Single Engine Piston Bellanca Decathlon Series
The single engine piston Bellanca Decathlon Series are two seat, conventional landing gear, light airplanes. Designed by Champion Aircraft Corporation the Decathlon is a derivative of the American Champion 7 Series Citabrias. The capacity of the Decathlon is for one crew member and one passenger. The empty weight is 1340 lb (608 kg) and the maximum takeoff weight is 1950 lb (885 kg) or 1800 lb aerobatic (816 kg). The Decathlon series were built with several Lycoming IO-320 engine variants, all of 150 hp and with a choice of a fixed-pitch or constant speed propeller. Cruise speed is 128 mph (206 km/h), stall speed is 53 mph (85.3 km/h), and maximum speed is 155 mph (249 km/h).
Only a handful of Decathlons were produced by Champion because the company was acquired by Bellanca Aircraft Corporation. Bellanca continued production of the Decathlon throughout the 1970s. Variant models of the Decathlon include the Champion Model 8KCAB Decathlon, Bellanca Decathlon, Bellanca Decathlon CS, and Bellanca Super Decathlon.
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