The Scalewings SW-51 Evolves


With a serial number of 007, the graphics created themselves.

Scalewings Aircraft (based in Germany) has ben busy since we got a chance to fly their first production kit aircraft last fall, and they brought their latest aircraft, serial number “007,”  to AirVenture to show it off. The evolution of the design is evident—the same basic airframe, with lots of little enhancements that are targeted to improve the overall experience of flying this beautiful 70% scale Mustang replica. The aircraft is powered by Rotax, so it is not a fire breathing race plane, but as we discovered when we flew it last, it is a clearly in the RV-4 class of airplanes in terms of handling and performance—and that is a pretty elite class!

The front seat now features cleaned up systems and controls, plus a Garmin G3X IFIS. The red T-handles are for emergency gear deployment.
The rear seater also gets a G3X Touch screen along with full dual controls (including parachute deployment).
The canopy mechanism has ben re-designed for simplicity, strength,a nd ease of operation.

Improvements include a complete cockpit make-over, sorting out and organizing switches and instrumentation, using a G3X Touch EFIS, and upgrading cockpit accoutrements as well as improving the canopy mechanism. They have also added little luxuries, like a taxi camera in the signature Mustang belly scoop that allows you to see straight ahead and note where your main gear are rolling. They have also added lights in the gun ports for taxiing, landing, and simulating gun flashes when you simply must bounce your friend in the traffic pattern.

The tailwheel now locks and unlocks with a knob instead of forward stick movement.
Circuit breakers have ben organized for the front cockpit.

The plane was shipped to the U.S. in time for the show, and will be traveling the country to show it off in the next several months before being finally delivered to its new owner. Currently licensed overseas, the company is working on the details of the kit to make it fit into the 51% rule for U.S. E/AB licensing.

Photos: Louise Hose.

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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