Introduction And Variations

AeroCanard Introduction And Variations

Most people who know American aviation know AeroCad is the manufacturer and supplier of the very popular experimental aircraft, AeroCanard.

About The AeroCanard


For more than ten years, AeroCanard has provided quality aircraft parts to people around the world to build reliable and safe kit aircraft.

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

Unlike companies that manufacture and distribute airplane kits with basic instructions, the AeroCanard comes with very detailed instructions. AeroCad tries to leave no stone unturned – their instruction manuals typically have at least four hundred pages containing easy to understand pictures. This is especially beneficial for obvious safety reasons.

Features Of The AeroCad AeroCanard

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

  • AeroCanard can accommodate one pilot and up to three passengers.
  • length of the fully assembled plane is just under 17 feet, and the wingspan is just over 28 feet.
  • wing surface area measures 102 sqft.
  • when empty, the AeroCanard weighs a svelte 1,300 lbs.  Max crew and cargo capacity is 1,200 lbs.
  • the AeroCanard can hold fifty gallons of fuel and has a wingspan of 21 feet.
  • propellers are a 3-blade system designed to support constant speed with no lagging or bumpiness.
  • with a cruise speed of 210 mph and a stall speed of 78 mph, this aircraft is ideally suited for consumer private carriage.
  • The rate of the climb can be very slow in some DIY experimental aircraft, but the AeroCanard has no problem with ascension. Most pilots report that their AeroCanard can fly upward at a speed of 1,900 feet per minute.
  • Most models use a Lycoming four stroke 4 cylinder aircraft engine that is air cooled, fuel injected and provides 200 hp.


The AeroCanard has several models of aircraft kits. Each comes with mainly similar characteristics but have just a few distinguishing features.

-The AeroCanard RG

The AeroCanard RG has an estimated construction time of 1,400 hours. It has a fixed primary landing gear with a retractable nose wheel. By the end of 2011, of the kits that had been built 8 times, as 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 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 2 have 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 1,500 hours.

-The AeroCanard SX

By the end of 2011, only 1 of the AeroCanard SX’s 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 Do Pilots Choose the AeroCanard?

Constructing an aircraft is no easy task, but there are a few reasons why private pilots have selected this aircraft.

It can save them money. It typically saves pilots a tens of thousands of dollars to build versus buying an already built plane.

Pilots of an Aerocanard also save on yearly inspections, because 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 for an experimental aircraft and thus are not subject to the rules for repairs and maintenance that regular aerial vehicles have to go through.

Owners of the Aerocanard 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 offers many different models so builders can get the exact specifications they are looking for in a recreational aircraft.



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