HPH 304TS Twin Shark

Why build a new double-seater?

Why did we decide to build a new double-seater from the scratch? There are already several performing models on the market. Nevertheless, we believe that no one really thought of a double-seater as of a competition-ready, high-performance sailplane model. That is exactly what we had in mind, when we started to think of a double-seater as appealing and performing as a single-seat glider. Our Twin Shark has not only the performance to fly in the FAI double-seater 20m-class, it also is as comfortable to sit in and to fly as any single-seater from our factory – whichsoever of the both seats you prefer.

Calculated performance leads the 20m flapped class

The aerodynamic performance of our Twin Shark is the result of extensive aerodynamic studies and wind-tunnel tests. It builds on the experience gained in our Shark family. A wing area of 15.38 plus an aspect ratio of 26.5 deliver class-leading performance, and advanced manufacturing techniques provide wing-loadings as low as 36kg/m2. At 800 kg maximum load, the loading is 52 kg/m2. An optimal curved leading edge and Shark winglets are maintained through high-end CNC techniques. Further performance is gained through the reflex-negative winglets on the tailplane which mimic a »shark« silhouette.

Class-leading cockpit environment

The spacious cockpit easily accomodates tall pilots, and those of generous build. A single-piece, side-opening canopy and extended reflex over the wing deliver outstanding visibility for both pilots. The key cockpit features which made the Shark cockpit popular have been maintained in the Twin Shark. Additionally, a cockpit ventilation system, in addition to the canopy vent keeps temperatures comfortable. This is where you enjoy staying for hours – make it a comfortable experience!

  1. 20 m flapped high performance
  2. MAUW 800 kg
  3. VNE 148 kts
  4. Best L/D 49:1 @ 69 kts
  5. Empty Weight 1058 lbs

Twin Shark 304 MTS – the Powerful Selflauncher

If you need a powerful Selflauncher you’ll go for the proven Binder 2625-02 engine system based on the Solo motor which provides 62 hp.

The 19-litre fuselage tank capacity can be supplemented with wing-tanks for range extension. Both motor extension and starter are operated by Lithium Manganese batteries which offer substantial weight saving capability.

For a high reliability industry-standard components are implemented in our Twin Shark. It also comes with an Ilec engine control system that is easy and safe in handling.

Twin Shark 304 JTS – the Efficient Jet Sustainer

Our single-seated Shark 304SJ has demonstrated the advantages of a jet sustainer compared to 2-stroke solutions: – the engine start is largely automated – the is no noticeable drag during engine deploying – cruising at high speeds is possible.

Our single-seater Shark is industry leader in the jet sustainer technology and our Twin Shark will offer a very similar jet technology. In order to maintain a performance similar to that of the single-seated Shark SJ, the jet thrust will be increased.

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304TS TWIN SHARK Technical data

JTS (jet engine)MTS (selflauncher)
Geometry
Wing span20 m (65.6 ft)20 m (65.6 ft)
Wing area15,1 m2 / 162.5 ft215,1 m2 / 162.5 ft2
Aspect ratio26,526,5
Fuselage length8,95 m / 29.36 ft8,95 m / 29.36 ft
ProfilePW10-145 14,5%PW10-145 14,5%
Weights
Empty weight480 kg / 1158 lb480 kg / 1158 lb
maximum take-off weight850 kg / 1874 lb850 kg / 1874 lb
Water ballast 120 l / 31,7 US gal120 l / 31,7 US gal
Min. wing loading36 kg/m2 / 7.36 lb/ft236 kg/m2 / 7.36 lb/ft2
Max. wing loading56,3 kg/m2 / 11.51 lb/ft256,3 kg/m2 / 11.51 lb/ft2
Glide Performance
Best glide ratio4949
at speed128 km/h128 km/h
min. sink rate (at min. weight)0,72 m/s / 0.23 ft/min0,72 m/s / 0.23 ft/min
at speed92 km/h / 50 kt92 km/h / 50 kt
Limitations
Stall speed (at max. weight)68 km/h / 37 kt68 km/h / 37 kt
VNE275 km/h / 148 kt275 km/h / 148 kt

configuration

Standard configuration and Options

 

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