Posted: 1/30/2011 19:21:23
I've become interested in flight again and want to take back to the air on my own and not as mearly a passenger. I'm looking at the possibility of a experimental light sport aircraft license, but would really like to start out with a Part 103 UL so as not to have to deal with the licensing process and cost involved. My problen is one of weight, not that of a part 103 aircrfaft but my wide body fuselage. At 6'5" and 350 lbs. I'm haveing difficulty finding a part 103 UL to handle my weight. Granted, I've found FAT 103's that can handle my weight, but I really want to stay within the guidelines for maximum empty vehicle wieght. I would appreciate any help with selection of a vehicle that would meet my requirements.
Posted: 2/3/2011 23:18:18
Look into Leonard Milholland's XL version of his ultralight The Legal Eagle- the original design came in 10 lbs under the 254 lb. maximum, so he made another version with larger cockpit and wing area
Posted: 2/4/2011 14:58:27
I have built Leonards Legal Eagle, and I weigh 235 lbs. I have a 40 hp motor in the nose and it flies like a lost angel .
I would highly recomend thuis plane. You might want the wider fuse for your size frame, as the regular one is a bit narrow.
Good luck. JOHN B.
Posted: 2/5/2011 21:04:23
Which engine did you use on your Legal Eagle? I live in Oshkosh and have also built the Legal Eagle with the 1/2 VW engine. I absoutely love the ultralight.... I would like sometime to see yours if you are close.
Posted: 2/11/2011 14:04:42
Try Paul Mather at M-Squared Aircraft. He builds a legal 103 that, I think, will carry you. I ran into the same problem finding an LSA that could handle my wife and I. We have a combined weight of 460 lbs. Most of that is me. Good luck!