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FSX CertifiedThe Aeronca Ch&ion, more commonly known as the Ch&, is a single-engine, two-seat, fixed conventional gear airplane. Originally designed for flight training and personal use, it entered production in the United States in 1945

Built by Aeronca Aircraft Corporation, the Ch& first flew in 1944, having been designed in tandem with the 11AC Chief-the Ch& with tandem seating and joystick controls, and the Chief with side-by-side seating and yoke controls. The intention was to simplify production and control costs by building a pair of aircraft with a significant number of parts in common in fact, the two designs share between 70% and 80% of their parts. The tail surfaces, wings, landing gear, and firewall forward-engine, most accessories, and cowling-are common to both airplanes.

Selling for Ū,095, the Ch& outsold the Chief by an 8 to 1 margin. Engine upgrades in 1948 and 1949 resulted in the Models 7DC and 7EC. Between 1945 and 1950, Aeronca was producing 50 light aircraft per day and by the time production ended in 1951, the company had sold more than 10,000 Ch&ions.

Aeronca ceased all production of light aircraft in 1951, and the Ch& design was sold in 1954 to Ch&ion Aircraft.

Like the Piper Cub with which it competed, the Ch& features tandem seating. While the JDž model of the Cub is soloed from the rear seat, the Ch& can be soloed from the front, giving improved forward visibility on the ground and during takeoffs, landings, and climbs. The Ch& has a wider cabin than the Cub and offers better visibility generally.

General characteristics
Crew: one, pilot
Capacity: 1 passenger
Length: 21 ft 6 in (6.7 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft 2 in (10.7 m)
Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.3 m)
Wing area: 170 ft² (15.8 m²)
Empty weight: 740 lb (325 kg)
Maximum weight: 1,220 lb (533 kg)
Powerplant: Continental A65NJ, 65 hp (50 kW)

Performance
Maximum speed: 100 mph (160 km/h)
Cruise speed: 85 mph (137 km/h)
Fuel burn rate: 4.0-dž.5 gph
Range: 460 miles (740 km)
Stall speed: 38 mph (62 km/h)
Service ceiling: 12,400 ft (4,100 m)
Rate of climb: 370 ft/min (1.8 m/s)



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