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The Carat was designed as a motor glider which combines the Schempp-Hirth Discus sailplane wings with a newly designed fuselage . The gear is retractable and folds under the engine cowl and the front fuselage sides. The landing gear is operated by an electric-hydraulic unit. The engine is the Sauer VW based engine, driving a forward folding prop for excellent soaring characteristics and very good performance. The engine is covered in by a very well designed and built cowl. This, of course, will have its benefit for its' soaring ability. The glide rate is 35:1 and it is designed for semi-aerobatic purposes. The Carat is now in production by AMS.
The Carat can easily be assembled, like a normal glider from its trailer by the aid of small carrying fixtures.
The wing is set onto the fuselage as a low as possible. The pilot sits over the wing with the wing spar passing right beneath the knees of the pilot.
Carat 3-view (more available in attached files on this page)
Photos: Joachim Ewald
Hans Jürgen Fischer
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