English name: Impostor
TYPE: Tandem-seat ultralight kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: Derivative of Richter Delta Dart. Construction of prototype began in August 1993; this (ZU-AND; initially registered as Delta Dart) first flew on 11 September 1994; work on first production aircraft began in May 1996. Design refinement work undertaken by Pretoria University. South African ultralight certification 23 June 1997. On 3 November 2001, ZU-AND was damaged beyond repair following a forced landing and recovery the following day.
CURRENT VERSIONS: Bateleur 100: Baseline kit version powered by 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) Rotax 912 ULS.
Bateleur 115T: Higher-powered version, as described.
VLA: Higher-weight version for VLA category. Engine 97 to 112 kW (130 to 150 hp).
Sport: Intended for US Sport class; fixed landing gear; 560 kg (1,234 lb) MTOW.
COSTS: Bateleur 100 kit €78,800 (2003).
DESIGN FEATURES: Designed for ease of handling, manoeuvrability and quiet approach. Propeller and engine shielded for damage through positioning above the wing. Airframe life 25 years. Pusher layout with large, low-positioned delta wing, wingtip fins and close-coupled midships canard.
FLYING CONTROLS: Hydraulic. Ailerons; twin rudders (operating outwards only); elevators on wing. Electrically actuated flaps on canards also used for lateral trim.
STRUCTURE: Glass fibre, carbon fibre and Aromite.
LANDING GEAR: Retractable tricycle type; mainwheels retract inwards and nosewheel rearwards. Pneumatic actuation; emergency gravity deployment. Mainwheel tyres size 41 cm (16 in), nosewheel tyres size 33 cm (13 in). Hydraulic disc brakes.
POWER PLANT: One 84.6 kW (113.4 hp) Rotax 914S turbocharged engine, driving Rospeller three-blade variable-pitch propeller. Fuel capacity 76 litres (20.1 US gallons; 16.7 Imp gallons) of which 74 litres (19.5 US gallons; 16.3 Imp gallons) are usable. Additional, optional 35 litre (9.2 US gallon; 7.7 Imp gallon) long-range tank between wheel wells. Oil capacity 4.0 litres (1.1 US gallons; 0.9 Imp gallon).
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and passenger in separate tandem cockpits with dual controls. Pilot's canopy opens forward; that of passenger sideways. Baggage compartment behind passenger seat.
SYSTEMS: 8 bar (116 lb/sq in) pneumatic system operates landing gear and canopy. 12 V 25 Ah battery.
EQUIPMENT: Optional ballistic parachute.