The CONROY SPARROWHAWK is the logical successor to the very successful CONROY SPARROW XC. It and its predecessors the CONROY COLT floatplane, the original rag and tube SPARROW and the XC are the result of a lifetime’s love affair with aviation. Their lineage dates back almost 80 years to the Piper Cub, the magnificent Austers in which Chris Conroy learnt to fly back in 1956, the pioneering creation of Colin Winton, Howard Hughes’ Light-wing, the Jabiru range and many more. All of which helped Australian designers and manufacturers to take their place among the best in the world.
The SPARROW range has been designed to combine all of the qualities needed by a light aircraft operation in our harsh conditions.
All structural fibreglass work is done at the factory. In fact, the mould is used as a jig whilst the fuselage internals are installed and the fuselage is delivered as a joined unit. The wings are modular, requiring the builder to make a simple wooden table on which to assemble them. The operation takes one day per wing. Ailerons, flaps, tailplanes, elevators and rudder come joined, requiring minor filling of seams, preparation and painting. The main landing gear is a single continuous filament composite unit which is immensely strong and requires only preparation and painting.
The builder is required to assemble the wings, install engine, control systems, instruments, brakes, undercarriage, control surface hinges and actuating circuits, doors, windscreens and rear cabin windows, fuel system, tail or nose wheel assembly, upholstery and carpet and prepare and paint the airframe. Some of these operations require the use of fibreglass fillers and bonding laminates and this is comprehensively covered in our detailed step-by-step assembly manual and videos. Feedback from current builders indicates that these operations should take no more than 400 hours.
The resulting aircraft is enormously strong, tough and damage resistant and in the event of even major airframe damage can be repaired quickly and easily in the field. The flying surfaces are all jig built, meaning that if, say a tailplane or wing is damaged, a new factory unit will fit straight on.
Our accessories include an underbelly cargo pod which can either have a separate supplementary fuel tank plumbed into the main system with an electric uplift pump or carry cans.
You can choose from our plain or amphibious floats and you can even have a second set of long wings (up to 40’ span) to convert your SPARROW XC or SPARROWHAWK to a motor glider.
The structural talicone plate can serve as a comfortable bed, and a tube down the talicone will carry fishing rods or tent poles. Even in standard form, the two enormous luggage bins aft of the seats in the SPARROWHAWK make it an airborne ute!