Falconar Golden Hawk

The Falconar Golden Hawk is a Canadian tandem seat, pusher configuration, tricycle gear, canard-equipped ultralight aircraft that is offered in kit form by Falconar Avia of Edmonton, Alberta.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Falconar Golden Hawk
American Aerolights Falcon XP
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Falconar Avia
Introduction 1983
Status Kits available
Number built 4 (Golden Hawk - 2001)

Design and development

The Golden Hawk traces its lineage to the American Aerolights Falcon of 1983. After Falcon production ended, three companies produced versions of the design. Team Falcon restarted production in 1998 with their Falcon 2000, Falcon East produced one with their Peregrine Falcon and Falconar Avia produced one and termed their version of the design the Golden Hawk.[1][2]

The design has a composite fuselage and strut-braced wings made from aluminium and covered in doped aircraft fabric. The tip rudders and canard are also fabric-covered. The main landing gear is equipped with hydraulic disk brakes. The aircraft can be disassembled in ten minutes for ground transportation on a trailer or for storage.[1][2][3]

The canard surface controls pitch, while roll is via conventional ailerons. Yaw is controlled with wing-tip rudders. The aircraft is advertised as spin-proof.[1][2]

The Golden Hawk has been well received. Reviewer Andre Cliche described it as "a fantastic-looking aircraft that has no equal to stimulate the public's interest. Because of its futuristic looks Hollywood has used it several times in movies."[1]

Variants

American Aerolights Falcon
Initial production version, introduced in 1983. Production ended by about 1984.[1]
Team Falcon Falcon 2000
Improved production version introduced in 1998. Features longer landing gear to accommodate a large diameter propeller.[1]
Falcon East Peregrine Falcon
FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles category single seater with a Rotax 447 powerplant of 40 hp (30 kW) and a glide ratio of 14:1.[3]
Falconar ARV-1L Golden Hawk
Earlier production version, powered by a Hirth 2703 powerplant of 55 hp (41 kW) or other two-stroke engines of 50 to 60 hp (37 to 45 kW).[4][5][6]
Falconar ARV-1K Golden Hawk
Current production version, powered by a Hirth 2703 powerplant of 55 hp (41 kW) or other two-stroke engines of 50 to 60 hp (37 to 45 kW).[1][3]

Specifications (Golden Hawk)

Data from Cliche and Falconar Avia[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 14 ft 0 in (4.27 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
  • Wing area: 168 sq ft (15.6 m2) including canard
  • Empty weight: 500 lb (227 kg)
  • Gross weight: 990 lb (449 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 9 US gallons (34 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth 2703 twin cylinder, two-stroke aircraft engine, 55 hp (41 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 130 mph (210 km/h, 110 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 100 mph (160 km/h, 87 kn)
  • Stall speed: 40 mph (64 km/h, 35 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 130 mph (210 km/h, 110 kn)
  • Range: 200 mi (320 km, 170 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)

References

  1. Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-77. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. Falconar, Chris (June 2007). "Golden Hawk". Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  3. Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, pages 153 & 155. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  4. Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 47 Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  5. Downey, Julia: 2001 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 17, Number 12, December 2000, page 50. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  6. Downey, Julia: 2002 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 18, Number 12, December 2001, page 37. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
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