When building from a kit the aircraft is
supplied in pre-cut, shaped, and slotted wooden pieces,
which should take the average builder 400 to 600 hours to
complete. The kits also include all of the necessary
machined hardware, fiberglass components, and fuel tanks
along with full size blueprints.
FP 202, which really looks like a cute little J 3 Cub has
been around now for about 25 years! It is designed around a
two stroke engine with the factory now offering the Hirth F
33 aircraft engine. The FP 202 can be built and flown in the
U.S. as a part 103 legal ultralight aircraft. It can also be
built under the experimental aircraft rules. As of the
spring of 2010 Fisher is offering the FP 202 in quick build
kits where the spars, wing ribs, fuselage sides, and
tail group are all preassembled which takes about 150 hours
off the construction time.
The plane can easily be built in a two car
garage and to complete a Fisher FP 202 you only require a
table 16 feet long by 4 feet wide and basic hand wood
working tools, with a bandsaw coming in handy but not
When built as a legal part 103 ultralight
the plane cruises along quite comfortably at 55 mph, stalls
at below 25 mph. When built as an experimental aircraft with
a larger engine pilots can expect a cruise in the 65 to 75
mph range. While watching the plane perform at the show it
was off the ground in less than 100 feet and climbed out at
well over 600 feet per minute.
The Dakota Hawk is a two seat side by side
seating experimental aircraft in the U.S. and can be built
and flown as a ultralight in Canada. The Dakota Hawk has
folding wings for storage. The plane can be powered by a
wide range of engines including the 85 horsepower
Continental, the Rotax 912, as well as Subaru, and Corvair
aircraft engine conversions. Normal build time from a kit is
750 hours with a quick build knocking about 150 hours off
Cruise with an 85 Continental is about 105
mph, stall comes in at 32 mph.
Fisher aircraft have been labeled the
"Affordable Flyers" but several magazines with kit
starting as low as $5200 for a single seat FP 303 and only
$10,500 for a Super Koala!
Fisher aircraft first entered the
ultralight market in the early 80's and currently have over
3000 aircraft being built or flying throughout North America
and 30 other countries.
For more information
Fisher Flying Product
71 Marycroft Ave