Introduction And Variations

AeroCanard Introduction And Variations

Most individuals who are in the know when it comes to American aviation already know AeroCad as being the manufacturer and supplier of the experimental aircraft, AeroCanard.

About AeroCad AeroCanard


For over ten years, AeroCanard has been providing quality aircraft parts to people around the world who hope to construct their aerial vehicles.

Based out of Florissant, Missouri this well-known aviation company supplies the AeroCanard as a kit that can be purchased and put together by beginner and expert builders alike.

Unlike some companies that manufacture and distribute airplane kits that come with basic instructions, the AeroCanard comes with very detailed instructions. AeroCad tries to leave no stone unturned, so the instruction manual usually will have at least four hundred pages with easy to understand pictures. This is especially beneficial for obvious safety reasons.

The builders will be taking their construction miles into the air with themselves and possibly passengers inside, therefore, it is best to leave nothing to chance.

Features Of The AeroCad AeroCanard

The AeroCanard Has

There are variations to the classic AeroCanard, but for the most part, the following features do not change from model to model.

-The AeroCanard can hold one pilot and up to three passengers. The length of the fully assembled plane is just under seventeen feet, and the wingspan is just over twenty-eight feet. The wing area measures just above one hundred two square feet.

-When the completed aircraft is empty, it should weigh around one thousand three hundred pounds. With crew and cargo inside it should not be flown if the entire weight exceeds two thousand one hundred fifty pounds.

-The AeroCanard can hold around fifty gallons of fuel and has a wing loading of twenty-one. The propellers are a three bladed system designed to support constant speed with no lagging or bumpiness.

-Capable of maintaining a two hundred ten miles per hour cruise speed and a seventy-eight miles per hour stall speed, this aircraft has no trouble keeping up its pace in the air.

-The rate of the climb can be very slow in some DIY experimental aircraft, but the AeroCad AeroCanard has no problem with ascension. Most pilots report that their AeroCanard can fly upward at a speed of one thousand nine hundred feet per minute.

-A finished AeroCanard should also have a two hundred horsepower engine. Most models come with a Lycoming 10-360 four stroke, four-cylinder aircraft engine that is air cooled, fuel injected.


The AeroCad AeroCanard has several models of aircraft kits that they’ve made and sold over the years. Each model comes with mainly similar characteristics but have just a few distinguishing features.

-The AeroCanard RG

The AeroCanard RG has an estimated construction time of one thousand four hundred hours. It has a fixed primary landing gear with a retractable nose wheel. By the end of 2011, of the kits that had been sold eighteen had been recorded by the Federal Aviation Administration as being completed, registered, and flown.

-The AeroCanard SG

The AeroCanard SG is very similar to the RG. It too has a fixed main landing gear and a front wheel that retracts. The SG has a noticeably smaller frame with less width around the front seats. Only two had been registered with the Federal Aviation Administration as being fully assembled and ready for flight. Of the three variants mentioned in this article, the SG has the longest estimated build time, at one thousand five hundred hours.

-The AeroCanard SX

By the end of 2011, only one of the AeroCanard SX’s sold in the United States had been reported as fully built. With the standard fixed landing gear and retractable nose wheel, the SX took its builder one thousand four hundred hours to complete the assembly.


Why Pilots Build Their AeroCanards?

Constructing an aircraft is no easy task, but there are a few reasons why people are now choosing to take on a DIY aircraft project.

-It can save them money. It typically saves pilots a lot of money when they can complete the assembly themselves versus buying an already built plane.

This way gives them more bang for their buck. They also get to save on yearly inspections, since the FAA will allow them to do any work the plane may need themselves instead of seeking out an approved mechanic.

By doing at least 51% of the work in putting the plane together, builders meet the minimum regulations as being regarded as an experimental aircraft and thus are not subject to the rules for repairs and maintenance that regular aerial vehicles have to go through.

-They can get exactly what they want. Instead of being stuck with a mass-produced standard aircraft, those who make their own can configure everything to their personal taste. The AeroCad AeroCanard now has many different models so builders can get the exact specifications they are looking for in a recreational aircraft.