Alisport Silent Club


Alisport Silent Club

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name=Silent Club


caption=A Silent Club towed by an Ultralight
type=DU class sailplane
national origin=Italy
manufacturer=Alisport
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The Silent Club is a single seater sailplane of Italian manufacture. It is of the FAI type DU Class glider. It is sold by Alisport ready-to-fly or kit-built as pure glider or self-launching glider.The self-launching version is fitted with a single-blade propeller belt-driven by a two-stroke engine.

Design and construction

*The fuselage is carbon and glass fiber composite with epoxy resin.
*The wings spans 12 meters without winglets.
*The flaperons stretch for 10.0 meters of the full wingspan.
*Schempp-Hirth-type spoilers extend on the upper wing surface only.
*Fixed or retractable main wheel behind the pilot, with shock absorber and drum brake activated via spoiler control lever aft travel.

afety and operational qualities

*The Silent Club has light ailerons, light elevator, along with a generous rudder. The roll rate is quick due to of the lively feel of the ailerons.
*Stall is predictable and recovery is quite simple. In level flight as airspeed is reduced when approaching the stall speed the sailplane vibrates a little, at this point decreasing the angle of attack results in airspeed increase and normal flight resume, from a climbing attitude the sailplane stall decisively, the nose pitch down gently and recovery is easy with stick forward.
*Spin entry is obvious and recovered with rudder and stick.

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empty weight kg=125
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gross weight lb=640
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glide ratio= 31 at 85 km/h (53 mph)
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ee also

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* Alisport Silent 2
* Alisport Silent 2 Targa
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References

*Silent Club Flight Manual
*http://www.alisport.com/eu/eng/alianti.htm
*http://www.faa.gov/library/manuals/aircraft/glider_handbook/media/faa-h-8083-13.pdf
*Soaring March 2005
*http://www.glidingmagazine.com/FeatureArticle.asp?id=368
*http://www.alisport.com/eu/images/img_news/Volaresett04/VOLARE_SETT04.htm


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