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Renegade Spirit experimental
lightsport aircraft, amateur built aircraft.
As sweet as the original Renegade II was The Renegade Spirit
is even sweeter. The people at Murphy aircraft have
developed an inexpensive way of riveting an aluminum tubular
frame together to make a sturdy airplane with clean, antique
biplane looks, complete with a classical round cowl.
The rivet method is a lot sturdier than it sounds, and it
saves a lot of costly welding in the process. The Renegade
Spirit was introduced in 1985 and there are hundreds flying
It has an aluminum tube frame covered in conventional
Ad Code TwoHere
A biplane with tandem seating, open cockpit,
dual controls and conventional gear. It differs mostly from
the Renegade II due to the circular bump style cowl seen on
such birds as the Cessna 195, and the fact that it was
designed to use larger engines.
Renegade Spirit depends on the 65 hp Rotax 582 for power and
weighs 420 pounds empty. Gross weight is 950 pounds. The
bird stands 6'5" high and is 18.5 inches long and has a
wingspan of 21'3". Ailerons are attached to each set of
wings to produce an agile roll rate and the whole kit and
caboodle has 154 square feet of wing area. Optional engines
include the Rotax 912 80 horse power and the 912 S. 100 hp,
which turns this pussycat into a real tiger.
The Renegade Spirit cruises along at 80 mph
on the Rotax 582, climbs at 900 ft./m, and has a service
ceiling of 10,000 feet. Top speed of the beast is 105 mph,
and the 14 gallon tank is good for more than 298 miles of
The bird handles like a light weight,
Great Lakes, with its four ailerons offering an excellent
roll rate and great aerobatic shenanigans. The slow flight
envelope is very predictable and the spin characteristics
are a textbook exercise. This is an exceptional sweet bird for
aerobatics or cruising and can handle an unreal amount of
cross wind. Like the Renegade II, the bird is only available
as a taildragger. But take heart as it doesn't need much
ground to work with. It will take off in 100 feet and land in
The Renegade Spirit will take you 1000
hours to complete and can be built from plans.
Zoom report: this is the ultimate
in affordable sport aircraft. A sweet little flyer, The
Spirit halls to with aplomb, those great sport
aerobatics, handles rough fields without difficulty, and is
a pure delight to fly. One of my personal favorites.
Design engineering: A. this is a
strong word, I pulled over 5g's in it
Ground handling: A. surprisingly well mannered
Flight characteristics: A. + some of the most fun
flying, you can fly!
Plans for: B.
Bang for the Buck: A. serious good time airplane
Final Grade: A. I want one of these! Highly
experimental homebuilt lightsport aircraft
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