Choosing an ultralight or an ultralight trainer
- is a decision you want to get right the first time!
Some of the important criteria like performance and
versatility are obvious. Other criteria, like the stability and track record of the
manufacturer, are less obvious but even more important.
Just ask one of the many
ultralight aircraft owners whose manufacturer is no longer in business. We have been in
the ultralight business full time since 1978!
You owe it to yourself to carefully weigh all the facts and compare all the features from
one design to the next.
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This is not a conventional aircraft taking you from one paved runway to
the next. The L'il Buzzard was built for your backyard "grass strip", or summer
cottage. The L'il Buzzard is as pleasant to fly on land as it is on snow or water.
Switching between wheels, skis and straight or amphibious floats is easy and
with the supplied mounting hardware takes less than an hour.
We won't tell you that the L'il Buzzard can soar - because it
can't. It has to much strength built into it to allow it too. Which would you rather be in
a craft built to handle the rigors of the Canadian bush pilot environment
- or a
weight easily damaged craft that can "soar".
Yet when you do turn off the engine, or
have an engine out the L'il Buzzard's 172 sq. ft. of wing gives you the time you need to
set up for a nice long slow approach, with stall coming in at less than 35 mph, with two
on board .
For training or practicing dead stick landings, the L'il Buzzard's 10 -1 glide
ratio is one of the best in the industry!
2. Well Proven Design
The L'il Buzzard has been produced since 1990 and was
developed using over 20 years of ultralight flight training experience. The original L'il
Buzzard which is still flying today was used for over 2 years and 1500 hours, in a
training environment - before the first aircraft was offered for sale to the public. All
the bugs were weeded out - You can be assured you will not be a "TEST PILOT."
While other manufacturers have produced a number of excellent
designs over the years, relying on feedback and troubleshooting from purchasers - to
refine their designs.
The opposite is true with the L'il Buzzard - by remaining focused on
a single design, (and holding off production for over 2 years) rather than constantly
introducing new models for marketing hype, the L'il Buzzard has been refined to a much
The L'il Buzzard is built to be tough, reliable and easy to maintain - it
had to be to be used as a trainer, where every hour of down time is money out of your
L'il Buzzard owners have not had to deal with bent, broken, or
weak landing gear, cracked engine mounts, belt reduction drive failures, or engine
overheating inherent some other lighter designs.
3. Spectacular Performance
The L'il Buzzards large wing and 1200 lbs gross weight,
combine to deliver exceptional payload and STOL performance (short takeoff and landing) on
wheels, skis, floats and even amphibs ( although we do suggest more horsepower when flying
The L'il Buzzards full span ailerons give you the capability
to handle a direct crosswind of 20 even, 30 mph, easily equaling that of conventional
As well, the L'il Buzzard has one of the widest speed
envelopes of any recreational aeroplane. The 4 to 1 speed range from 25 to 100 mph, far
exceeds the speed range of standard Cessna's and Pipers.
This extraordinary envelope gives
you the best of both worlds, a high end for cross country trips and a safe and forgiving
low speed capability for that magic low and slow ultralight experience.
4. Unrestricted Visibility
Most conventional aeroplane
obstruct your view.
The high, complex instrument panel blocks the view
over the nose. Low wings block out the earth below while high wings block out the sky
In a conventional high wing aircraft the pilot flies blind in the turns. The L'il
Buzzard's seating places the pilots in the middle of the wing, and with the optional
skylight, standard doors, and rear tear drop windows pilots have a magnificent helicopter
style view in all directions - even in the turns.
5. Factory Built
The L'il Buzzard's is built by the factory to ensure a
professionally crafted, airworthy aeroplane built right without having to rely on your
construction skills. The L'il Buzzard comes BUILT ready for paint, and engine
This ensures a low assembly time for an easy and fun project you will
complete with confidence in less than 40 hours. If you'd prefer to do nothing but fly, you
can place your order and fly your plane away.
6. Established Customer Support
The L'il Buzzard has a solid, supportive manufacturer with a
long track record. With no middleman - you buy direct from the factory - saving you
thousands of dollars. After market vendors offer a wide variety of L'il Buzzard-specific
products and services.
In fact many of the parts used on the L'il Buzzard can be purchased
locally - the cooling system used is from a Volkswagen. The suspension system is off a
conventional "CUB", the doors and windshield are flat pieces of
lexan, and over
80 % of the airframe and control system is made from STRAIGHT 4130 chromoly steel tubing,
these can all be purchased locally!
Using parts available from other suppliers coast to coast means that you are not tied to
us and with these parts used in other applications you benefit from "non
aviation" style pricing.
In dealing with Canada's oldest full time ultralight
aviation center you can be confident that parts, advice and help are available now and
will continue to be in the future.
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8. Low Cost To Own And
A brand new, fully - BUILT - L'il Buzzard costs less than
$17,000 . This is in the realm of motorcycle prices, not the house prices that
conventional aeroplane cost. In fact a L'il Buzzard complete with amphibious floats costs
far less than the floats alone for a Cessna 185!
At around $10 an hour the L'il Buzzard is
extremely inexpensive to operate and maintenance costs are but a fraction of a general
No Government Red Tape (In Canada)
A L'il Buzzard avoids the costs, complications and hassles of
owning, maintaining and operating a certified aeroplane. If you already have a pilot's
license, you're ready for takeoff - with a little "familiarization time".
you're new to flying, ultralight licensing and medical standards are far more readily
attainable and affordable than for conventional aeroplane.
10. Twelve Months A Year Of Use
the summer, the high power-to-weight ratio and low wing loading make the L'il Buzzard a
marvelous choice for a float plane.
Aircraft with less than 300 hp are rarely seen
operating on amphibious floats, yet the L'il Buzzard handles them with aplomb, when
equipped with the 912 Rotax engine. Whether on land or water, the doors can be
opened or closed in flight for pilots wishing that "open air feeling".
In the winter when many planes hibernate, the L'il Buzzard is
in its element. The skis let you land anywhere
white - there's no need to search out a cleared runway.
There's cabin heat available to
keep you warm and neither the engine nor reduction drive require preheating. So your not
stuck in the hangar waiting to go flying.
Compare the return on investment with seasonal vehicles such
as sports cars, watercraft and snowmobiles! And remember to compare the price
of a L'il Buzzard to ANY and all American designs -
Is there a CHALLENGER that can
match price, building times, performance, durability, and maintenance costs!
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