- Jun 7, 2020
When I learned to fly, in a Yankee, I took it to be a nice light 2 place fun trainer. Looking at its stats now, at 1500 pounds, it wasn't so light, and with 22 gallons of fuel, and 108hp, it was limited to 380 pounds useful load. That's at a little over 900 pounds empty weight. With a 24 foot span. Is it really feasible to cut a third of the weight and still have safe performance with a similar useful load and 30 or so fewer horses?Thanks, Topaz, for all the feedback. I am deliberately staying lighter than LSA limits to keep things affordable and get the most out of modest power: 1320 lb on a VW is very different than 1100 lb on the same engine. Target would be 600 lb empty for 500 lb useful load knowing that keeping an enclosed two-seater that light would be a challenge.