Rallye FAQs

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    1. What is a Rallye?
    Rallyes are all metal, low-wing, fixed-gear monoplanes designed by Morane-Saulnier and built  by SOCATA.

    2. What is the Rallye type designator?
    RALL (Romeo Alpha Lima Lima)

    3.How many Rallyes were built by SOCATA?
    Approximately 3,500 Rallyes of various configurations were built by  SOCATA during the 1960s and 1970s.

    4. When was the Rallye introduced?
    The Rallye first flew in June 1959. Final flight tests for certification were  completed at the end of April 1960. It was offered with either a tail wheel or tricyle gear The aircraft went on sale in May and SOCATA had received 200 orders by the end of July.

    5. How many models of Rallye were produced by SOCATA?
    Although it may seem as if every Rallye differs somehow  from every other Rallye, these are the various models
    Rallye Club
    Super Rallye
    Rallye Commodore
    Rallye GT
    Rallye Minerva
    Rallye Minerva Taildragger
    Guerrier (a military version)

    6. What is the Rallye’s primary function?
    The Rallye is a true multi-purpose aircraft. It is a safe, sturdy  trainer, a stable cross-country aircraft, a back-country explorer, an able glider tug...but mostly, the Rallye is just plain fun to fly.

    7. What gives the Rallye good STOL capabilities?
    The Rallye wing features leading edge slats that deploy and  retract automatically. The slats aid in slow flight and enable the plane to sink in wings-level reduced-power stalls rather than break with a nose-down pitch change. Like any stall, the high sink rate stall of  the Rallye is best avoided. But it is a substantially safer alternative. The slow flight ability is aided by substantial rudder and elevator surfaces that provide excellent pitch and yaw control at low speeds.  In addition, large Fowler flaps extend back and down to alter the lift/drag situation dramatically. This enables the aircraft to make fairly steep approaches at speeds appropriate to short fields, transition  quickly to landing speed and to assist in reducing the aircraft’s rollout once it touches down. The trailing link landing gear assist in STOL by effectively absorbing landing impacts.

    8. What airfoil is used for the Rallye wing
    NACA 63A416

    9. Why do some Rallyes have four digit serial numbers while others have five digit serial numbers?
    SOCATA built  two basic airframes - a lighter airframe for Rallyes with smaller engines and heavier airframes for larger engines. The lighter airframes have four digit serial numbers. The larger airframes have the number 1 as  a prefix and thus have 5 digit serial numbers.