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.
A T.U.F. VIEW
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
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
The Ultralight Flyer rates
Drifter XP-503 an 8 out of 10
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