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The Affordaplane is the creation of Dave Edwards of Riverview Florida.

His goal "combine the best innovations to come from the ultralight industry, to create a rugged, bolt together ultralight, with a build time of right around 150 hours, without any special jigs or elaborate setups."

When you consider he built the original prototype in his "single wide mobile home" you have to give him A for effort. The Affordaplane is a single seat ultralight. Fuselage construction uses two inch square T 6-6061 T-6 tubing, and is bolted together with AN 3 and 4 bolts using gusset plates.

The wings are use "cross brace ladder style construction, with foam ribs, and  1  1/2 inch cap strips. Covering is heat shrink dacron. Building time is estimated to be in the 150 to 200 hour range, with the completed plane's estimated price at around $2,000 minus engine and instruments. Controls are standard stick and rudder, with ailerons. 

As of April 2000 the prototype is in the "test flight stage" is powered by the 277 single cylinder 27 hp Rotax engine, but the plane is designed to handle engines with weights from 85 to 90 lbs, which would include the Kawaskai 340/440 Rotax 277/377/447 Hirth, 2si etc.

With these engines empty weight comes in at between 245 and 254 lbs, with the gross weight for the plane pegged at 500 lbs. Wingspan is 27 feet 5 inches, wing area 123 sq ft, cruise 55 mph and stall 26 mph. 

The plans consist of 35 sheets of 28 x 11 full size drawings, an A to Z builders manual, a materials list.

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