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ARV Super 2

Island Aircraft ARV Super 2



Richard Nobles design team aimed for an aircraft that was inexpensive to fly and buy; have two seats; should have an all-metal airframe; and be available as either factory assembled or as a simply assembled kit.

The engine, custom-designed by Mike Hewland, is an inverted, inline three cylinder, 77 hp, water-cooled engine weighs in at 120 lbs with a 14 lb radiator located under the fuselage behind the cabin. It featured electronic ignition. The aircraft has been approved to United States FAR Part 23 requirements.

The engine burns a two stroke mixture on a 40-1 ratio although testing has provided satisfactory performance throughout a range of 20-1 to 95-1. Fuel burn is around three gallons an hour, either an avgas or mogas mix with oil.

The prototype, G-OARV, made its first flight on 1lth March 1985 and was followed into the air by the second aircraft on 12th November. The fourth (004) was delivered in kit form to L.Wensley of Lincoln.

The Super 2 was later developed into the Swedish, certificated, Opus 280 by ASL Hagfors.

The Super 2 later became the Island Aircraft ARV-1 Super 2, then the Aviation Scotland ARV-1 Super2.

Highlander Aircraft Corp offered Highlander two-seat monoplane in kit form circa 1997.

ARV Super 2
Engine: Hewland AE75, 77 hp
Length: 18.045 ft / 5.5 m
Height: 7.546 ft / 2.3 m
Wingspan: 28.543 ft / 8.7 m
Wing area: 92.57 sq.ft / 8.6 sq.m
Max take off weight: 1102.5 lb / 500.0 kg
Weight empty: 674.7 lb / 306.0 kg
Max. weight carried: 427.8 lb / 194.0 kg
Max. speed: 103 kt / 190 km/h
Landing speed: 48 kt / 88 km/h
Cruising speed: 86 kt / 160 km/h
Initial climb rate: 590.55 ft/min / 3.00 m/s
Service ceiling: 13123 ft / 4000 m
Wing load: 11.89 lb/sq.ft / 58.0 kg/sq.m
Range: 367 nm / 680 km
Crew: 2

Engine: MWAE AE100R (100hp 2 rotor Wankel).
Max speed: 98 kts.
Cruise: 84 kts.

Highlander Aircraft Highlander
Engine: Rotax 912, 80 hp.
Speed max: 145 mph.
Cruise: 125 mph.
Range: 530 sm.
Stall: 50 mph.
ROC: 800 fpm.
Take-off dist: 600 ft.
Landing dist: 700 ft.
Service ceiling: 10,000 ft.
Fuel cap: 20 USG.
Weight empty: 715 lbs.
Gross: 1165 lbs.
Height: 10 ft.
Length: 18 ft.
Wing span: 29.5 ft.
Wing area: 92.5 sq.ft.
Seats: 2.
Landing gear: nose wheel.



Back of an original sales brochure showing G-POOL – courtesy Martin Southwell










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