The Canadian ultra light was 12 pounds over
the U.S. ultra light weight limit, which placed it in the
U.S. experimental category; and with a little change in
engine and tube sizes also allowed it to be built as a U.S.
As of May, 2000 more than 1250 sets of
Nieuport 11 plans in circulation, and at least 100 examples
have flown successfully, in Canada, the U.S., Brazil,
Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Africa,
Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain.
In 1989, Graham designed and built the
2 place Nieuport 12 prototype, registered C-GXII as a
Canadian Amateur built. (exp. in the U.S.) With it's debut
at Oshkosh '90, the prototype was awarded runner up in the
Experimental category (3rd place); an astonishing
accomplishment for a prototype, and a credit to the
finishing work of the planes owner, Bob Robertson.
There are 6 flying examples, as of July '97, and several
nearing completion, from a total of 77 sets of plans in
Since their conception, neither model has
required a design change, and both models have been built
and flown successfully at well over the design gross.
In 1999 the Nieuport Bebe was up-sized to include FULL SIZE
for taller folks; and 2000 brings a BRAND NEW design.
MIRANDA is a conventional gear, single seat, closed cabin,
stagger wing, sesqui-plane (with a small wing below like the
At under 300 pounds empty and 650 pounds gross, MIRANDA is
designed as a high speed S.T.O.L. aircraft without levers
and gadgets to be forgotten. The unique Whittman wing tip
actually enhances both ends of the speed range, and does it
with less work and less materials than a conventional wing
The sesqui-wing arrangement with 1/4 LESS wing area has been
proven to out perform other bi-plane styles, in climb,
maneuverability, ceiling and top speed. MIRANDA broadens the
ENTIRE flight envelope, with LESS materials and work.
Prior to producing the Nieuport designs for the "home built"
market; in reverse order, Graham designed and built a 2
place Petit's Breezy UL; contributed to the design of
the Birdman Chinook WT11 and designed the production
tooling. designed the Birdman Atlas X-C, and prepared
tooling, prototypes, production drawings and assembly
manuals for the early Birdman Enterprises Ultra light
Before involvement with that company, Graham assisted in
production and kit assembly with the Canadian representative
of the KR-1 and KR-2 and built a Bensen B-8M. Graham holds
EAA membership # 113519
While admittedly a bit rusty, Graham is a
journeyman machinist, toolmaker, auto mechanic, motorcycle
mechanic and automotive machinist, More recently, a
designer, writer, publisher and inventor in automotive and
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