The American Champion Super Decathlon is East Coast Aero Club’s Aerobatic and Tailwheel trainer.
The airplane is a two-place, high wing, single engine airplane equipped with conventional landing gear, and a metal frame with fabric coverings.
The Super Decathlon is fully capable of aerobatic flight. The airplane is rated for loading between +6g and -5g. See the airplane’s P.O.H. for all approved maneuvers. The airplane is approved for day and night VFR operations when equipped in accordance with F.A.R. 91 or F.A.R 135.
The aircraft is powered by a Lycoming AEIO-360-H1A engine and is rated at 180 horsepower (130kW) with a 3 blade constant speed MT Prop. It is a four-cylinder, normally aspirated, direct drive, air cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel injected engine.
Fuel is stored in two 20-gallon fuel tanks totaling 39 gallons of usable fuel. The fuel system incorporates a 1.5 gallon header tank beneath the instrument panel, with a Christen Industries inverted oil system.
|Carbureted Or Fuel Injected||Fuel Injected|
|Fixed Pitch/ Constant Speed Propeller||Fixed Pitch|
|Fuel Capacity||39 gallons|
|Min. Octane Fuel||100|
|Avg. Fuel Burn at 75% power in standard conditions per hour||9.5 gallons|
|Weights and Capacities:|
|Takeoff/Landing Weight Normal Category||1950 lbs.|
|Takeoff/Landing Weight Utility Category||1850 lbs|
|Standard Empty Weight||1340 lbs.|
|Max. Useful Load Normal Category||610 lbs.|
|Max. Useful Load Aerobatic||460 lbs.|
|Oil Capacity||10 quarts|
|Do Not Exceed Speed||200 MPH|
|Max. Structural Cruising Speed||160 MPH|
|Stall Speed Clean||53 MPH|
|Stall Speed Landing Configuration||56 KIAS|
|Climb Best Rate||1280 FPM|
|Wing Loading||10.64lb./sq. ft.|
|Power Loading||10.0 lbs./hp|
|Service Ceiling||15,800 ft.|
|Max Inverted Flight Time||2 min.|