Features & Benefits

R40S and R40S-GC

Our lower cost airplane is the other guy’s most expensive airplane
And, you will not find a better built Light Sport Aircraft

The wing has three all-metal, cantilever constructed spars providing maximum strength at a lower weight with structural redundancy. The wing is also aerodynamically efficient. The NACA 4415 airfoil (same as used on the Aeronca Champ and other great aircraft) provides excellent flight characteristics throughout the speed range of the plane, contributing to excellent stability and handling at low speeds.

Flaps have 0, 15, and 30 degree manually actuated settings. Ailerons are “Frise type” and are generously sized to provide good roll authority.   Each wing has an integral fuel tank with capacitive;(not mechanical) fuel level probes. The fuel capacity is 22 gallons.

The fuselage and tail are of all-metal construction, made from 6061 aluminum skins.  The elevator is dynamically balanced and includes a cockpit controlled trim tab. The vertical fin is also full aluminum with a dynamically balanced rudder.

All aircraft aluminum skins are anodized by immersion on all faces.  Due to this process, the aluminum skins have outstanding corrosion protection in hostel climate areas, plus providing a long life aircraft investment.

Seven contoured bulkheads skinned in aluminum sheet metal all tied together with stringers and cross section tubing provides incredible strength.

The engine mounts are welded 4130 Chromalloy Steel to support the Rotax 912s 100 hp engine.  Note the four heavy duty lord-mount receptacles and cross-bracing on the firewall front and back makes for an extremely strong engine compartment and occupant safety.


R40S Festival
With optional wave decal treatment & white paint color

The cockpit is 43″ inches wide, heated and ventilated. Strong structural roll over protection is provided for the occupants. Comfortable upholstered seats are adjustable fore and aft, rapidly accommodating pilots of all sizes. Each seat with 3 point seat belts.  Generous behind the seats storage area to carry all travel needs.

The canopy tilts up and back, allowing easy access to the cockpit. Tall pilots welcome. The canopy can be left open during taxiing. The cockpit can be entered from both sides utilizing wing walk areas provided on the top of each wings. Pilot and passenger step into and on the cockpit floor to enter, not on the seat as required in other low wing aircraft.

The panel:  Dynon SkyView advanced technology systems with ten and seven inch high definition screens. A full complement of flight, communications and engine instrumentation is provided; all located for easy accessibility and usage. The center forward console houses the throttle, engine choke and carburetor heat levers all easily manipulated by the pilot co-pilot or flight instructor.  Flight schools looking for a technically advanced trainer, the Festival R40S-GC is it.

The flight controls are standard stick type. Stick grips feature multi-function control buttons. Engine throttle controls activated thru synchronized bowden cables. Torque tubes control the flaps, ailerons and elevator while stainless steel cables control the rudder.  Rudder controls also steer the nose wheel thru push-pull rods. Pitch trim is activated through an electrically controlled trim tab. All push-pull rods have spherical bearings at both ends to minimize friction and play. Brakes are toe operated for both pilot and co-pilot.

The landing gear is tricycle-type, with 5.00-5 tires. Matco hydraulic disc brakes and ramp parking brake are standard on the heavy duty main leaf spring gear legs. The steerable nose wheel employs a unique rubber shock absorber system. The design of the nose gear together with the strong main gear enables the plane to efficiently absorb runway shocks; grass strips are a specialty of the Festival.

Rotax Engine Power.  The de facto standard engine used in Light Sport Aircraft.  Just about bullet proof.  100 horse power, 2,000 hour TBO.  Uses 100 LL aviation or premium auto fuel.  Smooth quiet power turning a composite three blade propeller.  4-cylinder, 4-stroke with automatic hydraulic valve lifters.  Integrated alternator electrical system. Electronic dual ignition.  Propeller speed reduction unit. Liquid and air cooled.  Mechanical and electric fuel pumps.

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