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Diamond DA20-C1 EclipseSingle-engine, composite materials, with low wing, tricycle landing gear and fixed pitch propeller
The Diamond Aircraft company can trace its origin back to the Hoffman company founded in Austria in 1979, especially famous for its Hoffman H36 Dimona motorglider.
The Diamond DA20 family based on the Dimona still has some of its original features, like the “T” shaped tail, the shape of the cabin or of the wings, although it lost its tail skid to gain the tricycle type landing gear, as training is one of the purposes of this model. In fact, this remnant from the world of gliders gives the DA20 its legendary gliding capacity, making it an extremely safe aircraft for flight instruction.
The initial model called DV20 Katana flew for the first time in 1991 equipped with one 80 hp Rotax engine and a fixed pitch propeller. To increase production due to the popular acceptance of the model on the market, Diamond established a factory for the definitive DA20-C1 Eclipse model in Canada. This is the version we have at the aeroclub, with a more powerful Continental engine, a fixed pitch propeller, a larger and more comfortable cabin, with Garmin avionics, and better visibility with two additional windows, among other improvements.
Piper PA-28-181 Archer IIISingle-engine, metal, with low wing, tricycle landing gear and fixed pitch propeller
Piper is, along with Cessna, one of the two largest historical leisure aircraft manufacturers. Its aircraft have been used for training right from the start of their production in 1927, with emblematic models like the J-3 Club (1937), the PA-23 Apache (1954), and their many versions.
But undoubtedly the most famous and recognisable Piper model used for training is the PA-28 Cherokee, launched in 1960 to compete with the Cessna 172, providing aviators with one of the most interesting debates that continues even today: High wing versus low wing aircraft.
There are many versions of the PA-28, but the modification that replaced the thick constant chord wings with the new variable chord and thinner profile wings represented a great advance in flight features and caused the PA28 to become legendary for its perfect harmony between comfort, safety, performance, and easy handling.
The PA-28-181 Archer III we have in the aeroclub is one of these units, equipped with a larger cabin, a new 180 hp engine, new instruments, and a new electrical system, among many other improvements on the original model.
Weight: 1,155 Kg
Range: 1,600 Km
Cruising speed: 160 Kt
Piper PA-34-200 SenecaMulti-engine, metal, with low wing, retractable tricycle landing gear and variable pitch propeller
The Seneca I is the aircraft chosen by the Reus Aeroclub for the flight training of its students in multi-engine and complex aircraft.
There is no need to think twice when choosing an aircraft with the best balance between operational cost, easy handling, safety record, and performance.
The model flew for the first time in 1969 and is still being manufactured with turbo-compressed engines and other modifications that make the more modern versions more useful for private flights than for flight training.
The unusual counter-rotation of its propellers makes its especially safe, eliminating the existence of critical engine limitations during an emergency engine stoppage, a manoeuvre performed quite often during flight training with multi-engines.
Wingspan: 11.9 m
Weight: 1,925 Kg
Cruising speed: 133 Kt
CASA 1131-E (Bücker Bü-131 Jungmeister)Single-engine biplane aerobatic aircraft made from tubes, wood, and fabric, with tailskid and open cockpit
The Bücker is one of the most famous historical biplanes, because this was the aircraft used for training Luftwaffe pilots during the Second World War.
It was used in large quantities by the armed forces of several countries from the 1930s to the 1960s, earning well deserved fame for its robustness and agility and now becoming a much-desired collection piece.
The Bücker in Spain was manufactured by CASA under licence until the 1960s and one of the units of the 2000 series, donated by the Air Force, is the one operated by Reus Aeroclub.
Seats: 2 in tandem
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