Go Flying Australia Podcast 003: Aircraft Kit building tips

Summary: On todays episode I will be playing Part 1 of an interview that I recorded with Mike Sharples who is an experienced Recreational Pilot and Kit Builder from South Australia.

In the interview mike gives the listeners a number of great tips about getting involved in kit building and he also shares the experience of flying and stalling a kit built aircraft for the first time.


Sport Aircraft Association Australia

Recreational Aviation Australia

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Quiz Questions and Answers (Spoiler Alert):

General Aviation

1.What are the 3 most produced civilian aircraft of all time?

Cessna 172 otherwise known as the sky hawk 43,000.

Piper Cherokee 32,778 produced.

Cessna 150 Aerobat 23,949 produced.

2.Which Aircraft earned its certification on the same day as the stock market crash of 1929.

Cessna DC 6

The DC 6 was a high-wing four-seat tourer built by the Cessna Aircraft Company. Used by the United States Army Air Corps as the UC-77/UC-77A.

3.What year did the first beechcraft bonanza fly?

1945, specifically the 22nd of December.

Now for the light sport quiz

1.Which company produces the CT series of light sport aircraft and where are they based?

Flight Design based in leinfelden in Germany.

2.According to the FAA (Federation Aviation Authority) what is the maximum takeoff weight in pounds and stall speed in Kts for LSA in the USA.

  1. Max. Gross Takeoff Weight: 1,320 lbs (1,430 lbs for seaplanes)
  2. Max. Stall Speed: 51 mph / 45 knots CAS

3.Name all the Jabiru Aircraft Available to be purchased in Australian in both kit form and factory built?

J-120, J160D, J170D powered by the 4 cylinder engine and the J230D powered by the 6 cylinder engine.

Guess the aircraft quiz

What aircraft am I?

I first flew in 1978.

I have two seats.

My max takeoff weight was 760 kg.

I was an attempt by a company to break into the two seat trainer market.

I have a low wing.

My production run was short.

I have a lycoming engine.

I have a t tail.

Well done if you got the answers,  Hope you can join me for the next quiz on the next episode.

Beechcraft Skipper


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