Air Est JCD 03 Pelican

The Air Est JCD 03 Pelican is a French mid-wing, twin tailed, flying wing single-seat motor glider that was designed by Jean-Claude Debreyer and produced by Air Est Services of Marly, Moselle and supplied as a kit for amateur construction or as a complete aircraft.[1]

JCD 03 Pelican
Role Motor glider
National origin France
Manufacturer Air Est Services
Designer Jean-Claude Debreyer
Status Production completed
Number built 1 (1998)
Developed from Fauvel AV.36

Design and development edit

The Pelican has an unconventional layout, based on the Fauvel AV.36, with a low aspect ratio wing, twin rudders mounted at mid-span and a pusher configuration Solo 210 engine mounted in the rear fuselage producing 9 kW (12 hp).[1][2]

The aircraft is constructed from fibreglass, with some surfaces fabric covered. The 7.2 m (23.6 ft) span wing is semi-tapered, tapering outside the rudders and employs a Fauvel F4 17% airfoil. The fuselage is just 2.00 m (6.6 ft) in length, making the aircraft very compact. The landing gear is monowheel gear, with a small tail wheel and outrigger wheels at midspan.[1][2]

With the Solo engine the take-off distance is 180 m (591 ft) and the landing distance 67 m (220 ft). Cruise speed is 93 km/h (58 mph). A variety of engines can be fitted.[1]

In 1998 a completed aircraft was US$12,950 and a kit was US$8,000. The kit did not include the engine, propeller or instruments. Construction time from the supplied kit was estimated at 300 hours. One example was reportedly completed and flying in 1998.[1]

Specifications (Pelican) edit

Data from Purdy and Bullard[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 2.00 m (6.55 ft)
  • Wingspan: 7.20 m (23.62 ft)
  • Airfoil: Fauvel F4 17%
  • Empty weight: 84 kg (185 lb)
  • Gross weight: 186 kg (410 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 11 litres (2.4 imp gal; 2.9 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Solo 210 , 8.9 kW (12 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 110 km/h (70 mph, 61 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 93 km/h (58 mph, 50 kn)
  • Stall speed: 45 km/h (28 mph, 24 kn)
  • Range: 350 km (220 mi, 190 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 3.3 m/s (650 ft/min)

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 303. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  2. ^ a b c Bullard, Douglas (2008). "Debreyer JCD-03 "Pélican"". Retrieved 7 September 2011.

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