Description of the Aircraft
The aircraft has a traditional configuration, with engine at the nose, a nose wheel, fuselage made of glass fiber or ‘sandwich monocoque‘, produced with a technology unique in Europe.
This mode of construction ensures maximum rigidity in all directions of loading with the minimum specific weight. The surface finish provides an ideal smoothness, there is no corrosion of decay, which occur in case of other structural materials, such as metal or wood. The tensile strength of the high modulus carbon fibers used at several places is higher than that of steel, while it weights less than aluminum.
All the components of the fuselage are made in templates. The main landing gear leg also has a fiber-composite structure.
The cantilever wing is arranged at a low position and consists of two parts (left and right wing). The wings are monocoque structures having one main spar and auxiliary spars. The shell also participates in taking up the load. The required torsional rigidity is ensured by the shell of the wing. Frise ailerons are mounted on the installed ribs, together with the slotted flap. The wing has a trapezoid shape. The fuel tanks are installed in the wings in front of the main spars close to the wing root.
What Are Pure Monocoque Structures?
Pure monocoque structures are used also for the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, as well as for the elevator, rudder and flaps. The flaps can be extended back slightly. The control of the ailerons, elevator and flap is made with the help of push-rods and torque tubes. The rudder is operated with a double push-pull wire rope.
Aircraft Adjustments & Controls
The nose wheel can be steered with foot pedal. Both seats are provided with straps, that are fixed at four points. The position of the sears can be adjusted relative to the pedals. The aircraft can be controlled from both seats. There is a console between the seats, where various controls are located, such as the throttle lever, electronic control of flap, electric operated rubber trim, together with various switches and fuses necessary for the flight.
The hydraulic cylinders of the differential brakes (right and left wheel can be braked separately) can be operated by tilting the foot pedals. The large raindrop-shaped cabin top can be opened upward from the back. The operation can be made manually, but optionally the aircraft can be delivered with remote controlled electric top as well.
The vertical stabilizer is joined to the tail of the fuselage forming a composite unit.
The aircraft has an efficiently streamlined shape, it is stable in static and dynamic terms alike, and it is easy to control. The maximum horizontal speed if 300 km/hr, which ensures a cruise speed of 180-250 km/hr. At the same time, the aircraft is very safe, stable and easy to control at low speed. The minimum speed is as low as 64 km/hr even with the maximum load, which is ensured by the large flaps that are slotted and can be extended backward slightly.
As a result of the short take off and landing distances, the aircraft can be used in domestic grass covered airfields as well as at other not public takeoff and landing locations.
Where Can The Aircraft Be Stored?
Corvus Corone can be stored in a garage in disassembled condition. The wing and the horizontal stabilized can be easily dismantled from the fuselage. The controls of the aileron, elevator and the flaps can be easily disconnected when disassembling the aircraft. Transport of the aircraft can be accomplished on road with special transport vehicle or even with trailers towed with cars.
It can be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily at the airfield or other location suitable for take off and landing. Three persons are enough to complete assembling and disassembling. No permanent airfield is necessary for the operation of the aircraft.
The standards instruments include the engine control instruments and the aviation instruments. Optional instrumentation can also be selected. Two liquid crystal on-board computers can also be installed in the large instrument panel. The owner of the aircraft can decide the type of ‘instrumentation‘ to be installed. The flight parameters depend largely on the propeller. We recommend a type of propeller which can be adjusted during the flight.