A new light British aircraft, the Beagle-Auster A109 "Airedale" executive plane - the cheapest four-seater on the UK market - was demonstrated recently near Coventry.
A new light British aircraft, the Beagle-Auster A109 "Airedale" executive plane - the cheapest four-seater on the UK market - was demonstrated recently near Coventry. Just the ideal transport for the fast-travelling business director, it will cost 4,750 and cruises at 140 miles per hour. It is manufactured by a new company - the British Executive an General Aviation (Beagle) Ltd.
The aircraft conforms to modern practice in its spatted "tricycle" undercarriage with steerable nosewheel. It has an advanced type of "Beagle" starting panel in the cabin roof, which introduces a new standard into light touring aircraft.
A 180 bhp Lycoming 0-360 engine powers the "Airedale" aircraft. The engine drives a McCauley constant-speed metal propeller. The maximum tank range is 1050 statutes miles in still air. The earlier Auster practice of positioning the flap and trimming controls is replaced by centrally mounted 'natural sense' elevator trim wheel and flap lever.
Other features of the "Airedale" include an ejector exhaust system which makes possible improved performance at height, high-lift slotted flaps to achieve good small-field performance at take-off and landing, and a swept fin and rudder of high aspect ratio, which offers exceptional control characteristics.
Another light aircraft soon on the British market is the Beagle-Auster "Terrier". This is a single-engine training touring aircraft which, costing only 1,995, is said to be the cheapest two-seater aircraft available in UK. Both the "Airedale" and the "Terrier" were to make their public debut at the Shackleton Aviation Weekend in Coventry April 28.