Thursday 18 June 2020

TechPro Merlin 100s (Only One) of New Zealand

We are getting near to the last new types of sport aircraft registered here in 2017:

The TechPro Merlin 100 is a single seat all aluminium personal sport aircraft from TechPro Aviation which is based in Olomouc in the Czech Republic.  It comes as a matched hole 51% kit that is claimed to be very quick to put together.  The prototype Merlin first flew in 2011 and the type seems to be quite successful.  It is an interesting concept to go the single seat way as the cost is much reduced and it is claimed that most private pilot flights are flown with only the pilot anyway.  Techpro also have a single seat low wing aircraft available called the Sportster.  The Merlin can be supplied as the more common tri-gear aircraft or as a taildragger.

Specifications for the Merlin 100 are:  length 5.2 metres (17 feet 1 inch), wingspan 7.94 metres (26 feet 1 inch) and the wing area is 77.5 square feet.  The empty weight is around 180 Kg (397 pounds) and the MAUW is 300 Kg (661 pounds).  Engines can vary but are around the 60 - 65 HP range such as the 2 stroke Rotax 582 or the 4 stroke HKS 700E.  With this power the cruise speed is around 100 mph (87 knots) while the stall speed with flaps is around 39 mph (33 knots).

We have had only one TechPro Merlin 100 in New Zealand to date:

ZK-MEF (c/n MV23) was registered to Alan Cameron of Mangawhai on 9/10/17.  It is a factory assembled aircraft that was assembled at Whangarei and test flown by Brian Taylor on 10/10/17.  It is powered by a HKS 700E 4 stroke engine which produces 60 HP and is Alan says it is very nice to fly.  It is photo'd above at Dargaville on 15/9/18 where you can see the single cockpit entrance on the starboard side.

Here it is at Dargaville again on 8/2/20 as Alan prepares to leave for his home airstrip at Mangawai.

On take off where you can see the narrow single seat body.

Followed by an impressive climb out.

If you would like to own this Merlin it is for sale on Trade Me.

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