Thursday, March 11, 2010
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,416. Empty wt. 875. Fuel capacity 25. Wingspan 28'. Length 19'4". Engine 100-hp Lycoming.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 138. Cruise mph 119. Stall mph 52. Climb rate 1,280. Takeoff run 700. Landing roll 700. Range 492.
Along with the PL-1, the PL-2 is the only design for amateur builders that is also used for military trainers. The PL-2 is simply an advanced version of the PL-1. The external shape and flight characteristics are almost identical, but the construction has been simplified. The PL-2 offers a wider cockpit, better canopy and fuselage lines, simplified dihedral, and the possibility of using engines from 90 to 150 hp. Despite its aerodynamically clean lines, there are no compound curves anywhere in the skin. This is partly the result of the use of a fiberglass cowl to streamline the nose. Pilots who have flown the PL-2 say it is an airplane flown with the fingers and not the fist. And, like the PL-1, it is stressed for aerobatics.