Monday, March 15, 2010
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,326. Empty wt. 800. Fuel capacity 25. Wingspan 28'. Length 18'11". Engine 95-hp Continental.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 120. Cruise mph 115. Stall mph 51. Climb rate 1,000. Ceiling 18,000. Takeoff run 550. Landing roll 175. Range 600.
The prototype PL-1 was stressed to 9Gs for aerobatics and featured a low-wing tricycle-gear configuration with a sliding canopy. In 1968, the Chinese Nationalist Air Force in Taiwan presented a PL-1 which they built for Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. Nearly 400 sets of plans were sold for the PL-1 before sales were discontinued. The fuselage of the plane is all-metal with only flat or single-curvature skins. The wings are built around a single all-metal spar with a leading edge torsion box. In the cabin, seating is side-by-side with dual controls, and there is room for 40 pounds of baggage.