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Steven Shepherd
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#1 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.



Robert Tartell
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#2 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



John Barkhahn
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#3 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.



Scott Johnson
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#4 Posted: 2/5/2011 21:04:23

Hi John,

 

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.

 

Scott J.



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Chick Bartlett
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#5 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!