The ARV Super2
is a British light aircraft
. Intended to be an affordable two-seat light trainer, it is a single-engined shoulder-wing monoplane. Around 35 aircraft were produced in the 1980s before the manufacturing companies became bankrupt. There are proposals to resume production, but no schedule yet.. Jane's.com
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Development and Aircraft History
After breaking the world land speed record
in 1983, the UK entrepreneur Richard Noble
, spotted a gap in the market for a low-cost light two-seat trainer, after expensive product-liability lawsuits in the United States had temporarily driven the major American manufacturers to abandon production of such aircraft. Noble set up a factory at Sandown
on the Isle of Wight
to build the aircraft, named the ARV Super2
, the first prototype flying on 11 March 1985. Noble's company planned to use advanced manufacturing techniques, including Superplastically
formed aluminium, and a novel three-cylinder water-cooled two-stroke engine. These innovations meant that the ARV would have an empty weight 40% lower than the Cessna 150
, making the Super2 cheap to buy and economical to operate.
The Super2 gained Airworthiness
certification in July 1986, and entered full... Read More