Frequently Asked Questions
1. What kind of woods are used in the construction of your aircraft?
Sitka Spruce is use for all structural elements such as Longerons, Spar Caps and Compression Struts. Northern White Pine is used for all other structural elements.
Aircraft Grade Finnish Birch Plywood is used for structural elements and areas where thin, flexible ply is required.
Furniture Grade Birch Plywood is used in all other sheeted areas.
2. Which of your models have the folding wing option?
The Dakota Hawk, Horizon 1 and Horizon 2 have the folding wing option. The FP-303 has removable wings that can be stored alongside the fuselage.
3. Can I trailer the aircraft with the folding wings?
The Dakota Hawk is over 11 feet wide with the wing folded and the Horizon 1 and 2 are 10 feet wide. these widths make the aircraft easy to store under the wing of another aircraft in a shared hangar. You will have to check with your local DOT to see if those widths are acceptable on the road.
4. How long does it take to build a wooden airplane?
Build times will vary with the complexity of the aircraft. Biplane vs. single wing ultralight. Aircraft have been built in as little as 500 hrs but the covering and paint tend to add to that substantially. The new Oratex fabric that we sell as a covering option cuts construction time substantially. Typical full aircraft build times are in the 1200 to 1500 hour timeframe.
5. What are the shipping costs for full kits?
Typical shipping costs for our kits are under US $1,000.00 in North America. The furthest we have shipped is to New Zealand and it came to US $1,500.00.
6. Is there duty on aircraft kits entering the United States?
There is no duty on aircraft kits and parts entering the United States under NAFTA.
7. What are the fabric options for your aircraft.
We supply Dacron fabric and Stewart EcoBond fabric adhesive with every kit. You have the option to order the Oratex fabric covering system that is pre coloured. This option is more expensive up front but in the end is about the same in cost as the standard finishing systems and it weighs less.
8. What scale are your plans printed at?
The plans come printed in a variety of scales. The critical plan sheets are printed in full scale so that you can put them under plastic and build the aircraft components right on top of them. Others are for reference and are printed in an appropriate scale to convey the information needed.
9. How inclusive are the kits.
The standard airframe kits are supplied with everything to construct the aircraft except paint, varnish, restraints, instruments, upholstery, engine mount, engine and propeller. The kits include pre-cut, shaped and slotted wood parts - formed, drilled and shaped fittings - all hardware - molded fiberglass cowl (except 303) - fuel tank - full scale plans - fabric and fabric adhesive - wheels and tires. Our kits require NO welding.
10. Can you put floats on your aircraft?
We are working with Puddle Jumper Floats and can put together a float solution for most of our aircraft.
11. Do you offer Quick Build Kits?
We do offer Quick Build kits. They contain everything listed above in question 9 as well as the following pre-fabricated components to shorten your build time. Wing ribs, wing spars, wing tips, fuselage sides, fuselage bulkheads, vertical fin, rudder, horizontal stabilizer and elevator are all pre-constructed. The builder will preform the final tasks of gusseting and final shaping. This will reduce your build time by approximately 200 hrs.
12. What type of glue holds the airframe together?
T-88 Structural Adhesive from System 3 is used to hold the airframe components together. It is the ONLY adhesive approved for the assembly of Fisher Flying Products aircraft kits. This structural adhesive has no life limit with proper interval inspections.
13. What are your current manufacturing lead times?
We are currently able to construct a standard airframe kit in approximately 3 months. We are delivering quick build in approximately 6 months.
14. Do you sell kits outside of North America?
We sell our kits all over the world. We have kits in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe.
15. Can I purchase the plans and source the materials myself?
Yes, you are able to purchase the plans from us and source all of your own materials and components.
16. Do you have to make special jigs to build the aircraft?
You do not have to make complicated jigs to put together our aircraft. We do have full size plans for the wing rib jig. This jig is required to put together the wing rib and by constructing more than one of these jigs you will cut your construction time considerably.
17. Do you sell engines for your airframe kits?
We are dealers for Polini, Verner Motor and Hirth. Within the offerings from these 4 vendors there is an engine solution for all of our aircraft models.
18. Do you have models that are Part 103 compliant?
The following models are Part 103 compliant. FP-202, FP-303, FP-505and FP-606
19. Do you supply the welded aluminum fuel tanks?
Yes. We have a talented supplier that welds aluminum beautifully. All tanks are then pressure tested to ensure that there are no leaks. Tanks are supplied with a cap and the builder supplies the plumbing.
20. Can you put skis on your aircraft?
We have had a number of aircraft fitted with skis. The wheel axle assembly on our landing gear assembly can easily be fitted to a ski.