Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rafel Cortez: A new pilot and plane out of Puerto Rico

Every so often I scour youtube to find some new affordaplane stuff.  This time I came across Rafel Cortez and his Affordaplane.  He flies out of Puerto Rico.


He even posted some of his videos from learning how to handle a taildragger.  Good on you Rafel!


Edit: Hey.. Rafel found this blog post.  He says he's got a website, here it is!  http://sportpilotpr.com


ByDanJohnson's Affordaplane Video

Here is Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer's video.


ByDanJohnson posted a video of the Affordaplane.  It's remarkably low content, and I'm not accustomed to that sort of material from him.  I'm not entirely sure how I feel about him pushing this plane, as he's a pretty serious pilot, and it's not a very serious airplane.  He also linked to GentHarris's videos.. which really sours the taste in my mouth.  At least the slideshow has a fair bit of fun pictures.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Robert Dingus does a lot of math.


The encouraging things you find on the internet. 

Robert Dingus on http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com came across a mostly built Affordaplane.  And he's doing the math to prove out the airframe.  I went far enough to determine "things were all messed up" and gave up.  He's carrying things right on to completion. 

His plane is disastrously over the Ultralight weight limit, but he's ok with that, and he knows it's not an ultralight.  All of the pictures i'm posting, are his.  And if you'd like to see the discussion of the airframe's engineering, it's available in the thread, here:

http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/forums/aircraft-design-aerodynamics-new-technology/20852-square-tubing-strength-specs-where-do-i-find-them.html

It's quite the read.  And I do like the choice of pilot seat.  It's what I think is an aluminum lawn chair.  They're very, very light, so it's a good choice in this case. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A couple affordaplane videos.

That's an Affordaplane with all the bells and whistles.. and a VW on the front.  That's probably a 450-500lb plane. 

Looks like Mr Harris is still flying his 0-84 powered Affordaplane too.  Someone should tell the camera owner to polish, or just clean his camera lens..

Friday, December 6, 2013

Another Affordaplane flys.

Well, I had this pointed out to me today. 


It looks like a decent build.  I'd have some worries about the wheels.  Those look like tadpole trike/wheel chair hubs with bike rims.  That plane is at least 400lbs, and then pilot, and fuel...   I wonder if the wheels will hold up.  That was a problem for early ultralights that were doing essentially the same thing. 

Monday, April 29, 2013


Well, Mr1rapid claims his plane is under 254lbs!  We might have "someone" who did it.  Congratulations. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Affordaplane is NOT an ultralight. 

I've tried, at length, to keep my personal thoughts on this plane out of it.  But, it certainly seems that this plane, in it's to plans form, will not fly as a US legal Ultralight. 

I'm open to other evidence, you can leave comments, or e-mail, and I"ll happily edit this post and put your material up instead.