IPE close to concluding two-seater certification



Brazilian manufacturer targets sports and training markets for short take-off aircraft

IPE Aircraft (formerly Instituto Paranaense de Estruturas) is concluding certification trials of the IPE-06A short take-off and landing light aircraft, which had its first flight in May last year. Based in Curitiba in southern Brazil, IPE Aircraft developed the IPE-06A in partnership with US investors. With production scheduled to start next year, short-range plans forecast a monthly production rate of four aircraft by mid-2006.
With reinforced glassfibre covering a steel tube truss and wood fuselage and wing frames, the prototype flew with a ll5hp (85kW) Lycoming 0-235-C engine. Customers may also select the higher-rated l8Ohp 0-360-A power plant.
João Carlos Boscardin, IPE Aircraft chief executive, says the IPE-06A is aimed at domestic and inter¬national sports and training markets. Brazil’s civil aviation agency — which sponsors nearly 100 of the country’s flying clubs — is seeking an affordable trainer and sports aircraft with low costs.
Boscardin says that because of its 1,200km (6SOnm) range, 97kt (l8Okm/h) cruising speed and shoulder-mounted wing, IPE Aircraft believes that the IPE-06A is well suited to perform environmental surveillance duties with local state and federal environmental protection agencies.
Despite strong local applica¬tions, Boscardin believes that the USA has the potential to be the leading market for the aircraft, which has a maximum take-off weight of 800kg (1,7621b).