martes, 26 de marzo de 2013

Building an Ultralight Aircraft: Using Construction Plans

The ultralight aircraft construction plans are designed to provide the newbie and the professional builder with everything he needs to build a small plane on his own. Each package would contain complete step by step instructions on the art of ultralight aircraft building and all the parts required to execute the project from the scratch--Photos, CAD drawings, full size fittings drawings, a materials list, informative articles, the instruction manual. And of course the details of the parts of the plane you are going to assemble and the source from which you can purchase them. Some plan kits offer construction videos and have websites where the enthusiast can register and access their storehouse of information.

The Affordaplane Construction Plans

The Affordaplane is one of the most popular ultralights available in form of construction plans. Each plan sold by this company has a registered serial number. It contains around 49 CAD drawings of the aircraft and each part is laid out in a large legal size paper in three views. There are drawings which show the user how the parts of the plane fit together and what materials have been used to an advantage. Full size drawings which come with this package are very convenient as there is no scaling up operations to be performed before implementation. 

The 60 page builders manual provides easy to read step by step instructions with a lot of �how to� information that are great time and cost savers. The lists of materials that come with this plan also give details of suppliers in different locations. A bonus article from well known aviation experts is included. Affordaplane also provides its members access to its exclusive online builders section. This section is content rich and members can access information on a variety of aircraft related topics, tips and free updates on products of the company. 

The Fighter Ultralight E-plans

The Fighter Ultralight e-plans provide aircraft building enthusiasts for a small sum of $24.95 with detailed instructions on how to build a simple fighter ultralight. Aluminium alloy tubes, steel tubing, sheets, bolts and rivets, fabric for the detachable wings are listed in its bill of materials with sources for purchase. The plans show the parts dimensions and the drawings provide exploded views and assembly instructions that can be grasped at a glance. The website managed by this company also provides a number of sample plans that users can view before deciding to go in for the products.

Aeros Ultralight Helicopter

The helicopter enthusiast who is looking to build a home built experimental helicopter would find plans for building one at Aeros helicopter. The Aeros construction manual that comes with the plans gives detailed construction prints, photos and assembly instructions to guide the builder. A bonus guidebook titled �Homebuilt Helicopter Guidebook� that is provided as part of the kit has several illustrated examples of how helicopters work and factors that go into the design of the various systems. 

A comprehensive list that is included provides information on sources of engines, metals, AN hardware, cables, controls, rotorblades, instruments and all the regulations that need to be followed. The manual can be ordered separately without the plans too. 

Evans Lightplanes Design

Evans lightplanes design is another company that provides ultralight aircraft building plans. The plan kit comes with a ready source of data used in the field of light plane design. The plans are well laid out on paper with easy to grasp diagrams and illustrations. About 145 pages of simplified tables and charts inform the user on Aero, engines, props, properties of wood, Aluminum, steel, composites, flight and landing loads. 

The G-1 plans

G-1 plan from Gyrobee is designed for those who want to build an affordable, easy-to- build ultralight helicopter / gyroplane. The construction manual provides the constructor with all the details he needs for building Gyrobee. The package includes a valuable guide for the gyrobee hobbyist. The guide contains information on gyroplane basics, rotorblade and hub designs and specifications of various helicopters and gyroplanes. The guide also gives details of construction materials commonly used, a glossary of terms and a list of suppliers of parts and materials. Tables of weights, formula and conversions are a bonus.

Panzamy Aircraft Corporation

Panzamy Aircraft Corporation offers introduction packages for their PL-2, Pl-4A and PL-9 Stork designs in PDF format. 

Plans for Boredom fighter ultralight aircraft can be at

The list above is only a small sample of the gamut of ultralight aircraft building plans that are available in the market and by no means complete. But these should be enough give you a very good start.