Flitplane, Ed Fisher’s Flitplane ultralight aircraft from Wings of Freedom Aviation
The Flitplane is a single seat part 103 legal ultralight aircraft offered in plans, or kit form from wings of freedom aviation. Building the Flitplane from plans will take approximately 500 hours. This time can be reduced to 100 hours if the Flitplane is purchased in kit form.
Like all of Ed Fisher’s designs the Flitplane is a low-cost aircraft design that can be built as a legal ultralight aircraft in the United States. For those pilots wishing for more weight and performance the craft can also be built as an amateur built aircraft. The Flitplane design was purchased by Mark Klotz of wings of freedom aviation in 1996.
The Flitplane has a welded 4130 steel tubing fuselage. The wings are constructed using aluminum tube and ladder construction. The craft is strut braced and power is supplied by engines from 28 to 40 hp in a tractor configuration. Suspension on the Flitplane is supplied via fiberglass axles. The craft uses standard three axis control with a center mounted stick and left hand throttle in a tale dragger configurations.
Flitplane ultralight aircraft specifications
Length: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)
Wingspan: 27 ft 0 in (8.24 m)
Height: (6 ft)
Wing area: 145 sq ft (13.49 sq m)
Empty weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
Useful load: 360 lbs (163 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 600 lbs (272 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Hirth F-33 two-stroke, dual capacitor discharge ignition single-cylinder engine with 2.5:1 reduction belt drive, 28 hp (21 kW)
Propeller diameter: 64 in (1.62 m)
Flitplane Performance specifications.
Never exceed speed: 70 mph (113 km/h)
Cruise speed: 63 mph (102 km/h)
Stall speed: 34 mph (55 km/h)
Rate of climb: 600 fpm (3.05 m/s)
Wing loading: 3.4 lb/sq ft (20.16 kg/sq m)
Power/mass: 14.3 lb/hp (0.077 kW/kg)