Number of places: 4
Length: 6.96 m
Wingspan: 8.72 m
Wing area: 14.2 m
Empty weight: 600 kg
Maximum maximum at takeoff: 1,100 kg
Fuel capacity: 190 liters of AVGAS
Engine: Lycoming O-360-A3A
Power: 180 hp (133 kW)
Propeller: fixed pitch metal Sensenich 2-blade, 1.93 m diameter
VNE: 308 km/h (166 kn)
Cruising speed: 210 km/h (115 kn)
Stall speed: 95 km/h (51 kn)
Autonomy: 1,400 km
Tangency: 4,720 m (15,486 ft)
The Robin DR400 is a single-engine touring aircraft produced by the French company Avions Pierre Robin since 1972.
It has a tricycle undercarriage and can carry four people, the construction type consists of a wood and canvas structure for the fuselage and low double dihedral Jodel type wing, which gives substantial lateral stability in flight. It also uses the stabilizer instead of the much more common stabilizer+balancer system, which means that the horizontal part of the tail, which is used to control the attitude, is built in one movable piece, and not with a fixed and a movable part. Currently, the Robin DR400 is still very much present in many European aeroclubs, especially in France, used for both school and touring flights. In addition, it is one of the most widely used aircraft for towing gliders because of its light weight and power.
I-ITBB is a Robin DR400/180R Remorqueur, equipped with a 180-horsepower Lycoming engine and made specifically for glider towing, purchased new by ACAO in 1990 and a major staple of the Club’s fleet ever since.