Flying Squirrel M 19
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Flying Squirrel M 19 experimental
lightsport aircraft, amateur built aircraft.
The M-19 is a single-place,
high-wing, conventional fixed gear (taildragger) aircraft
powered by the Volkswagen engine converted for aircraft use.
Recommended horsepower is in the range of 50-60 HP. Any less
than that will probably work, but will be borderline in
performance. Any more than that will be extra weight and
fuel consumption, and won't gain you much of value. The
basic design does not include brakes, wing flaps, or trim.
The Barnard M-19 "Flying Squirrel" is the sport pilot's
airplane, an affordable, simple, reliable homebuilt airplane
that brings with it a return to flying the way it was
intended to be. Many other homebuilt and kit designs have
made these same claims, but very few have delivered. This
one does, and Marvin Barnard is the main reason why.
The M-19 was conceived and designed by Marvin R. Barnard, a
man who has managed to focus on the most basic of
motivations for homebuilding: to create an airplane which
can be built quickly and easily using basic materials and
methods, at the lowest possible cost. Marvin built and
tested the prototype, and flies it regularly.
The M-19 will probably be out of its element if you put a
full electrical system, leather interior, glossy paint job,
IFR panel, fairings, or other dress-up items in or on it.
This airplane will be happiest with you out flying it, not
fiddling with it in the hangar or shop, or tacking some
extra weight onto it. You want to go dodge some clouds and
scout some terrain... so does the Squirrel! You want to fly
for an hour or two without having to go through a half-hour
preflight... so does the Squirrel! You want to go to a
fly-in somewhere over the county line, and not have to save
up for a week or two to afford the gas... the Squirrel can
Ask yourself why you took up flying; list all the reasons.
The Squirrel can probably answer most of those except for
flying fast and carrying passengers. The M-19 represents
"stick and rudder" flying at its finest, and will keep your
piloting skills where they need to be. This is not an
airplane that you can put in a climb, intercept a vector,
and engage the autopilot; this airplane needs for YOU to fly
it. There are no optional extra controls, trim wheels,
engage/disengage accessories- this airplane needs for you to
be the pilot.
Similarly, there are no kit-in-a-box prefab parts; this
airplane needs for you to be the builder. Whatever needs to
go on this airplane must be fabricated, but the plans and
manual are very detailed and complete, and the determined
builder should have no trouble fabricating and assembling
the airplane from the information supplied. Materials lists
are provided, and Wicks Aircraft Supply has assembled a
fairly complete package of materials which can be purchased
instead of "shopping around" for bits and pieces, but the
beauty of this airplane is that you can build it
inexpensively by using your own ingenuity and "outsourcing
skills" (scrounging) to get what you need to build it.
Aviation-grade materials and techniques are specified, but
the individual builder is the essential ingredient to
producing a strong, reliable, airworthy aircraft.
Flying Squirrel M 19
experimental homebuilt lightsport aircraft
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