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Afford-a-Plane!

What's the most inexpensive and easiest ultralight airplane to build from plans? One of the best contenders is the Affordaplane - or 'A-Plane' as this sophisticated, yet ultra-simple ultralight is popularly called. The Affordaplane was introduced in 2000 as a back-to-basics, all aluminum, true three axis airplane that anyone could build, especially those on a tight budget.
   The design goals for this unique airplane were nostalgic looks (having incorporated the best elements of classic taildraggers such as the Cubs and Champs), ease of assembly, and performance that rivals more expensive ultralights. Safety was also paramount, and resulted in an airframe that surrounds the pilot through 360 degrees. A sixteen year perfect safety record backs up the claim that this is one safe, tough bird.

 The A-Plane's fuselage structure is based on immensely strong two-inch square tubes, similar to many gyroplanes. A technique known as 'match-hole' drilling is used to join the parts. Cut, drill, and bolt, to get a perfect fit. Many builders complete their airframe in a single weekend, an unheard of achievement in airplane construction!

   At 5' high, the A-Plane is 17'3" long with a 27.5' wing span. The wing features full span ailerons, for perfect control even during strong crosswinds, that would ground other ultralights.
   Weight is a legal 254 pounds with a gross weight of 540 pounds. This airplane can easily accommodate 6' plus pilots that weigh up to 240 pounds.
   
  Beautiful Affordaplane!
 
 
Controls are standard three-axis stick and rudder with full span ailerons. The flight envelope was designed to be ultralight legal in accordance with FAR Part 103. Cruise is between 60 and 65 mph. Stalls come in at a gentle 27 mph or lower minimum. Takeoffs are between 45 to 50 mph. Climb rates average 1000 feet per minute.
 Builders praise the flying characteristics of their A-Planes. "Hands off and in perfect trim" are what they usually report. The A-Plane is very stable and able to punch through turbulence easily. The rugged landing gear allows the aircraft to fly in and out of just about any field condition.  

  Pretty Yellow Blue Affordaplane!
 

Engines recommended in the plans are in the 40 to 45 hp range. Rotax, Hirth, and other motors such as the Kawasaki 440 are also a good choice.

The aircraft always draws a large crowd whenever it is shown at airshows. Perhaps the best part of all is the lifetime bonds of friendship you share between those who build and fly this unique aircraft!

  Affordaplane Cockpit!
  
   Plans to build your own Affordaplane have just been updated (Dec 2016) and are completely revised and new. 279 information filled pages covering every aspect of aircraft construction. You can read all about it on the plans page:
                                                                 
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