Druine Turbi

The Druine D.5 Turbi was a light aircraft designed in France in the 1950s for home building. It was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with fixed tailskid undercarriage. The pilot and a single passenger sat in tandem, open cockpits. Essentially a scaled-up version of the Druine Turbulent design, the Turbi shared that aircraft's wooden construction. Again, like its predecessor, it was intended to be able to be powered by a variety of air-cooled engines.

D.5 Turbi
Druine Turbi at the Shuttleworth Collection
Role Recreational aircraft
Manufacturer Falconar Avia
Designer Roger Druine
First flight c. 1953

The aircraft was marketed as plans and as a kit by Falconar Avia of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Plans are now supplied by Manna Aviation of Australia.[1][2]

Design

The Turbi is built using all-wood construction. The wing uses a two-spar design. It uses slotted ailerons.[3]

Specifications (Druine D.5 Turbi)

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1961–62[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.70 m (28 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 13.50 m2 (145.3 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 280 kg (617 lb)
  • Gross weight: 495 kg (1,091 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Beaussier air-cooled 4-cylinder engine, 34 kW (45 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 155 km/h (96 mph, 84 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 120 km/h (75 mph, 65 kn)
  • Range: 640 km (400 mi, 350 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 2.50 m/s (492 ft/min)

References

  1. Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 52. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. "Manna Aviation - Druine D5 Turbi Plans Blueprints". mannaaviation.com.
  3. experimenter. October 1957. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. Taylor 1961, p. 50
  • Taylor, John W. R. (1961). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 347.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 892 Sheet 47.
  • "Jodel D.112 and Druine Turbi". Flight. Vol. 67 no. 2411. 8 April 1955. pp. 443–45. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
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