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Champion

P.A.C.

      The Champ! During the late 1920′s, the Aeronautical Corporation of America introduced small 30 and 40 hp two seater airplanes that folks could afford to buy and fly as the nation entered the Great Depression. The bathtub-shaped C-2 and C-3 were called Aeroncas, an acronym for the company name. Like the Cub and the Cessna 140, thousands of pilots did their first solo in this simple and sturdy tandem seat design. More than 11,000 were built to serve demand for GI Bill trainers after WWII. The Champ continues today as a fun to fly personal aircraft that won’t Inverted!break the bank to buy or operate. Over the years, ownership of the design evolved first to Champion Aircraft, where it picked up the Champion trade name, (“Champ” for short), and then to Bellanca, and finally to the present owners and producers of the marque, American Champion Aircraft Corporation, of Rochester, Wisconsin. Along the way various configurations evolved with new names like Citabria (“airbatic” spelled backward…), Scout, Decathlon, Explorer, Adventurer and Aurora.

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ScoutWhile the “8″ series (Scout’s and Decathlons) are built under a new part 23 certification, the “7″ series (Citabrias) have evolved on amendments to the original typeUpside down! certificate. What is it about this design that helps it endure in the face of the latest sleek and fast state-of-the-art composite wonders? A big part of that question is answered by the fact that so many Champs are owned by professional airline pilots. When you fly a Champ, you know you are flying an airplane, not a computer with wings. There’s a certain magic about the classic design, your close proximity to the environment, and the unmistakable sound and feel of fabric covered wings that simply makes you feel happy every minute you’re in the air in a Champ. The tandem design is flown from the front seat. Visibility right and left is obviously unparalleled by any other design. The huge skylight allows rearward visibility and really helps you keep track of traffic in turns. The roomy, high mounted pilot seat, and new low cowling afford forward visibility that lets you eliminate the “S” turns needed to taxi other tail Building the wingdraggers. Building the wingPerhaps the most comforting aspect of these planes is the very fact that the design has evolved over sixty-odd years. It has been proven, refined, and yes, perfected. It is a stronger, better built, better handling aircraft because of the generations of refinement. The family owned company that produces the Champ today is your assurance that the planes are built right, and not under the pressure of corporate cost/profit/production projections. Of course technology has helped to make the Champ a better airplane: wood fuselage components are now laser cut, resulting in extraordinarily consistent fit and finish. Wooden spars have been replaced by lighter, stonger metal spars. The fabric used is strategically reinforced Ceconite, and should last 10-20 years (depending on whether the plane is hangared or not.) The metal main structure is now powder coated for added durability. The list goes on, but the essence of the plane remains.

 

Model: The “Champ” - 7EC Citabria Aurora - 7ECA Citabria Adventure-7GCAA Citabria Explorer - 7GCBC Super Decathlon - 8KCAB The Scout - 8GCBC
Base Price: $124,500 $117,000 $187,000 $193,000 $224,500 $225,900 Base Price:
Horse Power: 100 118 160 (Optional 180) 160 (Optional 180) 180 180 Horse Power:
Propeller: Fixed Pitch Fixed Pitch Fixed Pitch Fixed Pitch Constant Speed Constant Speed Propeller:
Gross Weight: 1320 lbs. 1750 lbs. 1750 lbs. 1800 lbs. (Optional 1950 lbs.) 1950 lbs. (1800 lbs. Acro) 2150 lbs. Gross Weight:
Flaps: No No No Yes No Yes Flaps:
Acrobatic: Spins Limited Limited Limited Fully None Acrobatic:

Aurora Price List | Adventure Price List | Champ Price List/Explorer Price List | Decathlon Price List | Scout Price List

Aurora Specs | Adventure Specs |Champ Specs/ Explorer Specs | Decathlon Specs | Scout Specs

Panel With five configurations to choose from, there is a Champ for almost everyone in the market for a personal aircraft. The economical 118hp Aurora makes the perfect “low and slow”sightseeing/beginner training platform. The fully aerobatic Super Decathlon is even approved for 2 minute duration inverted flight (thanks to a 5 gallon feeder fuel tank under the pilot seat). All models have very respectable cruise range, so the occasional cross-country trip is certainly within the realm of do-ability. Full IFR instrumentation packages are also available!

Visit the American Champion Photo Gallery! View thirty great photos of this this fabulous little bird!

ExplorerShort, undeveloped runways are a cinch with the Champ’s wide stance and sturdy new spring steel landing gear. Interior comfort has always been good and roomy, and can be further enhanced with options like plush interior, rear cabin heater and more. Fit and finish are excellent, as should be expected in a plane that has sixty years of refinement history. Layout is likewise logical and convenient. Anyone considering the purchase of a light two seater to pursue his or her sheer love of flying deserves a closer look at the offerings from American Champion Aircraft. Contact the company online for more information, and a test flight soon! ScoutQuestions? Comments? Contact P.A.C. by email: ken@princetonairport.com Princeton Airport 41 Airpark Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 Telephone: (609) 921-3100, Fax: (609) 683-1015 Ken’s Cell Phone – 609-731-4628