TYPE: Side-by-side kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: Originated in T-11 Sky Skooter, designed by John Thorp and first flown 15 August 1946. T-211 certified 20 April 1964 by Tubular Aircraft Products of Los Angeles, which produced parts for 100 aircraft; rights passed to Adams Industries of Detroit, then Thorp Aero Inc at Sturgis, Kentucky, which acquired components in stock; production rights passed to Phoenix Aircraft at Mesa, Arizona, in 1992, but that company declared bankrupt in mid-1994. Acquired by AD Aircraft in the UK; market launch (and first sale, to Ken Fowler) of kits at PFA International Air Rally & Exhibition at Cranfield, Bedfordshire, in July 1998. AD sold six homebuild kits supplied from the USA by Venture Light Aircraft Resources; Venture production began c/n 104. UK production of complete aircraft planned, but cancelled in 1999.
IndUS took over rights in 2002 (and parts stock sufficient for some 20 aircraft, all 'production' since 1970s having been from original stock of 100, from which requests for spare parts were also deducted by sebsequent owners); plans to produce Sport E at rate of one per month, rising to three per month in second half of 2004. In December 2003, IndUS announced that TAAL of India had started work on assembling the first two aircraft, components coming from the aforementioned parts stock; the first aircraft was due for delivery by 1 March 2004.
CURRENT VERSIONS: Sport E: Factory-built version.
Sport Experimental: Continental-engined kitbuilt version, supplied complete, or in eight sub-kits for stage-by-stage assembly.
Data refer to Continental-powered version.
CUSTOMERS: Five kits sold during PFA International Air Rally in July 1999, increasing total to six. (At least built in USA by Tubular Aircraft, one; Aircraft Engineering Associates, one; and Venture.)
COSTS: Basic kit US$21,995, exluding engine and avionics; factory-built version estimated US$59-89,000 (2003).
FLYING CONTROLS: Manual. Plain ailerons; all-moving tailplane with anti-balance tab occupying 90 per cent span; wide-span manually operated three-position trailing-edge flaps with maximum deflection of 20°.
STRUCTURE: Light alloy fuselage; wing with main spar, false spar and externally stiffened (ribbed) skin; ailerons, flaps, tailplane and rudder have externally stiffened skin. IndUS investigating possibility of fitting 'smooth' wing, subject to satisfactory resolving of structural issues.
LANDING GEAR: Non-retractable tricycle type; oleo-pneumatic shock-absorber in each leg; all three wheels size 5.00-5; steerable nosewheel; Cleveland brakes on main units.
POWER PLANT: One 74.6 kW (100 hp) Teledyne Continental O-200A flat-four, driving a Sensenich 69CK two-blade fixed-pitch propeller; IndUS fitting 89 kW (120 hp) Jabiru 3300 to act as prototype of version for SportPilot category. Fuel tank aft of cabin, capacity 91 litres (24,0 US gallons; 20.0 Imp gallons), of which 79.5 litres (21.0 US gallons; 17.5 Imp gallons) are usable; oil capacity 5.7 litres (1.5 US gallons; 1.25 Imp gallons). Jabiru 3300 six-cylinder four-stroke, rated at 89 kW (120 hp), available as an option from 1999.
ACCOMMODATION: Two seats side by side beneath rearward-sliding transparent canopy; fixed windscreen. Baggage compartment behind seats, capacity 8.1 kg (17.8 lb).
SYSTEMS: 12V 60A alternator.