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The Fuji FA200 Aero Subaru

Country of origin  
Japan

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Powerplants  
FA200160 - One 120kW (160hp) Lycoming O320D2A flat four piston engine driving a two blade fixed pitch McCauley propeller. FA200180 - One 135kW (180hp) fuel injected IO360B1B driving a two blade constant speed McCauley prop.

Performance  
FA200160 - Max speed 222km/h (120kt), max cruising speed 196km/h (106kt), long range cruising speed 164km/h (89kt). Initial rate of climb 680ft/min. Service ceiling 11,400ft. Max range with no reserves 1520km (820nm). FA200180 - Max speed 233km/h (126kt), max cruising speed 204km/h (110kt), long range cruising speed 167km/h (90kt). Initial rate of climb 760ft/min. Service ceiling 13,700ft. Range with no reserves 1400km (755nm).

Weights  
FA200160 - Empty 620kg (1366lb), max takeoff 1059kg (2335lb). FA200180 - Empty 650kg (1433lb), max takeoff 1150kg (2535lb).

Dimensions  
FA200160 - Wing span 9.42m (30ft 11in), length 7.96m (26ft 1in), height 2.02m (6ft 8in). Wing area 14.0m2 (150.7sq ft). FA200180 - Same except for length 7.98m (26ft 2in).

Capacity  
Typical seating for four.

Production  
299 Aero Subarus were built between 1965 and 1986. Series production lasted until 1977, when the Aero Subaru became available by firm order only through to 1986.

Type  
Four seat light aircraft

History  

The Fuji FA200 Aero Subaru was the first wholly Japanese designed light aircraft to enter series production, with the majority built for export orders.

A product of the Fuji Heavy Industries industrial conglomerate (which was formed through the merger of six different concerns, including WW2 fighter manufacturer Nakajima, and builds Subaru cars), design work on the FA200 began in 1964. A prototype, the FA200II, first flew on August 12 1965.

The basic FA200 design was expected to form the basis of a family of light aircraft including the two seat side-by-side trainer FA200I powered by a 85kW (115hp) Lycoming O235 and the single seat F204 agricultural version. However only the four seat tourer, as represented by the prototype, entered production. This aircraft was of conventional low wing and fixed undercarriage design, and was aerobatic at reduced weights.

Three versions of the FA200 entered production, the first being the 120kW (160hp) powered FA200160, which was also certificated with reduced weights in the Utility category with three seats, and the Aerobatic with two seats. The FA200180 was essentially similar but powered by a 135kW (180hp) fuel injected IO360. Deliveries of both versions began in March 1968.

A third model joined the lineup from mid 1973, the FA200180AO. This was a reduced specification version of the FA200180 with a fixed pitch propeller and caburetted Lycoming O360 engine.

The Aero Subaru remained in production until 1977 when 274 had been built. The type remained available to special order through to 1986, by which time a further 25 had been built.

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