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RLU-1 Breezy 'Ugly Duckling' - Loads of Fun

Oct
25

In 1964, when Charley Roloff, Carl Unger and Bob Liposky designed and constructed the Breezy, they had one goal in mind: to build an affordable family fun aircraft. The Breezy exceeded their wildest expectation and almost 1,000 sets of plans have been sold.

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The Cleggs' Jodel

Apr
05

Stewart Clegg started his career in aviation at Comair where he did his apprenticeship as an aircraft mechanic. At the time he had been looking around for an aircraft to build. Initially he looked at the KR2 but that was just too marginal and, after doing some research, he decided on the Jodel and acquired a partially built one that was to follow him from job to job for next couple of years. Then UEK came on the market. By then Stewart had realised that he would probably never finish the partially built one, and he took a bank loan and bought UEK.

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CVJETKOVIC Mini Ace CA-61

Apr
01

Dale de Klerk’s ‘oldest airworthy homebuilt in South Africa’

The Cvjetkovic Mini Ace CA-61 is a design of Anton Cvjetkovic, a Yugoslavian who had emigrated to the USA in the late 1950s. The Mini Ace that was only available as a ‘plans built’ first flew in 1962. Designed for home construction, the Mini Ace is a wooden low-wing monoplane with a fixed tail wheel undercarriage to be flown with a C-65 Continental. However, 1600cc Volkswagen engines have been installed as well. Some builders have opted for side opening and open cockpit variations.

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Direct Fly Alto TG

Apr
01

Richard Stubbs’ new import, the Direct Fly Alto TG

Richard Stubbs has introduced several aircraft to the South African market and his latest import in partnership with the Czech manufacturer Direct Fly s.r.o. is the ALTO TG. Launched at this year’s MISASA’s Kitty Hawk Aviation Showcase, the all-metal low-wing ALTO TG offers arguably the ‘greatest value over performance’ at this point in time.

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