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Ultralight affordability

PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:04 pm
by marcinband
I am a starving professional pilot who is starving to fly for real, again.  No more of this Autopilot B.S.
I have been fascinated by ultralights for a long time, and am curious if there is a model out there that is definitively the lowest cost operator, and lowest cost to own.  I understand they are not too difficult to construct.  Any info you may all have would be very much appreciated.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:27 am
by prasunsen
I would advise you to search for microlights, especially if you don't mind buying an used one. There are second hand microlight airplanes which cost just $4 - $5k

PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:30 am
by prasunsen
I don't know if this will be allowed, because the site is mine, but this article perfectly answers your question about the prices: ... 5E%5E.html


PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:03 pm
by planecrazzzy
Kolbs are good flying planes....They have a UL called Firefly....

Mike in MN
Kolb - Firestar II / N381pm

PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:31 am
by Sean_Caranna
Affordaplanes can be built easily and on the cheep.  
If you need IFR time or just don't have the time or inclination to build there are still plenty of options.
A good Cessna 150 or 152 can be had for $15,000 - $20,000.
For $20k to $30k the options include the PIPER CHEROKEE 140, PIPER TOMAHAWK, GRUMMAN/AMERICAN GENERAL AA1B, ERCOUPE 415, CESSNA 140, and the nicest CESSNA 150/152

PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:28 pm
by oldjimjh
I'm a starving retiree...  I may be old fashioned, but ..

the Evans Volksplane still  looks to me a practical entry level project.

The VP2 I am told by a man who flew one twenty years, is  miserable as a two place but a delightful and docile single place craft.   And you can take a friend up. And you could teach your kids to fly in it.

To that end I bought a set of plans, and two old porsche 914 engines...... total so far about $190.
old jim himself


PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:09 pm
by planecrazzzy
Before I discided on my Kolb.... I was looking at the "Fisher" 303 I think it was....Fisher has some very good & strong
designs.....Fair price too

                               Gotta Fly...
                                                Mike in MN

PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:33 pm
by Sean_Caranna
About two years ago a Wings Forum member in MN let me fly his Fisher FP-202.  

Wish I could remember his name...  If you read this remind me.

Great little bird.  Took off and hit 700fpm climb even with my heavy 250 lb arse!

Cheap UL

PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:10 pm
by planecrazzzy
Here's one that'll git you off the ground....

Gotta Fly...
Mike in MN