Single engine ultralight aircraft

History of 10-0571

The Terrafly is an original design ultralight aircraft built under the provisions of ANO 95-10. It was designed to capture the spirit of the Santos Dumont Demoiselle, a pioneering aircraft in France before 1910. In developing this aircraft over 19 years, designer Kevin McLeod set out to produce a simple, rugged ‘back to basics’ machine that he hoped would be fun to fly. Work started on the project in 1984.

The Terrafly is a high-wing, tail-dragging monoplane with conventional three axis controls.

As with the Demoiselle, the pilot sits under the wing with the propeller wash in his face. The open cockpit has an airspeed indicator, altimeter, a dual CHT/EGT gauge, compass, clock, a G-meter, a Hobbs Hour Meter and fuel sight gauge.

Unfortunately, the Terrafly on display is the only example built. It was not test-flown and so information on its performance has never been established. The aircraft was donated to the Museum in October 2006 by the owner/designer.

The Museum is proud to exhibit this locally designed and built aircraft as a fine example of engineering skill.




Technical Specifications

Engine: Rotax 377 35 hp

Cruising Speed: 55 kt (100 kph) estimated

Maximum take-off weight: 225 kg

Length: 5.54 m    

Wingspan: 7.62 m

Height: 2.6 m

Capacity: 1 pilot