Socata Tangara & Gulfstream GA7
The Ga7 Cougar light twin saw restricted generation with Gulfstream in the late 1970s and has re-rose to enter creation with France's Socata as the TB 360 Tangara.
The GA-7 model first flew on December 20 1974, yet three years passed before generation started. By now Grumman's light flying machine lines had been obtained by Gulfstream, who conveyed generation Ga7s from February 1978.
The Ga7 configuration offered two 120kw (160hp) Lycoming O320s and the reinforced honeycomb development utilized on the Grumman Aa1 and Aa5. The beginning Ga7 outline offered a sliding cockpit overhang and two lodge windows for every side. Changes for creation air ship incorporated the selection of a customary lodge top encasing an extended lodge with an entrance entryway on the right hand side. The model's single fight wing configuration was changed to a twin fight outline permitting a fundamental wet wing fuel tank, and on generation GA-7s the primary undercarriage units withdrew outwards, instead of inwards.
Gulfstream fabricated two fundamental variations, the standard Ga7 and the Ga7 Cougar with a more extensive flight fit and enhanced inner part fittings. However offers of both airplane were moderate, to a limited extent in light of the Ga7's moderately low joined force yield of 240kw (320hp). Creation stopped in 1979 with Gulfstream's flight from light flying machine make.
In 1995 Socata acquired the rights to the Ga7 with the plan of putting it go into creation as the TB 320 Tangara. In June 1996 Socata declared its plans to redevelop the airplane as the TB 360 Tangara with 135kw (180hp) O-360s.
Three adjusted GA-7s have flown as Tangara models in this way, the first had a 120kw (160hp) and a 135kw (180hp) motor and flew in mid 1996, the third, which first flew in February 1997 was in full TB 360 arrangement. Creation has been delayed to 1999.
Socata is pitching the TB 360 at the light twin mentor market.
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