DescriptionThe Europa XS and Europa Classic are a family of British composite two-place low-wing monoplane kit aircraft.
Designed by Ivan Shaw, the Europa was introduced in the early 1990s. Europas are manufactured by Europa Aircraft and supplied as kits for amateur construction. More than 450 Europas have been completed.
The Europa was conceived as a modern kit aircraft for personal use within Europe. Its design aims were: high speed, low cost, able to be built and stored at home, easily transportable on a trailer, using Mogas fuel, able to be rigged for flight in under five minutes, carrying two people in comfort, and providing sufficient baggage for extended touring. Apart from "low cost", these objectives were largely met.
The streamlined composite design and the particularly low canopy give the Europa both high cruise speeds (up to 200 mph (322 km/h)) and high fuel efficiency (up to 50 mpg or 5.6 l per 100 km) due to its low drag. The Europa can be fitted with Rotax 912UL of 80 hp (60 kW), the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS or the turbocharged 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 engine.
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Specifications below are for the Europa XS tricycle gear model.
- 2 side by side
- 5.84 m (19 ft 2 in)
- 8.28 m (27 ft 2 in)
- 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)
- Wing Area:
- 9.48 sq m (102 sq ft)
- Wing Loading:
- 13.42 lb/sq.ft / 65.52 kg/sq.m
- Empty Weight:
- 354 kg (780 lb)
- Gross weight: 623 kg (1370 lb)
- Fuel Capacity:
- (Standard Tank): 15 Imp gal / 18 US gal / 68 Litres
- 1 × Rotax 912 ULS, 74 kW (99 hp)
- Maximum cruise @ 10,000 ft. 166 kts / 191 mph / 307 kph
- Cruise Speed:
- 250 km/h (155 mph)
- Stall Speed:
- flaps extended: 44 kts / 51 mph / 81 kph, clean: 52 kts / 60 mph / 96 kph
- 1355 km (732 miles)
- Takeoff Dist.:
- 590 Feet / 180 Metres
- Landing Dist.:
- 600 Feet / 183 Metres
- Rate of Climb:
- 5.1 m/s (1000 ft/min)