IAN McDONELL COLLECTION
No. 12078. Eagle X-TS 150 (VH-UDK c/n 012)
Photographed at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia, October 2012, by Ian McDonell

Eagle X-TS 150

02/28/2016. Remarks by Walter van Tilborg: "The Eagle X-TS (Two-Seat) sport aircraft was a design of Graham Swannell and evolved from the single-seat Eagle X proof-of-concept/technology demonstrator. The type entered production with Eagle Aircraft Australia Ltd., from 1993 onwards via Eagle Aircraft Pty. Ltd. During 1996 the rights to the design were obtained by CTRM (Composite Technology Research Malaysia).

Eagle X-TSP-1 (Two Seat Prototype No.1): This was the first aircraft which was built to test the overall configuration and was powered by a 78 hp Aeropower engine and later with an 100 hp Continental O-200-A. It was first flown during March 1988.
Eagle X-TS (X-TS-100): This was the pre-production version with an 125 hp Continental O-240A engine. The first aircraft flew on November 6, 1991 and had an increased wingspan and it also received upturned wingtips. Only twelve were built and these were mainly considered as research and development aircraft.
Eagle 150 (X-TS-150): The improved true first production model, which switched to an 125 hp Continental IO-240B engine, had a lighter construction and aerodynamic improvements. The first Eagle 150 made its maiden flight on October 23, 1993, after the advent of the Eagle 150B it was referred to as Eagle 150A. The Eagle 150 Executive version, first built in 1999, offered a deluxe cabin interior with leather upholstery, GPS with moving map etc. as standard. The Eagle 150As parts and components were produced by CTR subsidiary Eagle Aircraft Malaysia Sdn.Bhd, but the aircraft were assembled and test flown in Australia.
Eagle 150B (X-TS-150B): The Eagle 150B became the standard production version after completion of some fifteen of the earlier Eagle 150A models. The Eagle 150B had reduced empty weights, increased area flaps and other refinements and was powered by an 125 hp Continental IO-240-B7B engine. From 2002 onwards full production (assembly) was transferred to Malaysia, however late in 2005 it was decided to close this assembly line in early 2006.
The Eagle 150B was used as an ARV (Airborne Reconnaisance Vehicle), a variant developed in Malaysia by CTRM in co-operation with BAe Systems Control in the USA. CTRM provided the airframe and BAe Systems incorporated the electronic reconnaissance systems, which also included an autopilot. This type could be operated in either manned or unmanned configuration. A prototype aircraft was first flown on June 5, 2001 and late in 2005 at least three aircraft had been supplied to the Royal Malaysian AF. The ARV carried a cylindrical radome under the fuselage.
Eagle 200 (X-TS-200): Announced 1995 as an improved version of the Eagle 150 and 150A with a more powerful 138 hp Continental IO-240-B engine. Development was halted before a prototype aircraft had been built and many of this modelís improvements were incorporated in the Eagle 150B."

Created September 30, 2013