Purchasing Kitplane

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Purchasing Kitplane

Post by Skunk Works » Mon May 29, 2006 4:16 pm

I am currently looking at what kitplanes there are availableto build. Any recommendations of any??

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Post by seamus » Mon May 29, 2006 4:33 pm

What are you looking for in a Plane ?

Microlight or "A" Class
Local flying or Touring
Speed range
Quick build option.

Give us some details was to what your looking for.

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Post by Skunk Works » Mon May 29, 2006 4:40 pm

I am looking for a three axis microlight

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Post by Nanolight » Mon May 29, 2006 9:09 pm

Are you sure you know what you're taking on?!

X-airs seem pretty good. They're slow though.
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Post by Skunk Works » Mon May 29, 2006 10:50 pm

Ya its a big project to be taking on alright. Had a look at them seem ok but not really what im after. Was looking at the eurofox from slovakia. Looks pretty good.

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Post by Joey D » Mon May 29, 2006 11:14 pm

Dyn Aero are a French outfit that maufacture the Rolls Royce (IMHO!) of microlights! The MCR-01 is available in kit format with training at Dyn Aero's facility on how to build it, and you can even build the whole thing (or part of it) there.

http://www.dynaero.com/lien/indexuk.htm

Its at the high end (price wise) but its nice to know about it all the same.

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Post by stovepipe » Wed May 31, 2006 1:57 am

Hi Skunk
If it's a three-axis microlight, talk to the NMAI before you do anything else.....The X-Air is a simple aircraft to build and could be easily built in a week by two people( working hard and cut off from all other human contact) in a modest shed with a modest tool-box. The SkyRanger is roughly similar and almost as quick to build. They have a variety of engines and instrument fits and are easy to fly and maintain. They both cost in the mid-20s. Alternatively, go to the UK and source a second-hand one (there's plenty, thru the BMAA) if you can't be bothered with building.
You could be in the air sooner than you think.
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Post by robertd » Wed May 31, 2006 8:47 am

Hi Skunk works,
I think you're on the right track with the eurofox, lovely aircraft, the wings fold too and you get a cruise speed alot better than a Skyranger, xair .etc
If you buy one, get it directly from slovakia not England.

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Post by Skunk Works » Wed May 31, 2006 12:14 pm

thanks robertd will get incontact with the manufactor direct. just finished my civil eng degree and been planning to do this for years. want to do it now as it will only be put on the long finger otherwise and could be years down the line at that rate.

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Post by GerryC » Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:18 am

Skunk,

Let us know how you get on, I'll probably be purchasing some sort of plane in the next year or so, Will be finished my PPL and I want to use it. The Eurofox looks great in that you can put it on a trailer and you don't have to store it at an airfield. Does anyone know what the running costs of the Eurofox would be?

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Post by robertd » Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:11 pm

Hi Gerry,
It depends on the size of the engine, Rotax 912 or 912s, 80 or 100hp.
You could get cheap hangarage if you kept the wings folded on the eurofox, You're Insurance would be cheaper if you got the tri-gear version and you can run the plane on mogas.
You're looking at 15-20 euros per hour for a euro fox. excellent value for what you're getting!

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Post by stovepipe » Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:07 pm

Hi there
Why don't you make it your business to get to Limetree for the Fly-In on June 10th? There'll be plenty of quick-build kit aircraft there, not to mention a welcoming atmosphere.
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Post by Nanolight » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:26 pm

stovepipe wrote: The X-Air is a simple aircraft to build and could be easily built in a week by two people( working hard and cut off from all other human contact) in a modest shed with a modest tool-box.


No way! A week? Seriously?

That seems a bit optomistic.

BTW this is a good eurofox site http://www.eurofox-usa.com/

very good pics on it.
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Post by Nanolight » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:54 pm

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Post by Skyfare » Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:25 pm

Hi Skunk,
was in EISG last weekend and was bowled over with a homebuilt flying around the circuit there. It's not a microlight, but has to be one of the best fun machines to fly - an amphibian homebuild called a searay. No idea how long it takes to build one, but I'm sure the guys there are happy to answer questions. Theres a photo on www.sligoflyingclub.com.
Excuse off topic, but Sligo and NW was truely spectacular for flying in sunshine of last weekend. Nice & helpful folk too.

Cheers, Sky
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