Famed British aircraft designer Ivan Shaw revealed his latest aircraft at the weekend’s LAA Rally – the ISA (Ivan Shaw Aircraft) 180 Seeker.
Shaw, designer of the Europa kitplane and Liberty XL2 certified trainer, says the Seeker is designed to meet his ideal personal aerial transport requirements.
It is a twin-boom pusher that will carry a pilot who is up to 6ft 5in tall, weighing 250 lb, plus a full-size folding bicycle, a tent and personal baggage, at a 180kt cruise.
The aircraft was on show at the Rally but has yet to fly. It is powered by the latest highly efficient Rotax 912 iS – at 180kt cruise it’s burning 17 litres/hour but at a more modest ‘super economy’ cruise of 120kt that reduces to just 7 litres/hour.
- Advanced aerodynamics
- Light weight carbon fibre pre-preg composite structures
- Wings that can be folded by one person in one minute using an electronically operated key fob and electric ‘shoot bolts’
- Garmin EFIS, avionics and two-axis autopilot
- Retractable undercarriage that rugged enough for grass field operations
- Small diameter three-blade prop
- Engine silencer
- Wingspan 5.8m
- Wing area 6.76sq m
- Length 5.2m
- Electrically operated flaperons
- Empty weight 260kg
- Max weight 450kg
- Useful load 188kg
- All flying tailplane
- Cabin width 26in
- Vne 220kt
- Stall speed (landing configuration) 53kt
- Max cruise @8000ft, 75% power 196ktas
- Fuel capacity and max range (standard tanks) 70 litres/1500 miles.