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PH-RIC Avions Mudry CAP-10B c/n 02 - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 7 February 2020 Hoogeveen airfield (EHHO)

The CAP-10B is a aerobatic two-seater low-wing cantilever monoplane of wooden construction, developed by C.A.A.R.P. and built by Avions Mudry in France. The pilots are seated side-by-side under a one-piece canopy. The CAP-10B is powered by a single 180 hp Lycoming AEIO-360-B2F 4-cylinder air-cooled, horizontally opposed, fuel injected piston engine, which runs a Hoffman twin-bladed propeller. The airframe can take between +6 and -4,5 G.
In 1965, Auguste Mudry formed C.A.A.R.P. (Coopérative des Ateliers Aéronautiques de la Région Parisienne) at Beynes-Thiverval. It was initially a design bureau that employed engineers like Claude Piel and a number of former ex-Scintex employees. The initial production model was the CP.1310-C3 Super Emeraude, which had been transferred to the Beynes factory by Sintex. The CP.1310-C3 Super Emeraude was a derivate of the original Piel CP.301C Emeraude with modified cockpit canopy and undercarriage and a 100 h Continental O-200A engine. Based on the CP.301, C.A.A.R.P. developed the Piel CP.100, an aerobatic 2-seater with modified tail and wing and a 160 hp Lycoming engine. In August 1966, the prototype Piel CP.100 F-BNTD was flown first. The CP.100 design was improved with a broader chord rudder, larger canoy and a 180 hp Lycoming IO-360-82F engine, which resulted in the CAP-10. CAP stands for 'Constructions Aéronautiques Parisiennes'. The prototype CAP-10 (s/n 01 F-BOPX) was first flown in August 1968. In November 1968, Societe Aeronautique Normandy (SAN) had gone into receivership. Auguste Mudry formed Avions Mudry & Cie, that took over the assets of SAN and he dissolved C.A.A.R.P., moving final assembly of the CAP-10 and the single seat CAP-20 to the SAN premises on the airfield at Bernay-St. Martin. Avions Mudry put the CAP-10 in production as the CAP-10B, encouraged by a French Air Force (l'Armée de l'air) order for 26 aircraft. A pre-serie of four CAP-10B were built, of which two airframes were delivered to l'Armée de l'air - École de Voltige Aérienne (EEVA) at Salon de Provence, including Avions Mudry CAP-10B s/n 02. The production model CAP-10B had revised tail surfaces. Production deliveries of the Mudry CAP-10B started in 1970; the first aircraft ordered by the French Air Force were used by the École de Voltige Aérienne de Salon-de-Provence, the École des Moniteurs at Clermont-Ferrand and the Groupement-École 315 at Cognac. When production ended over 300 aircraft were built, icluding 50 for the French Air Force and 5 for the Franch Navy. Since 2013, many CAP-10B aircraft were modified into the CAP 10B/K through the implementation of a modification of the main wing spar approved under "MAJOR REPAIR DESIGN APPROVAL 10045153" by the EASA. This modification has been developed by the French Company Air-Menuiserie in 2013 and allows the CAP 10B/K to recover its flight envelop limitations (Maximum G-Force: +6.5G -4.5G). The CAP 10 became one of the most successful aerobatic training aircraft in the world, around 200 aircraft are still flying in the late 2000s and nearly two generations of aerobatic champions made their classes with it. Avions Mudry & Cie was bought by CAP Industries which then became APEX Aircraft. Following the bankruptcy of APEX in 2008, rights to produce spares were awarded to Dyn'Aviation. After the bankruptcy of DynAero in 2012, manufacture of spares was taken over by CEAPR in Darois.

    CAP-10 Versions
  • C.A.A.R.P. C.P.100 — Aerobatic 2-seater based on the Piel CP.301 with modified tail and wing
  • CAP 10 — Revised CP-100 with enlarged vertical tail and larger canopy
  • CAP 10B — Production version with minor modifications like an enlarged rudder; including four pre-production aircraft
  • CAP 10C — Improved structure with carbon-fibre wing spar.
  • CAP 10R — Prototype of a glider tug version (R for Remorqueur - tower)
  • CAP 10B/K — The exact same model as the CAP 10B modified through the implementation of a modification of the main wing spar approved under "MAJOR REPAIR DESIGN APPROVAL 10045153" by the EASA. This modification has been developed by the French Company Air-Menuiserie in 2013 and allows the CAP 10B/K to recover its flight envelop limitations (Maximum G-Force: +6.5G -4.5G).

Avions Mudry CAP-10B s/n 02 was flown first on 15 December 1969, and registered F-ZWRM in France, before delivery to the French Air Force. In service with the French Air Force, Mudry CAP-10B s/n 02 was operated by École de Voltige Aérienne de Salon-de-Provence with the aerobatic team "L'Équipe de Voltige de l'Armée de l'air" first as F-TFVQ and later, when registration F-TFVQ was used for a single-seat CAP-20, as F-TFVA. In July 1995, CAP-10B '02' was sold and registered F-GNVA. On 6 March 1978, the fuselage of the Mudry CAP-10B s/n 02 was damaged by a truck and on 15 January 1979 rebuilt wit the new fuselage s/n 94. Since, the wings were replaced by "CAP-10C" wings with improved structure with carbon-fibre beams that provide most of the strength in the aircraft wing. On 29 May 2000, registration F-GNVA was canceled and the aircraft was registered D-EQVA in Germany. On 25 July 2002, the aircraft was registered PH-RIC in the Netherlands as an Avions Mudry CAP-10B and based at Teuge airfield. On 7 May 20212, the PH-RIC was registered with Wings over Holland at Lelystad Airport. In February 2019, CAP-10B PH-RIC was transferred to a new owner and based at Hoogeveen airfield. Although the aircraft is officially registered as Avions Mudry CAP-10B s/n 02, it is in fact a CAP-10C with fuselage s/n 94. On 7 February 2020, Avions Mudry CAP-10B PH-RIC was seen in front of its hangar at Hoogeveen Airfield painted in the "l'Armée de l'air - E.E.V.A." color scheme with CAP10c N 02 markings on its tail.

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