Monday, 16 May 2016

Homegrown Two Seat Homebuilt Aircraft of New Zealand (5) - Belworthy Figaro

At the same time as Evan Belworthy was working on his MOA, his dad Alan was working on his Figaro ZK-PUR (c/n BEL 7), that he registered on 27/6/00.  It was Alan and Evan's seventh aircraft.

After completing his Sorrell Guppy (ZK-JGK), Alan wanted a two seater to fly in comfort, so he combined a Pietenpol fuselage with a canopy mated to a modified Jodel D 18 wing to produce a very useful aircraft.  Its spring steel undercarriage is also an Alan Belworthy signature which makes for good ground handling and paddock operations.

It is powered by a Toyota Hilux 4Y petrol engine which burns 18 litres per hour and gives a cruise of 80 knots.  Its length is 5.7 metres (19 feet) and wingspan is 8.4 metres (28 feet).  MAUW is 459 Kg (1,012 pounds).

ZK-PUR is photo'd here at the 2001 SAANZ Flyin at Ashburton.

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