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Maxair Drifter XP-503

Empty Weight: 385 lbs.
Gross Weight : 785 lbs.
Wing Span: 30 ft.
Wing Area: 150 sq. ft.
Engine: 503 Rotax
Cruise Speed: 60 m.p.h.
Stall Speed: 35 m.p.h.
VNE: 85 m.p.h.
Construction: Aluminum Tube/Dacron Sailcloth

The Drifter is a tandem seating two place in a taildragger, using standard stick and rudder control. Power is supplied by 503/582/ 618 engine located above and behind the wings. 

The craft uses aluminum tube bolt together construction covered in Dacron sailcloth. Building times are reported to be in the 150/200 hour range.

The Drifter series of aircraft were first introduced in early 1984 and were one of the most durable aircraft designs of its time. So much so that Lockwood Aviation has reintroduced the design. The wire braced craft has the front pilot sitting out in front of the wing on a tube surrounded by a small pilot pod and windscreen. 

When powered by the 582 Rotax engine the craft will climb out at 900 feet a minute cruise a 70 m.p.h. and stall in the 38/40 m.p.h. range. Great little aeroplane for sight seeing or photography, a little too open for most winter conditions in Canada.

The Ultralight Flyer rates
Drifter XP-503   an 8 out of 10

Maxair Drifter 2 place sail set

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