UL in the works


While I prepare for the paper ordeal that preceedes being allowed to build the plane I really want under the "experimental" rules, I might as well build something else, so I set out to find a plane that can be built under the much less restrictive Ultra Light Airplane (UL) rules.

I initially bought plans for another UL, the RW6 Parasol, but they were just too plain lousy. It took me quite a while to locate another construction that had the same appeal to me. I have finally set my eyes on a FP-606 from Fisher Flying Products, which is a replica of the Cessna 150/152 that can be built with either conventional grear or with a nose wheel. I prefer the former.

As the FP-606, like most of their products, is constructed of wood and fabric, I should be able to keep the investment minimal and spread it out, except for the engine, where I probably will use the recommended Rotax 277. The second largest investment will be the covering, where I intend to use the Stits' Poly-fiber process for reasons of safety (it won't burn) and longevity.

RW6 "Parasol" statistics
Top speed 105km/h
Cruise speed 89-97km/h
Vne 145km/h
Range 241km
Stall speed 42km/h
Rate of climb 3.6-4m/s
Takeoff run 46m
Landing run 46m
Service ceiling ?m
Engine used Rtx277HP
Engine range 28-52HP
Fuel capacity 19-26l
Empty weight 114kg
Gross weight 227kg
Height 1.80m
Length 5.41m
Wing span 8.79m
Wing area 10.78
Wing loading 21kg/m²

The plane easily classifies as an ultra light, even within the Danish regulations, which should cut the red tape about construction to a minimum. If I build this plane, supervision of the project will be handled by DULFU (Dansk UltraLet Flyver Union) and the project would be required to go through periodic inspections and a static load test.


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Updated 02-01-17 at 22:04