SITAR GY-90 Mowgli
civil utility aircraft
SITAR for homebuilding
The SITAR GY-90 Mowgli was a light aircraft designed in France in the late 1960s and marketed for homebuilding. Designer Yves Gardan intended it to be a smaller and simpler version of his Bagheera, a conventional low-wing, cantilever monoplane with fixed tricycle undercarriage and a fully enclosed cabin. However, although the Bagheera had seating for up to four people in 2+2 configuration, the Mowgli had no rear seat and could seat only two people, with space behind the seats for luggage. Like the Bagheera, construction was of metal throughout. The Mowgli was designed to use either a 67-kW (90-hp) or 75-kW (100-hp) Continental flat-4 engine.
The Mowgli was available in the form of plans and kits, and plans continued to be available even after SITAR closed in 1972. The first example was expected to fly in 1970.
Specifications (as designed, with 67-kW engine)
Data from Taylor 1971, p.78
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)
Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140 mph)
Range: 800 km (500 miles)
Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
^ 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
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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.
Aircraft designed by Yves Gardan