The Aircraft

The Aircraft

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Flying the Maya has proven to be a great pleasure. The steerable tailwheel which castors on needle thrust bearings makes for easy handling on the ground whilst the solid structure and sound configuration have resulted in pleasant flying characteristics. With additional features provided such as the fully adjustable elevator trim and enclosed cabin one feels really able to relax in cruising flight.

With respect to the flight performance, the prototype easily climbs 500 feet per minute at 50 mph and cruises at 65 mph. Take-off and landing distances are short which permits flexibility in operation. The performance of the Maya can be further enhanced by additional streamlining (particularly the wing struts and the engine) and by fitting a customized propeller.

The structure of the aircraft is principally of wood and is particularly robust. Wings are detachable for the purpose of transportation. The fuselage frame is a partially interlocking assembly of simple flat panels and trusses which form a redundant structure that is tolerant to structural damage. Also, throughout the airframe wood and ply stock sizes have been selected so that no special forming technique such as steaming is required. Construction is therefore straightforward. The approximate cost of building the prototype aircraft was $7500 .

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The plan set includes:-

a) Three-view drawing and specs.

b) Pattern drawing, showing all wing, tail surface and fuselage ribs and all fairings.

c) Twelve detailed drawings of aircraft structure and systems. All components and hardware are shown and specified right down to the last washer. All home-built components are fully dimensioned. Also, pitot-static system components are shown and the prototype instrument panel is detailed.

d) Manual with construction notes including line drawings showing various stages of assembly.

e) A guide to common processes used during the manufacture of the aircraft with special tool drawings and Military Standards. (Copies of Mil. Standards are provided free of charge).

f) Notes on flying the aircraft derived from operation of the prototype aircraft, these include detailed weight and centre-of-gravity requirements with an example calculation, also, hints for test flying and a set of handling notes.

g) A complete list of hardware (nuts, bolts etc) and wood stock for one complete aircraft. Both lists are fully itemized to the last washer.