Engine Powered Parachute Wing PARAFAN

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One of the first engine powered parachute wing vehicle was designed in Poland in mid-eighties, by aeronautical engineers: Marek Debski Ph.D. and Andrzej Komor Ph.D. The communicate provides some information concerning that early project. The power unit consisted of the KFM piston engine and two counter-rotating over-ducted propellers. Such idea was selected in order to eliminate possible gyro effects and due to this, to facilitate vehicle?s handling. The power unit was mounted on a vehicle?s carriage. Wide stretched analytical investigated by use of a specially prepared ground test bed. All the structure ( i.e. the carriage and parachute) was easily demounted and packed into a car luggage compartment for transport purposes. Info & Contact: dedal@ilot.edu.pl

Specifications

Empty weight:
220 lbs (100 kg)
MTOW:
441 lbs (200 kg)
Cruise speed:
24 kts (28 mph) (44 kph)
Climb:
394 ft/min (2 m/s)
Glide ratio:
4
Take-off distance:
131 ft (40 m)
Landing distance:
98 ft (30 m)
Engine:
KFM
Fuel consumption:
3 GPH (11.4 LPH)