Saturday, August 1, 2009

AMERICAN CHAMPION “CITABRIA”/ “SUPER DECATHALON”/“SCOUT”


1988–Present




Citabria

Citabria Explorer
STANDARD DATA: Citabria Aurora Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,750. Empty wt. 1,120. Fuel capacity 36. Engine 118-hp Lycoming O-235-K2C.
PERFORMANCE: Top Cruise 109 KTAS. Initial climb rate 740 fpm. Ceiling 11,500. Stall 47 kts. Takeoff distance ground roll 650'. Landing distance roll 520'.
STANDARD DATA: Citabria Adventure/Explorer Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,750/1,800. Empty wt. 1,200/ 1,250. Fuel capacity 36. Engine 160-hp Lycoming O-320-B2B.
PERFORMANCE:
Top Cruise 127 KTAS. Initial climb rate 1,167/1,130 fpm. Ceiling 15,000/15,500. Stall 47/42 kts. Takeoff distance ground roll 430/412'. Landing distance roll 480/360'.

Super Decathlon

Scout
STANDARD DATA: Super Decathlon Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,950. Empty wt. 1,340. Fuel capacity 40. Engine 180-hp Lycoming AEIO-360-H1B.
PERFORMANCE:
Top Cruise 142 KTAS. Initial climb rate 1,280 fpm. Ceiling 15,800. Stall 48 kts. Takeoff distance ground roll 495. Landing distance roll 425'.
STANDARD DATA: Scout Seats 2. Gross wt. 2,150. Empty wt. 1,400. Fuel capacity 36-72. Engine 180-hp Lycoming O-360-C1G.
PERFORMANCE: Top Cruise 109 KTAS. Initial climb rate 1,075 fpm. Ceiling 17,000. Stall 45 kts. Takeoff distance ground
roll 490'. Landing distance roll 420'.

American Champion became somewhat of a legend when it rescued the Bellanca Super Decathlon from extinction. The company now owns the type certificate to the Model 7 and Model 8 Champion Line (Champs, Challengers, Citabrias, Decathlons, Scouts). American Champion switched to metal wing spars, replacing the wooden ones championed by Giuseppe Bellanca, and now manufactures five models of the distinctive high wing aircraft—three Citabrias, the Aurora, Adventure and Explorer, as well as the Super Decathlon and Scout. American Champion aircraft are popular as tailwheel trainers, aerobatic trainers as well as backcountry bush aircraft.



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