The Texan is e two seat ultra-light plane. As a true three-axis Iow wing aircraft, it has been designed to get maximum performance when compared to the more traditional aircraft designs. WIth its high aerodynamic efficiency the Texan is a master at short takeoff and landing runs, rapid climbs and fast cruises with modest fuel consumptions. A unique feature at the Texan design is the elevated level of flight comfort for the pilot and passenger alike. With excellent views, extra cabin space and the very low noise level inside the cockpit, occupants can now enjoy comforts usually found only in commercial aircraft.
To strengthen the high value of this project, the aircraft is also very easy to fly, with optimum control even at low speed. Our engineers have designed the Texan to give the owner a durable and low maintenance plane for the life of the aircraft. When it comes to crash safety the Texan has a re-enforced structure ensuring the strongest possible fuselage. The windshield also has a roll over protection bar further increasing occupant safety.
The wing is of the rectangular type, utilizing a dihedral angle. Wing profile is laminar and features separate flaps that work independently to the ailerons. Both flaps and ailerons are integrated into the profile of the wing. This configuration allows a wide range of low resistance control due to the wake of the airflow permitted by the utilization of both these features. Each half-wing is constructed using high tech composite materials. In fact the internal wing structure is made with carbon fiber resin and honeycomb sheets with the advantages being reliability, structural strength and lightness. The ailerons and the flags are of the fully composite type. The linkages and their relative hinges are fixed directly to the fiber matrix. Every aileron is hinged on a support fixed to the wing and the movement is directly braked and balanced by counterweights that also prevent the primer fluttering.
The fuselage is integrally constructed in carbon fibers and honeycomb. Five rims further strengthen the self-supporting structure. The rims guarantee the rigidity of the fuselage system. This main rim crosses the whole cabin and supports the tail boom and all the forces acting on it. The front zone of the fuselage is delimited by the firewall: made from high temperature resistant fiber the firewall is made very strohg to accommodate the engine mounts and associated bolts. The roof of the cockpit is entirely free and is closed by a Plexiglas canopy that is opened and closed by sliding back and forth. The fuselage supporting the landing gear frame is specially strengthened to absorb vibrations, shocks and bumps that may be experienced during rough take-offs and landings.
The two seats are made from a composite matrix structure. Fastened directly to the fuselage frame through screws, each seat is adjustable and upholstered in a soft fabric material or optionally available in alcantara. Both safety seat belts are securely fastened directly to the structure of the fuselage through bolts.
The landing gear is a retractable tricycle type. The retractions is made through an electro-pneumatic system utilising a compressor and two actuators. One actuator moves the nose landing gear leg (retraction inside the fuselage lower area), and the other moves together the two main landing gear legs (retraction inside the wings lower area). The main gear has been fixed to the fuselage through an internal carbon support frame with the hinges for the movement of legs.
Each leg is built in Fiberglass composite material to ensure optimal shock absorbing effect during takeoff and landing. Main wheels and brakes are the same as the fixed tricycle type.
The front gear is the same as the fixed tricycle type, but fixed to the lower fuselage frame through an internal carbon support frame and hinged for the movement of the legs. The steering system is the same as the fixed tricycle type controlled from the rudder pedals.