Introduced in 1974, the 8GCBC Scout is a two-seat, high-wing, single-engine, fixed conventional landing gear, general aviation airplane. The capacity...
Bellanca Scout Aircraft Information
Introduced in 1974, the 8GCBC Scout is a two-seat, high-wing, single-engine, fixed conventional landing gear, general aviation airplane. The capacity of the Scout is for one crew member and one passenger. The empty weight is 1400 lb (635 kg) and the maximum takeoff weight is 2150 lb (975 kg). Cruise speed is 112 mph (180.2 km/h), stall speed is 54 mph (86.9 km/h), and maximum speed is 140 mph (225.3 km/h). The rate of climb is 1075 ft/min (5.46 m/s). The Scout was designed for personal and commercial use. The aircraft is commonly found in utility roles such as bush flying, agriculture, pipeline patrol, and glider and banner towing.
The Scout was a derivative of the American Champion 7 Series Citabrias and the Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon. The aircraft was designed and initially produced by Bellanca Aircraft Corporation. The Scout features tandem seating and joystick controls. The aircraft's fuselage and tail surfaces are constructed of welding metal tubing. A combination of wooden formers and longerons covered with fabric create the outer shape of the fuselage. The cross-section of the metal fuselage truss is triangular. Like the fuselage and tail surfaces, the Scout's strut-braced wings are fabric covered utilizing aluminum ribs. The winds are built with wooden spars. The aircraft carries wing flaps.
The Bellanca Scout was available with several 180 hp Lycoming O-360 engine variants. The aircraft was available with a fixed-pitch or constant speed propeller. The Scout can be fitted with floats or skis. The Scout remains a popular choice as bush planes, for glider and banner towing, for pipeline patrol, in agricultural uses, and as a personal airplane.