Legal Eagle XL
The new design handles a 275 Lbs Pilot
Seat is bigger, taller, and longer.
The success of the Legal Eagle had many requests
coming into designer Leonard Milholland for a design change that would handle
the needs of larger pilots many of whom were restricted both by the width of
the design and also by the weight limitation on the Legal Eagle of 225 Lbs for
the pilot. Naturally this was a head scratcher for Leonard as the original design
only had only come in about 10 pounds under the legal limit. For the bigger
pilot the seat needed to be wider, taller and longer and the wing area and length
needed to be expanded to handle the challenge of carrying the added weight.
But Leonard had been experimenting with a design change requested by a friend
for a wider seat on the Legal Eagle and he thought he could do it. With the
help and encouragement of his family, the builders, and John Bolding (kits)
and the first test pilot, the solution was found and we are now ready to offer
the XL design to the flying public.
Weight 246 pounds (dry), Wing Span 315 inches, Wing Cord 55 inches,
Wing Area 120.3 Square Feet, Wing Loading 4.7 Pounds per square ft at gross
weight of 575 Lbs.
Fuselage Length 193 inches (16'1"), Height 75 inches (6'3"),
Fuel 5 Gallons Gravity Feed, Wood Propeller (54" @22" pitch), Black
Max Wheels and Brakes.
Take off distance ~ 250 ft. Landing Distance ~ 300 ft. Legal
speed 55 K (63Mph), Stall Speed 27 Mph. Engine is the Better Half VW
~ 30 HP @3400 RPM.
Estimated cost to build $3000 to $5000 USD, depending on your
Added to the WWW 9/19/2009. Copyright 2009 by Graeme E. B. Gibson, CDP.
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