The Phantom was the first of
the really hot ultralights. This aircraft proved that it
could handle aggressively, still be relatively easy to fly,
and offer additional fun and versatility that some of its
competition lacked. The design was first introduced in 1981.
The Phantom X-1 allows you to pop off the
pavement after just a 100 foot roll; you'll then climb out
somewhere at a rate of 800 fpm. Cruise speed is 60 mph, and
you'll be able to travel for about 150 miles, before having
to land on the 5 gallons of fuel on board.
If you decide to go for a larger engine like
the Rotax 503 or 582 you will have to fly in the
experimental or lightsport aircraft category. The Phantom 1,
takes about 100 hours to assemble, with no tools or jigs
required. It is powered by the Rotax 447, mounted, in front
of the pilot, above the wing.
It feature a tricycle gear
landing configuration, with standard stick and rudder
controls, with a right hand stick and left hand throttle.
The high wing tube and fabric, bolt together kit boasts full
span ailerons, and has folding wings for storage.
Some of the options include cockpit
adjustable trim, spring aluminum spring landing gear, flaps,
The Phantom may be one of the best designs to come out of
the 1980's ultralight revolution. This
thing really flies well, has modest sport aerobatic
capabilities and is agile, obedient and rugged. I've owned
two and they held up well.
Very strong airframe
Ground Handling: B
Flight Characteristics: B+
Kit/Plans: B Pretty simple assembly style kit
Bang for the Buck: B