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  • Beechcraft Model 77 Skipper

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    Description

    The Beechcraft Model 77 Skipper is a two-seat, fixed tricycle gear general aviation airplane, originally designed for flight training but also used for touring and personal flying.

    General Information

    The Skipper was conceived with the design goals of creating a low cost primary trainer with an emphasis on ease of maintenance and low operating costs.

     

    Though the aircraft first flew with a standard tail configuration, by the time it entered production, a T-tail configuration had been adopted, giving it an appearance very similar to its close competitor, the Piper PA-38 Tomahawk introduced in 1978.

     

    Like the Cessna and Piper trainers which were its primary competition, the Skipper utilizes the Lycoming O-235 engine and features side-by-side configuration seating.

     

    The Skipper wing utilizes a GA(W)-1 airfoil, specifically developed for low-speed aviation applications, based on 1970s NASA research. The aircraft was certified for intentional spins.[3] While it is an all-metal design, the Skipper incorporated a number of innovative construction techniques, including tubular spars and aluminum honeycomb construction with metal-to-metal bonding, a technique inherited from the Musketeer family. The flaps and ailerons are actuated by torque tubes, rather than cables. The landing gear is mounted to the fuselage/wing junction, but has a 5.17 ft (2 m) wide wheelbase, giving it a "spraddle-legged" appearance on the ground.

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    Specifications

    Seats:
    2 side by side
    Length:
    24 ft 0 in (7.32 m)
    Wingspan:
    30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
    Height:
    7 ft 11 in (2.41 m)
    Wing Area:
    129.8 sq ft (12.1 sq m)
    Wing Loading:
    12.9 lbs/sq.ft.
    Empty Weight:
    1,100 lb (499 kg)
    MTOW:
    1,675 lb (760 kg)
    Fuel Capacity:
    29 USG/174 lbs.
    Powerplant:
    1 × Lycoming O-235-L2C flat-4 engine, 115 hp (86 kW)
    Vne:
    Max speed: 106 kts.
    Cruise Speed:
    105 kn (121 mph, 195 km/h)
    Stall Speed:
    47 kn (54 mph, 87 km/h) (flaps down)
    Range:
    412 nmi (475 mi, 764 km) at 8,500 ft (2,600 m) (econ cruise)
    Takeoff Dist.:
    (50') 1,280 ft
    Landing Dist.:
    (50') 1,313 ft
    Rate of Climb:
    720 ft/min (3.65 m/s)
    Service Ceiling:
    12,900 ft (3,930 m)

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