SITAR GY-90 Mowgli

GY-90 Mowgli

Role
civil utility aircraft

National origin
France

Manufacturer
SITAR for homebuilding

Designer
Yves Gardan

The SITAR GY-90 Mowgli[1] was a light aircraft designed in France in the late 1960s and marketed for homebuilding.[2][3][4] Designer Yves Gardan intended it to be a smaller and simpler version of his Bagheera,[2][3][4] a conventional low-wing, cantilever monoplane with fixed tricycle undercarriage and a fully enclosed cabin.[2][3] However, although the Bagheera had seating for up to four people in 2+2 configuration,[2] the Mowgli had no rear seat and could seat only two people, with space behind the seats for luggage.[2][3][4] Like the Bagheera, construction was of metal throughout.[2] The Mowgli was designed to use either a 67-kW (90-hp) or 75-kW (100-hp) Continental flat-4 engine.[2]
The Mowgli was available in the form of plans and kits,[3][4] and plans continued to be available even after SITAR closed in 1972.[5] The first example was expected to fly in 1970.[2]

Specifications (as designed, with 67-kW engine)[edit]
Data from Taylor 1971, p.78
General characteristics

Crew: 1 pilot
Capacity: 1 passenger
Wingspan: 7.20 m (23 ft 8 in)
Wing area: 10.0 m2 (107.6 ft2)
Empty weight: 380 kg (840 lb)
Gross weight: 630 kg (1,390 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Continental flat-4 engine, 67 kW (90 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140 mph)
Range: 800 km (500 miles)
Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)

Notes[edit]

^ SITAR marketed three designs: the Bagheera, the Mowgli, and the Sher Khan. The GY-100 Bagheera was named after Bagheera, a character in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, p.2857). Mowgli and Sher Khan are characters in the same book.
^ a b c d e f g h Taylor 1971, p.78
^ a b c d e The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, p.2857
^ a b c d Taylor 1989, p.825
^ Gunston 1993, p.282

References[edit]

Gunston, Bill (1993). World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. 
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing. 
Taylor, John W.R. (1971). Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft 1971–72. London: Jane’s Yearbooks. 
Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane’s Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 

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SITAR aircraft

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Aircraft designed by Yves Gardan

S.90
S.1000
S.1100
GY-20
GY-30
GY-80
GY-90
GY-100
GY-110
GY-120

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