NICO BRAAS COLLECTION
No. 10042. Sportavia-Pützer RF-6 Sportsman (D-EHYO c/n 6001)
Photograph from VFW-Fokker

Sportavia-Pützer RF-6 Sportsman

09/30/2010. Sportavia-Pützer was formed at Dahlem-Schmidtheim, Germany in 1966, by Count Antoine d' Assche, director of the French company Alpavia SA, and Alfons Pützer, originally to take over from Alpavia manufacture of the Avion-Planeur (powered sailplanes) series of light aircraft (RF-3, RF-4, RF-5) designed by Frenchman René Fournier.

Fournier began design of the RF-6 Sportsman in December 1970, and construction of the prototype started fourteen months later at the Sportavia-Pützer works. The Sportsman was a departure from previous Fournier designs, which had mostly been Avion-Planeurs. Of conventional design and all-wood construction, the aircraft had a fixed tricycle undercarriage and high lift flaps on the wing. The cabin featured two seats side-by-side with dual controls plus seats for one or two passengers in rear of cabin.

Powered by an 125 hp Lycoming O-235 four-cylinder horizontally-opposed piston engine, and registered D-EHYO, the prototype made its first flight at Dahlem-Schmidtheim on March 15, 1973. For production the aircraft was redesigned by Manfred Schliwa, fitted with an 180 hp engine and glass fiber reinforced covering, it was designated RS-180 (S denotes Schliwa). The following data relate to the pictured prototype, which was destroyed in May 1977.

Created September 30, 2010