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One Design DR-7

The Rihn DR-107 One Design is an American aerobatic homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Dan Rihn and first flown in 1993. The aircraft is supplied by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty of Corona, California in the form of plans and a materials kit for amateur construction.

The DR-107 was designed as a low-cost one design aircraft for competition and sport basic to advanced aerobatics, including International Aerobatic Club Class One competitions. For this role it is stressed to +/-10g.

The DR-107 is a monoplane that features a cantilever mid-wing, a single-seat enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear with wheel pants and a single engine in tractor configuration.

The aircraft is predominantly made from wood, with some steel parts and doped aircraft fabric. Its 19.50 ft (5.9 m) span wing employs a Wainfan 16% symmetrical airfoil and has a wing area of 75.55 sq ft (7.019 m2). The wing has almost full-span ailerons that produce rolls of 360° per second. The wing has no flaps. Other features include a low-mounted cable-braced tailplane and a 24 in (61.0 cm) wide cockpit.

The DR-107 can accept engines of 160 to 180 hp (119 to 134 kW). The standard engines used are the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360, modified with high compression pistons, an inverted oil system and fuel injection or the 160 hp (119 kW) Lycoming AEIO-320 powerplant.

The aircraft has an empty weight of 740 lb (340 kg) and a gross weight of 1,150 lb (520 kg), giving a useful load of 410 lb (190 kg). With full fuel of 19 U.S. gallons (72 L; 16 imp gal) the payload is 296 lb (134 kg).

The designer estimates the construction time from the supplied materials kit as 2000 hours.

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