ARV Super2

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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. Jane's Information Group. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.

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...
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