LOET KUIPERS COLLECTION
No. 10021. Coupé JC-200 TriCoupé (F-PGGO c/n 04)
Photographed at Nevers, France, July 16, 2005 by Loet Kuipers

Coupé JC-200 TriCoupé

09/30/2010. Jacques Coupé of Montlouis, France designed and built a number of aircraft. The first was designated JC-01, a side-by-side two-seat light-plane of wooden construction, covered with plywood and fabric. It had a non-retractable tail wheel type landing gear and was powered by a 65 hp Continental A65-8F flat-four engine.

It was flown for the first time on March 16, 1976, registered as F-PXKV (c/n 01). Design emphasis was placed on ensuring that homebuilders would find it easy to construct, and plans became available through Coupé-Aviation. Further JC-01s were built, some powered by modified Volkswagen motorcar engines of 1,600 or 1,700 cc.

Coupé subsequently began construction of a derivative of the JC-01 in September 1976. Designated JC-2, it was generally similar to the JC-01 but had a 90 hp Continental A65-8F flat-four engine. It flew for the first time on May 7, 1981, registered F-WYJI (c/n 01), after gaining its CofA it was reregistered F-PYJI.

Reportedly at least six JC-2s have been constructed by amateurs, fitted with 100 hp engines. The JC-3 has also been built, similar to the JC-01, that differed primarily by being fitted with a sweptback fin and a 68 hp Volkswagen motorcar engine of 1,700 cc.

The JC-200 was a refined version of the JC-2, the first example was flown on August 18, 1989. The pictured aircraft was constructed by Gérard Gouin of Moulins-la-Marche, and was registered as F-PGGO on November 11, 1989.

Created September 30, 2010