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This Site is dedicated to the promotion of information relating to that most interesting and unique little "true" ultralight aeroplane known as the Lazair

    Lazair primer
Just what is a Lazair, and what's all the excitement about ?

  - Rotax 185 engine rebuilt
           -Fun with shims
  - Engine data & specs
  - 185 Engine re-drives
  -  Solo 210 engine conversion
  -  Check out Super Lazair Equipped with wing spoilers, redrives, custom rudder peddles
      and a host of other goodies
   -  Fuel for thought    (fuel lines ,check valves etc)
  -  Light vs heavy duty crankshafts  (What to look for)
  -  Sparkplug modification A little trick that will help increase your engines reliability
  -  A report on Shannon Whitaker's Prince p-tip propeller installation
  -  Build a dial gauge adapter, a necessity for setting engine timing
  -  Engine hunting data base   Considering an engine swap?
   -  Lazair FAQ
  -  Lazair float flying
  -  Lazair assembly manual   pdf format 5.1 M

-Lazair adventures, picture diary
      - Lazair Stories  archived from the forum
   - a few pics of a trip Upper Pitt river
   - A 260 mile Lazair crosscountrythat would put hair on your chest                                                                                                .

-Lazair memorabilia
 - Take a look at an original sales  brochure   126k
 - Glossy coloured brochures with some great photos and info from the Lazair 1 to the Lazair elite (courtesy of Shannon Whitaker)
 - Lazair 1 multipage 620k         Lazair3 and elite   250k      Lazair3    206k

 - Shannon Whitaker sent in a bunch of neat stuff.
  -Memories, a look back by Clifford Kramer (reprint from newsletter)
 - A Lazair poem Resurrected from an old newsletter

-Lazair supplies & parts mart - Supply parts or service? List here
  -Mike McKusick, Professional Fiberglass Services  Manufactures pods, engine cowlings, & prop spinners,

  - Lazair Technical Bulletins
 - Hypec covering systems by Falcanar Avia inc. Looking to replace that tedlar covering ,its been used on a Lazair with success

Lazair Links:

The Yahoo Lazairflyers  

Lazair Trade center Classified 


Lazair web page

An introduction to the Lazair

Check out more pictures

The Lazair was a very unique plane in its day and maintains that even to this day, its longevity is a testament to its design and workmanship .It is powered by two Rotax 185 9.5 hp engines, one mounted on each  wing, in the tractor configuration like a conventional twin engine aircraft .The wing is of a D-cell design that is very light and aerodynamically clean, a rare sight on an ultralight of that era, and talk about light the empty weight is only 210 lbs

The tail is an inverted V  which meant a reduction in drag over conventional 3 appendage tail ,they also double as the rear landing gear structure.

The Lazair was designed and built in Canada around 1979 there was 3 series that were manufactured as kits only, each series a modification of minor improvement to the next.

The first of the series was equipped with the control stick mounted above on the upper fuselage structure, through a control mixing assembly the control stick inputted coordinated yaw inputs into the ruddervators hence it had no rudder peddles

Due to customer demand Series ll included rudder peddles ,we all know how handy they can be

Series lll saw a change to landing gear they where widened for better ground handling also the control stick was mounted on the floor in the more conventional manner, jury struts where installed to increase the negative g loading. And toe brakes were includes as standard equipment.

Other things to note The early series came with 5.5 hp macollouch chainsaw engines, these were soon upgraded to the Rotax 185, 9.5 hp to accommodate better performance on floats
the Rotax engines were adopted from a portable high pressure water pump used in firefighting all parts are still available for these engines from firefighting equipment suppliers,(just don't say there for an airplane) that can scare some companies and may refuse to sell to you for fear of law suits.

    One of the most common questions I get asked about my Lazair is" Why does it have double props" No it wasn't some new technology to increase efficiency, not performance anyway ,it was purely a decision  based on economics ,They already had a good stock of carbon fibre props for the 5.5 hp and instead of going thru a costly process of acquiring new propellers they simply doubled up the smaller props to absorb the extra power that the Rotaxs would produce .I'am also inclined to think that their choice of the rotax 185 somewhat based on this abundant supply of small props, seeing that the solo 210 engine was already in good supply,  it was lighter, produced more power and was aircraft proven already, but they would have probably had to stick 3 or more props together, highly impractical. anyway probably a shrewd decision at the time.

   The Lazair is a absolute pleasure to fly, it is perfect for that low and slow journey over the country side,it is versatile, it can be fitted with skis or floats.
The aircraft is very well designed and constructed (by some guy by the name of Dale Kramer, god knows where he is today) , some of these ships are approaching 20 years old and they are still in great shape with a little tlc and as long as properly trained pilots fly them , they could last well into the 21 century. They also enjoy an unprecedented safety record, the few fatalities that I could find on the TSB and NTSB where attributed solely on pilot error.



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