Fisher Flying Products - Producing Classic Aircraft Kits
Hello Fisher Flying Family!
Written by Paul Riedlinger   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:44

 

I want to let you all know that we have completed the move of the company into its new location in Dorchester Ontario. We have been busy over the last couple of months getting the equipment in place and electrical services connected. With this completed, I would like to let everyone know that we are producing kits once again. I would like to thank all of our customers for their patronage and patience through the move. We have tried hard to make sure that people are getting the parts and information they need to continue with their projects. We are now taking orders for kits/sub-kits and will be able to give solid lead times when you place an order.

Fisher Flying Products has recently been granted the Canadian Dealership for D-Motor Engines. The D-Motor is an engine produced in Belgium. These horizontally-opposed, direct-drive, liquid-cooled engines come with multi-port fuel injection and electronic ignition. The LF26 version is a 4 cylinder flat-head engine that was designed to compete directly with the Rotax 912. Its output is 92hp @ 3000 rpm in a package that has an installed weight under 150 lbs. The D-Motor will save you $3000 and 30 lbs when compared to a 912 installation. Our new website for D-Motor Canada is www.d-motorcanada.com

This further step into the engine realm is a successful attempt of mine to create a more vertically oriented company. I want to be more of a one-stop-shop for Fisher customers. We are allowed under our dealership agreement to offer the D-Motor engines to our kit customers from any jurisdiction within a package deal. Otherwise we will be selling to the Canadian market. The LF26 would be a very nice engine in the Dakota Hawk, Celebrity and Horizon 2. The engine is so narrow that it will even fit within the R-80 Tiger Moth Cowl!

We remain a Hirth distributor and have an agreement to offer the Rotec Radial engine from Australia to our Celebrity (Stearman LT). We would love to talk engine with you and answer any question you may have about these exciting offerings.

I would like to thank all of the builders, flyers and future customers that visited the booth this year at AirVenture in Oshkosh. Overwhelming were the warm greetings and well wishes my son Thomas and I received this year. We are very happy that we were able to show the flying public that Fisher Flying Products is going to live on.

Dave

 
Sale Of Fisher Flying Complete!

 

Fisher Flying Family,

We have Great News! The Company has been sold to Dave Hertner owner of Effectus AeroProducts. He is planning to continue on producing Fisher Flying Products kits and providing support for the Fisher Flying Community as I have.

Dave has been a supplier to Fisher Flying Products for a number of years and is the builder of a Van’s RV-10. Many of you have gas tanks, tail springs and rudder pedals that his company produced. Wooden aircraft are fairly new to him but he is a fast learner. He has been working with me over the past months, training on the manufacturing techniques unique to the production of wooden aircraft kit components.

As you can imagine there is a great deal going on during this transition and I have to thank you all again for your patience and understanding. I will be working behind the scenes for a while acting as a resource and mentor but as of today, Dave has the reigns. I know that the Fisher community will open their arms to welcome him just as they did for me.

Well that is enough from me. Below are a few words from Dave.

Thanks for five wonderful years.

Paul

 


Hello Everyone,

My name is Dave Hertner and I am a confirmed aviation addict. The purchase of Fisher Flying Products is the next phase in my aviation adventure.  I have been a pilot since I was 16 and have built a Van’s RV-10 which is admittedly quite different from the offerings at Fisher Flying Products.

I have been looking for a while for a business that I can work at with my son Thomas who is also aspiring to be a pilot. Together, we are going to do our best to keep manufacturing these timeless and affordable aircraft kits. We are also looking forward to the many friendships that will develop with our customers worldwide.

There are going to be some challenges for us in meeting the pent up customer demand over the coming months as we are going to be moving the business from its current location to Dorchester Ontario. I have secured a new location that is very close to our home because I wanted Thomas to be able to bike to the shop in the summer.

Until the business gets moved to its new location we are going to be filling plans, parts and accessory orders as usual. Anyone wanting to order a kit will be put on a waiting list. When we are ready to resume kit production after the business has been moved, we will contact you for your deposit and will start manufacturing your kit. I anticipate that this will happen sometime in July 2014. Please call or e-mail me with your interest in securing your position on the waiting list. It will be first come first serve.

I am also currently employed full time and knocking on retirement’s doorstep. This means that I am not going to be at the shop full time and I am going to be working there at odd hours. This will make phone support somewhat difficult. I am learning the aircraft designs on the fly with Paul’s support which means that I might take a little longer to get you your answers. The best way for me to support you is to get your questions by e-mail. That way, I can take my time and learn the problem, consult the drawings and develop the experience needed to support others when they call with a similar question.

In light of these challenges I can only ask your patience. We will work diligently to get your orders filled and shipped out in a reasonable timeframe. We will not take any shortcuts and as always, the quality of the kit components will be paramount.

Looking forward to hearing from you all,

Dave

 
Open House

We had a plant tour and open house for the St. Catherines Ontario chapter of the RAA (Recreational Aircraft Association) on May 4th.   Approximately 15 club members flew and drove in for the visit.  It was an incredibly beautiful day and a great break from the snow and rain we had been experiencing in previous weeks.   After looking over our factory and listening to a lecture on the advantages of building a wooden aircraft, they went over to the Brampton Flying Club Bistro for lunch (Brampton Flying Club) and then visited the Great War Flying Museum (Great War Museum).  I have attached a few photos of the visit below.  Remember, if you want to drop in for a visit we are always happy to host you if you give us at least a few days notice.  Our home airport of Brampton (CNC3) is a very active small aircraft and training airport.   You can easily fill a day with aviation related activities

 

Plant Tour

Discussion on "Why Wood" for an aircraft

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Sun-N-Fun 2013 Interview

Sun-N-Fun 2013 happened last month and if you attended you know that our booth was manned by Eric Adams of Wild Air Aviation who are our Southern US dealer.   During the show Eric was interviewed and the video can be seen below

 

 
New 2013 Price Lists

You can now download 2013 price lists for our aircraft and accessories.    You will notice that even though we have not had a price increase since 2010, the kit prices have not changed so our aircraft are still the most affordable on the market!

Highlights of the price changes are:

  • Plans only pricing has been rationalized.  For simplicity, if an aircraft is a single seat the plans are $350 and all two seat aircraft plans are $400
  • Some accessory parts have had price increases due to our suppliers increasing cost to us.  
  • Partial kit crating has increased to cover our costs

The new price list can be download by clicking here:  2013 Price List

Hirth Engine pricing and specifications can be downloaded by clicking here: 2013 Hirth Engine Price List

 
Updated Production Leadtimes

From all indications, it looks like the US aviation industry is finally showing signs of recovery.   For the past 4 years the US market has be very quiet for us with lots of plans and parts orders but very few full kits being ordered.   Starting in January of this year we noticed a strong uptick in complete kit and quick-build inquires from the US which have now converted into firm orders.  Because of this influx of business we have had to temporarily push out leadtimes.

Current leadtimes are as follows:

Partial Airframe Wing or Fuselage - 6-8 weeks

Hardware Kits - 8 weeks

Full Airframe kits - 10-12 weeks

Full Airframe Quick Build Kits - 14 weeks

Plans orders are shipped within two days of receipt of order

Small Parts orders ship within 7 days

 
Hirth F-23 in the FP series

We have a Hirth F-23 in house for a customer who is going to install it in an FP-202 Koala.   What an absolutely beautiful engine!   A horizontally opposed 50hp engine that is very light.   We put it on the scale and with exhaust and all accessories it weighed only 73-1/2 lbs including electric start!   If you compare that with the Rotax 503 engine you save 36.7 lbs.   That is a huge saving!   This engine is an excellent choice in any of our aircraft that suggest a Rotax 447 or a 503.  We are a Hirth dealer and can provide these engines paired with an airframe or sold separately.

Here are a few photos of the engine and how it looks in a FP-202 Koala

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