Friday, January 22, 2010
EVANS VP-1 “VOLKSPLANE”
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 700. Empty wt. 480. Fuel capacity 8. Wingspan 24'. Length 18'.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 95. Cruise mph 75. Stall mph 45. Climb rate 600. Takeoff run 500. Landing roll 400. Range 200.
Ultra-simple wooden construction and the familiar VW engine mean low-cost flying fun and ease of construction. The fuselage of the VP-1 is little more than a plywood box. The wings use a spruce frame covered with fabric. Any stock VW engine from 1,500cc to 2,100cc can be used; only small changes need to be made. The VP-1 is available as a single-seater and as a side-by-side two-seater. It has been said that the VP-1 handles similarly to the Piper Cub. Minimal welding is in the control-stick assembly, the flying struts, and the stabilator horn. The VP-1 and VP-2 can be stowed at home and require no trailer for highway towing.