The Monnett Monerai is a sailplane that was developed in the United States in the late 1970s for homebuilding. It is a conventional pod-and-boom design with a V-tail and a mid-mounted cantilever wing of constant chord.
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Monnett Experimental Aircraft|
|Number built||100 by January 1984 from 375 kits sold.|
The kit assembles in approximately 600 hours. It has bonded wing skins and incorporates 90° flaps for glide path control. The pod-and-boom fuselage consists of a welded steel tube truss encased in a fiberglass shell, with an aluminum tube for the tailboom. A spar fitting modification was released in 1983.
A powered version was designed as the Monerai P with an engine mounted on a pylon above the wings. A Sachs Rotary Engine was chosen for the prototype. A version with extended wing tips is also available (Monerai Max) which increases the span to 12 m (39 ft) and raises the glide ratio from 28:1 to more than 30:1.
Both the powered Monerai P and the unpowered Monerai S versions are identical structurally.
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Specifications (Monerai S)Edit
- Crew: One pilot
- Length: 19 ft 7 in (5.97 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
- Height: 4 ft 4 in (1.32 m)
- Wing area: 78 sq ft (7.25 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 16.6:1
- Empty weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
- Gross weight: 450 lb (204 kg)
- Maximum speed: 120 mph (193 km/h, 100 kn)
- Maximum glide ratio: 28:1 at 60mph
- Rate of sink: 167 ft/min (0.85 m/s) at 55 mph: 167
- Moll, Nigel; Comstock, Bryan (May 1983). "Monerai Service Bulletin". Reporting Points. Flying. Vol. 110 no. 5. Ziff Davis. p. 12. ISSN 0015-4806. Retrieved 15 August 2016 – via Google Books.
- John Monnett (Oct 1977). "Try a new flavor... the Monerai". Sport Aviation.
- Said, Bob: 1983 Sailplane Directory, Soaring Magazine, page 123. Soaring Society of America, November 1983. USPS 499-920
- US Southwest Soaring Museum (2010). "Sailplanes, Hang Gliders & Motor Gliders". Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1985-86. p. 756.
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