Posted: 3/26/2011 12:17:19
I have had the plans for this aircraft for a while but have not started it because I need to register it as a glider since I fall into the sport pilot catch 22. Three of these aircraft have been finished and registered as single engine land aircraft. I have contacted a number of people including the EAA, FAA,etc and the new owner at Rand Robinson. The new guy at Rand Robertson was optimistic about the possibility but everyone else has been either non committal or a big no. The aircraft is more or less one of the forgottens but it falls right into the ELSP category. The limited gliding and on a really good day soaring could make this a good project for a lot of builders. Any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated.
Posted: 3/31/2011 22:26:44
Hi Tim, I believe the gross weight divided by the span squared needs to be under 0.62 to fit the motorglider definition.
Posted: 4/1/2011 07:11:29
Thanks for the response. That is the JR-22 German spec that the FAA is said to use. The KR 1B is a little too heavy or the span is too short to fall into the spec for certified gliders. I have been told that different DARs have varying views on this. Does anyone out there have any experience with registering a glider as a self launch or touring motor glider. I can make the wing span greater but it's a lot of work to not have a reasonable expectation of success.