Thruster T600 Sprint

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T600 Sprint
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Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Thruster Air Services
Introduction mid-1990s
Status In production (2012)
Unit cost
£30,000 (assembled, 2011)

The Thruster T600 Sprint is a British ultralight aircraft, designed and produced by Thruster Air Services of Langworth, Lincolnshire and introduced in the mid-1990s. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft. [1] [2]

United Kingdom Country in Europe

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Thruster Air Services

Thruster Air Services is a British aircraft manufacturer based in Langworth, Lincolnshire. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of ultralight aircraft in the form of ready-to-fly aircraft for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category.

Langworth village in United Kingdom

Langworth is a small village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 6 miles (10 km) north-east from the city and county town of Lincoln, and on the A158 road Lincoln to Skegness road. It is in the civil parish of Barlings.

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Design and development

The aircraft complies with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules and UK certified under BCAR Section "S". It features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit accessed via doors, fixed tricycle landing gear or conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration. [1] [2]

<i>Fédération Aéronautique Internationale</i> voluntary association

The Fédération aéronautique internationale, is the world governing body for air sports. It was founded on 14 October 1905, and is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It maintains world records for aeronautical activities including ballooning, aeromodeling, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and also for human spaceflight.

Tricycle landing gear aircraft undercarriage arranged with main gear under the wing or fuselage and a third set under the nose

Tricycle gear is a type of aircraft undercarriage, or landing gear, arranged in a tricycle fashion. The tricycle arrangement has a single nose wheel in the front, and two or more main wheels slightly aft of the center of gravity. Tricycle gear aircraft are the easiest to take-off, land and taxi, and consequently the configuration is the most widely used on aircraft.

Conventional landing gear aircraft undercarriage arrangement with main gear forward plus tail support

Conventional landing gear, or tailwheel-type landing gear, is an aircraft undercarriage consisting of two main wheels forward of the center of gravity and a small wheel or skid to support the tail. The term taildragger is also used, although some claim it should apply only to those aircraft with a tailskid rather than a wheel.

The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its flying surfaces covered in treated Dacron sailcloth and a fibreglass cockpit fairing. Fittings and mounts are 316 stainless steel and 4130 steel. Its 9.60 m (31.5 ft) span wing has an area of 15.70 m2 (169.0 sq ft) and flaps. The engine is mounted on the keel tube, above the cockpit. Standard engines available are the 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 two-stroke and the 85 hp (63 kW) Jabiru 2200 four-stroke powerplant. [1] [2] [3]

Stainless steel steel alloy resistant to corrosion

In metallurgy, stainless steel, also known as inox steel or inox from French inoxydable (inoxidizable), is a steel alloy, with highest percentage contents of iron, chromium, and nickel, with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass and a maximum of 1.2% carbon by mass.

Rotax 582 two-stroke piston aircraft engine

The Rotax 582 is a 48 kW (64 hp) two-stroke, two-cylinder, rotary intake valve, oil-in-fuel or oil injection pump, liquid-cooled, gear reduction-drive aircraft engine manufactured by BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG. It is for use in non-certified aircraft operating in day visual flight rules.

Jabiru 2200

The Jabiru 2200 is a lightweight naturally aspirated, pushrod four-stroke, flat four, air-cooled aircraft engine produced by Jabiru Aircraft.

Variants

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T600T tailwheel version
T600N
Nose wheel version [2]
T600T
Tailwheel version [2]

Specifications (T600 Sprint)

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T600 on floats

Data from Bayerl and Thruster Air Services [1] [3]

General characteristics

Aircraft engine engine designed for use in powered aircraft

An aircraft engine is a component of the propulsion system for an aircraft that generates mechanical power. Aircraft engines are almost always either lightweight piston engines or gas turbines, except for small multicopter UAVs which are almost always electric aircraft.

Warp Drive Inc United States propeller manufacturer

Warp Drive Inc is an American manufacturer of composite propellers for ultralight aircraft, ultralight trikes, light-sport aircraft, amateur-built aircraft, gyrocopter, airboats and other non-certified applications. The company is based in Ventura, Iowa.

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 140 km/h (87 mph; 76 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 105 km/h (65 mph; 57 kn)
  • Stall speed: 59 km/h (37 mph; 32 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 4.5 m/s (890 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 28.67 kg/m2 (5.87 lb/sq ft)

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 81. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN   1368-485X
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 84. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN   1368-485X
  3. 1 2 Thruster Air Services (n.d.). "Thruster T600 Sprint - 450kg Standard Specifications" . Retrieved 9 September 2012.