Why Choose Us?
The Team Tango design team combines over fifty years in hands-on experience with composites. The key to our SIMPLY FAST build program is pure, elegant simplicity in design. The Tango Build-Center program adds customers to the mix. Many customers who build in our centers have built other aircraft. They include engineers, military and commercial pilots, scientists and manufacturers. If there is a better way to build a Tango, believe us, we will be the first to hear about it.
The Tango was preceded by the TC-2 (below). Though from “the last century”, the design is still advanced. It had superior performance, doing 200 mph on 100 hp, but lacked comfort and space. For the kit built market the retractable gear was recognized as a complexity without a sufficient return in either cruise speed or weight. The design was modified to make it true 200 mph+ cross country speedster that could be built in much less time than similar performance kit built airplanes.
Team Tango has put much thought into making both the Tango and Foxtrot safe aircraft. The wing uses a constant chord, constant thickness airfoil which gives it gentle, textbook stall characteristics. That is, wing root first, ailerons last, with no built in twist required. The stall itself is simple with distinctive aerodynamic warning and little to no tendency to drop off. To recover, add some power and fly out of the stall with minimal altitude loss. The powerful rudder can easily keep the ball centered throughout the entire envelope. Differential ailerons counteract adverse yaw during mild maneuvering, such as in the traffic pattern, greatly reducing the chance of a low altitude stall/spin entry.
Both airplanes were designed to +/-6 G’s and have been successfully tested to 1.5 design limits. We test each wing and horizontal stabilizer spar to 6 G’s before it leaves the factory.
The fuel system enhances safety in several ways. First, all of the fuel is carried in the wings. There is no fuel storage anywhere in the fuselage or engine compartment. Second, we use capacitance type fuel probes that run the entire length of the wing. This allows accurate fuel quantity readings from full right down to zero, a rarity in many airplanes. Total unusable fuel is less than a pint. The fuel selector is in plain view on the forward console and is easily accessible for switching from left to right. No confusion in stressful situations. Last, the large capacity tanks provide a generous reserve even after a four or five hour f light, which is enough for most pilots.
The relatively high power to weight ratio, or power loading, when compared to most certified airplanes also enhances safety by greatly improving takeoff performance at high density altitudes, and, by giving you, the pilot, the ability to easily climb above most of the foul weather that you find below ten thousand feet.
Team Tango uses only FAA approved foam core in the structures. It is more expensive, but compared to other popular foam cores it is the only one that does not create cyanide gas when exposed to flame, is self extinguishing and fuel -proof.
The Tango and Foxtrot both feature dual entry doors which incorporate a reinforced fiberglass roll cage safety system. This provides the best combination of access and safety.
A good cross-country airplane should have speed, range, a good load capacity, and not be too restricted in runway requirements. Few other airplanes can match the Tango and Foxtrot in total capability. See the individual aircraft descriptions for specific numbers, but note that as a minimum, both can cruise at 200+ mph, have a range over 1800 s.m., carry over 100 pounds of baggage, and can operate off a grass strip.
VISIBILITY AND COMFORT
To reduce drag, the Tango in particular has a sharply raked back windscreen that may appear to restrict forward vision. In fact the fuselage sits level in cruise flight which is three degrees lower than the ground attitude. The good visibility over the nose is a pleasant surprise to many skeptics.
The molded fiberglass seats put the pilot and passenger in a semi-reclining position leaning back approximately 30 degrees. This is similar to the F-16 fighter and many high performance sailplanes. They are very comfortable on long flights. The Tango and Foxtrot are a spacious 44 and 50 3/4 inches wide, giving ample elbow room between you and your passenger.
We install various antennas into the fuselage during the lay-up process, when it is easy. This saves time and several hundred dollars compared to buying them from other vendors. The instrument panel is divided into three sections. This allows easier installation and access for maintenance and upgrades.
WHY OUR AIRPLANES ARE THE BETTER CHOICE
Although Team Tango has been in business and producing aircraft for several years most people who concern themselves with experimental aircraft have never heard of us. We have taken a proven and exceptional aircraft design and created an aircraft kit manufacturing process that vastly reduces build time. Not only is the build time much lower than any other quick build available today but it is also customizable to a particular builders’ needs and tastes in ways that other manufacturers cannot accommodate.
Our team is headed by our General Operating Officer and Chief Test Pilot, Denny Funnemark. Denny is a retired U.S.A.F fighter pilot with 3000 hours of F-4 Phantom, F-5E and F-15 Eagle time. Denny purchased and built his own Tango in 2001 and liked it so much he bought part of the company. As it stands now half of the senior staff at Team Tango is ex U.S.A.F. Team Tango is owned by the men who work there. In other words, the guy building your airplane is part owner of the company and has a huge stake in producing the best product possible. As a result the quality of each part is exceptional and quite unlike anything you’re likely to get from one of those other kit manufacturers.
º Our wing spars don’t break. We won’t allow you to assemble them wrong, as a matter of fact, we assemble them. They do not fatigue like a metal spar will after repeated heavy G-cycles. They are a one piece composite I-beam structure that goes from wing tip to wing tip. If our chief Operating Officer/multi-thousand hour fighter pilot can’t break his it’s unlikely you’ll break yours. To prove it each spar is tested to 6g’s before it’s installed in the aircraft. No other manufacturer that we know of does that. Each one, every time, no exceptions. The spar has been tested to 10g’s. We were unable to test it further as the tester failed rather spectacularly at 10g’s. Yes, you read that right. The tester broke before the spar was damaged. And that was without the wing skins and wing ribs bonded in place, which makes the whole structure much stronger. A fully formed wing would be very difficult to break indeed. The tail spar was also tested to 10g’s. We build one tough, no non-sense airframe.
º Because we’re all fallible and once in a great while we may have a landing that is less than ideal our fuselage incorporates a roll over bar made of composite that’s proven itself to be effective in, uh, ahem, real world testing.
º Our fuselages are built tougher than they need to be and use quarter inch foam core that is reinforced at the horizontal stab attach points and up into the vertical stab. As a result our airplane has a stiffer fuse and airframe. It is definitely no flying tin can.
º Our control surfaces are solid, stiff structures, built and designed to be resistant to flutter. You are not limited to lower power engines, a 350hp engine will work just fine, thank you.
º Our aircraft have more than twice the range of our nearest competitor. Why would anyone need 10 hours of range? Well, for one thing, it’s very convenient. You can fill up at a less expensive fueling point and not have to fill up again for quite some time, or you could simply take off from Miami Beach Fl and head for the ski slopes in Vermont without stopping for fuel. Most importantly, it’s about safety. The extra fuel gives you plenty of choices to get to good weather without having to worry about finding fuel in the process.
º Our airplanes carry much more stuff, like people and fuel and camping gear and the occasional dead moose, that is, if you can fit him in the back seat. Actually, in our four place aircraft, with a reasonable load of fuel, you could carry 1000 pounds of moose if that’s what the mission called for.
º Our airplanes climb better, like 3000 fpm in the four place aircraft when light.
º Our cabins are roomier than many aircrafts, such as the Beechcraft Bonanza.
º Our airplanes are built in a real world 1000 hours or less. The sanding and prep work required of our composite airframe parts is 1/10th that of conventional composite aircraft. Our kits are designed with fewer components and with more of them pre-built for you.
º Our final cost of construction is typically lower.
º Our airplanes are faster as they stand now and can be built to be much faster.
º We have our own build center. You can build your airplane right at the factory where we produce the parts; guided and instructed by the guys that know everything there is to know about your airplane, and that expertise is included in the price of your aircraft.
º The kit you have to pay for. The guidance is free. We don’t charge you extra for guiding you through the assembly of your airplane like those other “build centers” do.
º Our seat installation is adjustable for leg room and height as well as recline.
º Our airframe can be customized in ways not available from the other guys. For instance, we can easily make the wing longer to reduce wing loading, reduce stall speed, climb better at lower airspeeds and have greater high altitude performance.
º Our airplanes can handle bigger engines without fear of “cruising too fast”.
º We use ½” foam core in and around the doors to ensure stiffness so they won’t pull away from the fuselage in flight and cause air leaks or allow rain to enter the cabin.
º Our airplanes are quieter. The foam core not only greatly strengthens the structure but it is a sound insulator as well.
º Our airplanes are smoother in rough air. What’s the point of cruising 200mph at 10,000ft if on descent through 6000ft you have to slow way down to a crawl on a warm day because the air is a bit bumpy? Our higher wing loading is far better at turbulence penetration than those metal kits.
º Our fuel tanks won’t leak. No need for Pro-Seal or some other questionable fuel tank glue.
º We don’t carry fuel in the cabin, only in the wings.
º We use a vinyl ester resin in our composite which is a safer and less toxic alternative that won’t induce an allergic reaction and is pleasant to work with.
º And finally, an attribute not to be taken lightly, your spouse won’t run screaming from the garage the next time you ask them to buck another few thousand rivets with you.
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1990 SW 19th Avenue, Williston, Florida 32696
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