Hornet (206)

The successor to the Standard Libelle as a Standard class performance aircraft is the Hornet. A.Metzler carried out the first flight with the registration number D-9432 on December 21, 1974 in Saulgau. This prototype still differs significantly from the production aircraft because the wing is set high, like the Club Libelle. The prototype is registered today under D-9432 with WU on the tail and is now owned and enjoyed by Hanko and Christian Streifeneder.
The first aircraft from the production series carried the registration D-2399, where the canopy was then changed again because, like the Kestrel, the rear part of the two-part canopy is folded up.

The Hornet, with the company’s internal abbreviation 206, has the Club Libelle wing, the structure of which was reinforced because of the higher top speed and the possibility of holding 60 liters of water, which required an additional weight of 10 kg. The fuselage and tail are from the Standard Libelle 203 and can be found again on the Mosquito. The Hornet has the trailing edge brake flaps from the Club Libelle and the landing gear is retractable. For the first time there was a belly release as standard, but the nose release was an optional extra.
Compared to the standard Libelle, the flight performance and properties were improved, and the minimum speed with the brake flaps extended reduced to around 65 km/h, thereby significantly shortening the landing distance.

Wingspan                         15.00 m
Surface Area                    9.80 m²
Aspect Ratio                    22.96
Profile                               FX 66-17AII-182
Length                              6.40 m

Empty Weight                                  232 kg
Maximum Cockpit Weight             110 kg
Maximum Gross Weight                420 kg
Maximum Wing Loading               42.9 kg/m²

Maximum Speed                              250 km/h
Stall Speed                                         70 km/h

Minimum sink at  75 km/h              0.60 m/s
Best Glide at 97 km/h                      38