saphir D offered with 59.7 kW (80 hp) Diesel Air-D-280 power plant. Fuel in two tanks, combined capacity 100 litres (26.4 US gallons; 22.0 Imp gallons).