American Champion Decathlon. Specifications. A photo.
American Champion Decathlon. Specifications. A photo.

American Champion Decathlon. Specifications. A photo.


American Champion Decathlon - lightweight double American-made single-engine aircraft, manufactured by «American Champion Aircraft» to 1970 years.


American Champion Decathlon photo


Development of the aircraft American Champion Decathlon, also called 8KCAB Decathlon, were based on the model Aeronca C-2, priobrёtshey its popularity due to its low price and high quality indicators of operation. Nevertheless, in spite of some internal and external similarity, the aircraft is fundamentally different from a much earlier model, while, thanks to the strengthened fuselage, the plane can withstand high negative and positive overload, allowing in some ways to exploit it as a sport air vessel.

As the power plant on a plane American Champion Decathlon (the base version of the model number) used a four-cylinder piston aircraft engine Lycoming AEIO-320-E1B, capable of a thrust 112 hp and accelerates up to speed in 210 km \ h (the maximum speed of flight ).


Photo American Champion Decathlon


Most of the planes operated by American Champion Decathlon private owners for their own use, however, this model aircraft and flying school are also used in the preparation of future pilots.

On board the aircraft can accommodate only two persons, including also a pilot, which is one of the drawbacks of the aircraft. However, it is known that for all the time (according to 2015 year) was built about 6 thousand aircrafts of this model (including modifications), which in turn points to the fact that the aircraft is still acquired great popularity.


Cabin American Champion Decathlon


In addition to basic production version, the American aircraft manufacturers have carried out well and the release of the four modified versions, which differ both flight performance and design, both internal and external.

  • Bellanca Decathlon - An improved version of the aircraft with a number of minor changes;
  • Bellanca Decathlon CS - Modification equipped propeller rotating at a constant speed;
  • Bellanca Super Decathlon - Analogue version Bellanca Decathlon CS, equipped with a powerful power plant (180 hp) in the form of a piston engine four-cylinder Lycoming AEIO-360-H1A;
  • American Champion Xtreme - Modification of 2012 years, equipped with aircraft engine Lycoming AEIO-390-A1B6 capacity 180 hp Among other things, the construction and design of the aircraft were produced small changes, such as altered magnitude and profile of the wings.


Issue aircraft American Champion Decathlon and its main modifications continues at the present time.


Specifications American Champion Decathlon.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 1 people;
  • aircraft Length: 7 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 9,8 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 2,3 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 608 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 277 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 885 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 237 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 249 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 820 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 4820 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming AEIO-360-H1B (depending on version);
  • Power: 180 hp (Depending on version).


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