Posted: 8/6/2010 10:57:19
Hello to all,
I'm a SP student and am looking for information on any E-LSA, or fat ultralight type of aircraft with folding wings for the purposes of trailering and storage. I've been performing internet research, but have had little success. Any assistance, in my search, would be greatly appreciated.
Posted: 8/6/2010 12:20:47
Beware: Unless I missed something, if it is a previous "fat UL" and wasn't registered as an LSA during to open period, it can't ever be registered as an LSA. So, it is illegal to fly as an UL, and can't be made into an LSA, so it is just an expensive pile of aluminum tubing and fabric. Ebay and CL are flooded with these, and people (at least, buyers) don't realize they are worthless.
Posted: 8/6/2010 16:07:49
Goog evening, Ken,
Thanks for looking out for me. I think I could have better described that I was looking for info on a 2 place aircraft, that is kind of like what used to be a fat ultralight, but is actually a LSA with folding wings. But not necessarily a former 2 place ultralight.
I'm trying to find the most inexpensive way to continue flying after earning my certificate. That is the where the 2 seats, N-number, and folding wings come into play.
Posted: 8/7/2010 08:38:16
The two types of aircraft that quickly come to mind with folding wing systems are KOLB and KITFOX aircraft. You can search Barnstormers.com for those aircraft. Try searching in Barnstormers for the words "folding wings" also. But like was previously mentioned, make sure it is an N-numebered E-LSA.
Posted: 8/7/2010 18:41:47
Ken Finney wrote:
Beware: Unless I missed something, if it is a previous "fat UL" and wasn't registered as an LSA during to open period, it can't ever be registered as an LSA.
True, they can't be registered in the Experimental-LSA category, but they still can be registered in the Experimental-Exhibition category. Experimental-Amateur Built is also an option, if the aircraft qualifies. So, there are still ways for those aircraft to fly again.
Posted: 8/12/2010 10:40:51
Have you looked at the Backyard flyer. Wings do not fold, they swing 90 degrees. It is the quickest, cleanest, coolest setup yet. One bolt to move to convert from plane to trailer and back. Single seat and close to true UL with four cycle power. Good people too!
Grant Smith CFI
Posted: 9/3/2010 13:38:15
If you are willing to attempt to kit- or plansbuilt then check the Zenith STOL CH750. You can purchase from the manufacturer a folding wing kit.
Good luck in your search!
Posted: 9/9/2010 10:03:59
Hi, I fly a Kolb Firestar II, I fold and trailer it every time I fly. It takes about 20 minutes to remove it from the trailer and unfold ready to fly. Takes the same amount of time to fold and load back on the trailer. If you look for their web site, search The New Kolb Aircraft. There is also a Kolb forum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck! Lanny, FSII N598LF PS, I heard the Firestar II is no longer being produced in kit form, except for special requests. However, they have several designs that may be just what you are looking for.
Posted: 9/13/2010 13:50:36
If you want to build, the Preceptor Ultra-pup is a 2-seat vw-type and can be built with folding wings. It can be built from plans or from kit. I have also seen a couple of projects and finished aircraft in Barnstormers.com