The single-place Flightstar benefits from a long legacy and
one of the most intensive engineering programs in the
business. Originally produced by a well-known aerospace firm,
the latest version of the Flightstar has matured nicely under
the direction of a fellow who has passionately kept this
design alive and brought it into the 1990s. The 300-lb bird
can be powered by 447 or 503 Rotax engines, has
light-but-authoritative three-axis controls, and a rugged
trike landing gear that has withstood the "Zoom-O-Crunch" on
more than one occasion. The 30' wing is constant chord, and
employs the ultralight-style norm of aluminum tubing and
Dacron sailcloth covering. Stout and agile, the Flightstar has
an excellent history thus far. Best of all, little or no
special building skills are required.
The Flightstar will take off at 160', climb at 1100 fpm,
and cruise at some 75 mph. With only 60 hours needed to build
this bird, the craft can be in the air and offering plenty of
fun in no time. The 10-gal fuel tank offers a 180-mile range,
and has a payload of some 480 lbs.
ZOOM REPORT: The people who run Flightstar are old
and trusted friends of mine. I know them to be ethical, proper
business-people, so we have very good vibes for their future.
The aircraft is a sweetheart and has capabilities that go
beyond even what the manufacturer will admit. Extremely
docile, the bird performs well on minimal horsepower and the
two-seat version makes for an excellent introduction to the
single-place aircraft. This aircraft was our choice for 1994's
"Best New Ultralight" and reports over the last two years have
confirmed that distinction was well deserved. FMI: Flightstar
Inc, POB 760, Ellington, CT 06029
USA Aircraft Ratings: Flightstar Formula/Spyder
- Design/Engineering: A-. Well-designed, rugged aircraft.
- Ground Handling: B+. No tricks, no trouble.
- Flight Characteristics: B+. Great little airplane.
- Company Profile: A-. Somewhat new, but excellent
customer service reports.
- Kit/Plans: B.
- Bang for the Buck: B+. A very good value.
- Risk Factor: 2.
- Final Grade: B+. A fun little machine. Highly
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