Fisher Flying Products - Producing Classic Aircraft Kits
Changes At FFP - We Are Going Plans Only
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:22

A Letter From Paul Riedlinger - President of Fisher Flying Products


I have decided now is the time to make some major changes at Fisher Flying Products.   Effective immediately, we will no longer be selling kits for any of our aircraft to NEW CUSTOMERS.   We will only be offering our excellent full-size plans to people who want to scratch build any of our 14 different aircraft.   Full technical support will continue to be offered.  In addition, we will be continuing to sell items that are unique to our aircraft such as fuel tanks, cowls, windscreens, etc.

If you are an EXISTING CUSTOMER, replacement parts and kits needed to complete your aircraft will continue to be available.  The changes only effect NEW CUSTOMERS.  I do ask that you place any orders for kits needed by March 15th. 

These changes will remain in effect until I can find a buyer for the company who can restart production and carry Fisher forward into the future. 

Details Of The Decision:

For those of you who know me, you will realize this is not an easy decision.   I took over FFP from Gene and Darlene Hanson five years ago and have had the time of my life reviving the company and making these great airplanes available once again.   I have made many good friends and look forward to coming into work each day and talking with our great customers.   I love dealing with our customer base which is truly world wide.

So, why the change?   Well, it certainly is not because the company is in any type of trouble.  In fact we grew 40% in sales last year, invested in new modern production equipment and employed some of highly skilled people.  With the US market finally coming back, the future sales potential for the company is very promising.   It all comes down to time and being able to treating our customers with the level of service they have come to expect and deserve.   What many people do not realize is that I took on Fisher because of my love of aviation and the desire to keep the FFP designs from disappearing.   Besides running Fisher, I also own another business, guest lecture at the University of Toronto and I am in the process of getting my Doctorate at Reading University in England.   I have always prided myself on providing excellent service and support for Fisher's products and recently it has become clear to me that with everything else going on I simply do not have the time to dedicate to FFP that it deserves.  My goal with the changes is to allow me to provide support and products to existing customers while I search for a new owner for the company.  I do not want to see anyone left stranded without the parts needed to complete their aircraft.

With all of this in mind, I would also like to announce that the company is for sale.   With 14 different designs, a huge worldwide customer base of over 4000 people it is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to immerse themselves in the aviation world.   What is for sale is all of the designs, production jigs, engineering, copyrights, etc.  If you are interested in finding out more please feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A quick summary of the changes:

  • New Customers will only be able to buy plans and supporting products
  • Existing Customers - nothing really changes other than if you need kits to complete your aircraft, please place the order before March 15th
  • Technical Support - still available.   It is always best to use email for technical support at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Provide a detailed description of your question with  part numbers and/or plan # you have questions about.  Photos are always very helpful.   If you want to talk on the phone about an issue, please note that phone support will be available Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Website - over the next few days you will notice that the long promised Online Store will be turned on so you can do most purchases directly from www.fisherflying.com
  • If you are interested in buying the company please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

I know that the changes are going to make some people unhappy but I hope you understand why I need to make them.   It has been a pleasure dealing with each of you for the past 5 years and I look forward to continuing to support the Fisher line of aircraft.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Paul Riedlinger

 
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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FP-303 Builder Site

Builder sites are great resources to show you how an aircraft is assembled and also how others tackle the assembly process.   Here is a great site dedicated to the construction of an FP-303.   It shows detailed photos of the construction each step of the way. The aircraft is still under construction so the site gets updated frequently.

Check out Eric's site at www.buildingthefisher303.com/index.html

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