The Murphy Elite
Open the world of opportunity with the
Murphy Elite. With standard spring gear and the option of floats, there
is almost no surface you can't utilize to fly from. Load the ample
baggage compartment and head off to adventure in roomy style or explore
your own backyard while cruising around with the windows open. Designed
for the first time builder, the all metal construction and pre-formed
parts along will get you moving toward the flightline quicker than ever.
The Elite is a Rebel, redesigned for
tricycle gear. It is now also available with conventional gear.
Other design features include a new cantilevered stabilizer,
one-piece elevator, all-metal control surfaces, strengthened fuselage
design, and beefed-up wings and leading edges. All of these changes
give the Elite an 1800-lb. gross weight, partially compensating for the
higher empty weight, plus the ability to accommodate
engines up to 180 hp.
As with the other Murphy models, the
Elite is manufactured using exceptionally accurate computer controlled
punches, lathes and milling machines, eliminating the need for
complicated jigs. All you need is a good level working table
(approximately 16’ long), some storage room and you’re ready to
assembly your new Rebel Elite. You will soon find that Murphy has taken
the complexity out of building an all metal aircraft and within a few
hours you will be completing your first component. To give you some
idea of how fast the Elite can be built; the horizontal stabilizer can
be assembled and ready for inspection in under 16 hours.
The Elite’s design blends a little of
the Rebel and the SR2500. Like all Murphy aircraft, the Elite offers an
excellent strength-to-weight ratio and low maintenance costs, with ease
of inspection and repair. This lightweight aircraft combines a larger
cargo area while still providing excellent STOL characteristics. Its
structure has also been designed to meet or exceed the airworthiness
standards of the USA FAR Part 23, Subpart C, the UK BCAR Section S. and
the Canadian D.O.T. The Elite is stressed to + 5.7 g and - 3.8 g at
1800 lbs. (Normal Category).
Designed for tricycle
gear, the Rebel Elite accommodates those pilots who liked the Rebel but
were uncomfortable with a taildragger. The nosewheel is free swiveling
and steering is accomplished through brake input, similar to steering
amphibian floats. The tricycle gear mounts to two 2" square tubes
running across the floor, and is sandwiched between four layers of skin
thickness to absorb the landing loads and hold the gear steady.
The Elite offers you the benefits of an
all-metal airframe including separate flaps and ailerons that are both
aerodynamically and mass balanced. The ailerons are activated by torque
tubes. As with the Rebel, the flap handle is placed on the roof between
pilot and passenger, allowing for easy access. The flaps are controlled
by push/pull tubes giving immediate solid response. The system is
unique in the fact that, with flap extension, the ailerons droop,
providing very impressive slow flight. The roll rate on the Elite is
crisp and the aerodynamic balance provides just the right mix between
input and response. Dual controls including dual (toe) brakes are
standard on the Elite making it ideal for flight training.
The Elite’s fuselage has been shortened
3" to accommodate larger engines and to ensure the proper C of G is
reached. The cabin floor still features a sub-floor design with 2"
spacing, but now is assembled with one-piece .063 doorsills and floor
bulkheads, increasing strength and decreasing build time. The rear
cabin area has been increased in height by four inches and a larger
door has been developed, allowing for easier access to the back for
storage or an extra jump seat. The instrument panel has been increased
in depth and rounded on top, allowing you to customize it for
The empennage has been totally
redesigned — the stabilizer is now a one-piece cantilevered component
coupled to a one-piece elevator. This feature came directly from the
development of our four place Super Rebel. The tail enhancement reduces
drag as well as simplifies the building process. The stabilizer and fin are both
constructed using a symmetrical rib between stringer-braced skins. The
stabilizer is mounted to the fuselage at four points using four bolts.
The elevator is attached at three hinge points to the stabilizer and
features large, aerodynamically balanced aluminum tips to lighten
flight loads. Along with the change in design, the rear empennage has
grown in width and height. The horizontal width has increased to a
lengthy 110" while the vertical plane now reaches 54" up, and has grown
in width to handle the larger engine. Cables
are used for the elevator and rudder controls and electric elevator
trim is standard equipment.
The Elite wings remain relatively
unchanged, using the same modified NACA 4415 airfoil as the Rebel, but
feature strengthened attach points and a leading edge made from .032
aluminum instead of .020. These changes strengthen the wing increasing
the gross weight to 1800 lb., as well as the option to countersink
rivets in the leading edge. Fuel capacity remains at 44 USG in two
wet-wing fuel tanks, although an optional extended fuel tank is
available increasing capacity to 59 USG.
All welding is done at the factory and
powder coating is standard. Control column; rudder and brake pedals;
high back seat frames and engine mount are ready to assemble. The
engine mount is powder coated white which will allow for easy
identification of any crack or oil leak. The Elite kit includes
aluminum spring gear, 6" "J.D.M." aluminum main wheels accommodating
6.00 x 6 tires and Murphy’s own hydraulic brake system. The cast iron
brake disk material provides excellent heat dissipation that translates
into long disc life and low upkeep costs. The axles are 1 1/4" 2024-T35
aluminum and employ a 1 3/8" bolt pattern. As with the Rebel, float
fittings are also an available option.
The Elite can be equipped with a variety
of engines ranging from the economical Lycoming O-235 (115 hp), O-320
(150-160 hp) or up to the hearty O-360, 180 hp. Murphy Aircraft can
supply you with a new engine directly from Lycoming, literally saving
you thousands of dollars. Complete engine mounting packages are
available or parts can be purchased individually to help you in your
own custom installation. Also available at similar savings, are factory
new "Sensenich" metal propellers.
With the ability to use 180 hp., the Rebel Elite provides the individual
with a rugged and economical low maintenance, comfortable two-seater
with ample space for luggage or a third passenger. The low stalling
speed allows for good short field performance while still providing
decent cruising speeds. The Elite will adapt to floats, skis or
tricycle gear conversion.
For pricing details please contact the
Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing Sales Team at ... Kits@PattersonAeroSales.com