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Comco Ikarus C-42 Bison

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Name C-42 Bison
Manufacturer Comco Ikarus
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
WTC Light
Type code L1P
Engine Piston
Engine count Single
Landing gear Tricycle fixed
Mass group 1

Manufacturered as:

IKARUS C-42 Bison

Comco Ikarus C-42 Bison

Comco Ikarus C-42 Bison Comco Ikarus C-42 Bison 3D


The Ikarus C42 is a two-seat, fixed tricycle gear, general aviation microlight aircraft, manufactured in Germany by Comco Ikarus. It is used primarily for flight training, touring and personal flying.

Technical Data

Wing span 9.45 m31.004 ft <br />
Length 6.25 m20.505 ft <br />
Height 2.24 m7.349 ft <br />
Powerplant 1 x Rotax 912ULS flat-4 engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
Engine model Rotax 912

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 450450 kg <br />0.45 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL ROD ft/min APC
WTC L Range 375375 nm <br />694,500 m <br />694.5 km <br />2,278,543.309 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C42

  • C525 / C42, en-route / manoeuvring, near Eastbourne UK, 2017 (On 7 March 2017, an en-route Cessna Citation and a manoeuvring Ikarus C42 light aircraft approaching almost head-on at speeds of 240 knots and 55 knots respectively almost collided at an altitude of 3,500 feet in VMC outside controlled airspace. The Investigation found that only the C42 pilot had seen a conflicting aircraft and that they had then taken avoiding action which had mitigated the high risk of collision. The closest point of approach was recorded on radar as less than 100 feet vertically and less than 185 metres laterally. The near miss was categorised as an ICAO 'A' event.)