The Acrolite features a 4130 chromoly steel tube welded
fuselage. The tail section is constructed from 6061 aluminum tubes and
2024-T3 aluminum gusset plates. The wing features wood construction, using
a box main spar, wood ribs, covered in plywood and fabric. "The builder
does have the option of producing the wing using an aluminum box section
main spar, a channel section rear spar, fully sheeted and flush riveted
with 1/8 inch diameter stainless steel blind rivets." The fuselage,
ailerons, and empennage are fabric covered using standard 1.7 ounce
A one piece spring aluminum landing gear is used for the
main gear, and the tail wheel uses an aluminum flat bar.
The kit is built from plans, and can be
built in a
work area roughly the size of a one car garage. No special tools are
required, and anyone that has built wood model aircraft should be able to
get their plane up in flying in 1,000 to 1,500 hours.
The Acrolite can be powered by the Rotax 582 or Rotax 912
series of aircraft engines. Cruise comes in at between 90 and 100 mph.,
climb 900 to 1,000 feet per minute and stall below 45 mph.
The Acrolite uses standard three axis stick and rudder
The craft has been stressed to 6 G's positive and 4 G's
negative with a 1.5 safety factory at 750 lbs. Plans and materials kits are
available from Aircraft Spruce. For more information on the Acrolite