Chichester-Miles Leopard

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • TypePrototype and preproduction aircraft only built at the time of writing, with design of production aircraft continuing.
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  • PerformancePrototype - Two 1.33kN (300lb) Noel Penny NPT 301 turbofans. 2nd aircraft - Two 3.11kN (700lb) Williams International FJX turbofans. Production aircraft - Two Williams International FJX-2s.
  • WeightsPrototype aircraft - Max cruising speed 655km/h (354kt). Initial rate of climb 2350ft/min. Range with no reserves 1300km (700nm). Production aircraft (estimated) - Max speed 869km/h (469kt), max and economical cruising speed at 45,000ft 804km/h (434kt). Initial rate of climb 6430ft/min. Service ceiling 55,000ft. Range with max payload and reserves 2780km (1500nm), range with max fuel 3545km (1915nm).
  • DimentionsPrototype - Basic empty 795kg (1750lb), max takeoff 1155kg (2550lb). Production aircraft (estimated) - Empty equipped 1000kg (2200lb), max takeoff 1815kg (4000lb).
  • CapacityWing span 7.16m (23ft 6in), length 7.54m (24ft 9in), height 2.06m (6ft 9in). Wing area 5.9m2 (62.9sq ft).
  • ProductionStandard seating for four, but could alternatively be equipped for the medevac role with a pilot, stretcher patient and medical attendant.

The smooth Leopard is ostensibly the most praiseworthy superior light airplane yet planned and flown.

Notwithstanding this progression, the Leopard goes over to the early 1980s when Ian Chichestermiles, a previous Chief Research Engineer at Bae Hatfield, made Chichestermiles Consultants. CMC finished development of a Leopard mockup in right on time 1982 and after that contracted Designability Ltd to perform point of interest configuration work and construct a model.

CMC initially trusted that the model Leopard would fly without precedent for right on time 1987, however different postponements implied that it didn't fly surprisingly until December 12 1988. From that point forward advancement has advanced decently gradually.

The system endured a setback when the Leopard's motor supplier Noel Penny stopped exchanging, and all flying halted while a preproduction airplane controlled by Williams International FJX turbofans was planned and fabricated. This airplane was shown at the 1996 Farnborough Airshow and flew shockingly on April 9 1997.

Generation Leopards will consolidate various progressed outline peculiarities including all composite development; supercritical, laminar stream, cleared wings; fluid deicing and disinfecting framework along the wings and tailplane; and EFIS flight (the model gimmicks less complex flying and pressurization frameworks and fluid deicing on the tailplane just). The preproduction Leopard consolidates the vast majority of these peculiarities bar the FJX-2 motors. The Leopard likewise does not offer spoilers or ailerons, rather move, pitch and yaw control is given by the all moving balance and differentially incited tailplanes.

The primary creation standard Leopard is because of fly in 2000, with affirmation and generation anticipated 2002.

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