Tuesday, October 21, 2008
| STANDARD DATA: Gross weight: 1,178 lbs.; Empty weight: 739 lbs.; Fuel capacity: 20 gals.; Wingspan: 19 ft. 7 in.; Length: 17 ft. 6 in.; Engine: 100–200 hp. |
PERFORMANCE: Top speed: 180 mph; Cruise speed: 130 mph; Stall speed: 50 mph; Climb rate: 3,500 fpm; Service ceiling: 14,000 ft.; Takeoff run: 350 ft.; Landing roll: 800 ft.; Range: 350 nm.
The original designs are no longer available from the EAA, but many are now sold by a company called Acro-Sport. The Acro-Sport is a hot little acrobatic ship that's delightful to handle. Some say that it flies similarly to the two-place Pitts, but since the Acro-Sport is a single-seater and much lighter, it's easier to land, has a shorter roll at takeoff and has an improved glide ratio.