Welcome to the RTFM-Aero web site. Nice to have you along. This site is devoted to the RTFM-Aero aircraft – but you will also find discussions ranging from engines to new aircraft designs, from flying stories to just plain old hangar talk. Enjoy.
OUR PLANES – a quick overview:
The F2-X (F2=”fits two”, X-wing). This is a recreational aircraft designed by Duncan Meyer, Brisbane, Australia. This venture started out as a personal project born out of a desire to fly exciting, sexy aircraft on a working man’s budget, and has evolved into a kit aircraft. We see no reason why an aircraft should cost more than the average family car, so no effort is being spared to keep costs realistic.
What makes RTFM aircraft so exciting?
- They are FAST… You’ll be cruising at 140kts – on only 80hp
- All composite construction, carbon fibre spar and extremely low parts count
- Distinctively sexy looks. And let’s face it, good looks count.
- Outstanding “fighter” like performance. Fully aerobatic. Extremely cheap to run.
- And all the non-RTFM parts are available from Aircraft Spruce – meaning very quick and cheap to build.
- Configuration: F2-X : side-by-side seating. Tricycle undercarriage. Tractor (engine up front). X-wing.
- Powerplants: The preliminary specs call for an 85hp – 120hp engine. The critical thing isn’t the HP, but the weight. We need an engine weighing close to 165lbs (75kg), in order for the CG to end up where it is supposed to. Front runners at the moment are the BMW R1200 (available from Germany), or one of the VW aero-converted options (Great Plains, Aerovee, Revmaster…)
These are very small planes. Without a 3-D rendered model, it is difficult to appreciate just how small the FX-2 is. By comparison, a Cessna 150 (considered a verysmall airplane) is 23ft long. The FX-2 is 14ft in length. The Questair Venture – considered by many as the smallest two-seat airplane around is 16ft 3in long.
Small means light, inexpensive, easy to hangar, fast. But not cramped. Fully 47 inches wide at the shoulders… With a fineness ratio of only 3.5, the air is going to LOVE this plane.
And small means quick to build. The kits will ship with all composite parts (fuselage, tail, spinner, seat, panel, spar, wings) fully complete. This will be a bolt together, fit out the internals, bolt on the engine, and undercarriage – and wheel it out to start your taxi testing type of plane. None of this “I’ve been building for X years” nonsense. Start it at the beginning of your holiday break. Fly it before you have to return to work.
When will it be available? Hold yer horses, mate… It takes a long time to design something like this – but we’re working on it.
Factory prototype status: DISASTER strikes!
The plug for the mold was complete and the ready for the molds to be taken. Getting this far had been more art than science, and took many hundreds of hours of painstaking detail work. And then the worst storm in 30 years hit Brisbane out of a blue sky. The plug was outside for final buffing when the storm struck with little or no warning. Within seconds, tennis ball sized hail was pounding down. My car roof (also outside) looked like someone had taken a hammer to it. But the plug was completely destroyed before I could drag it back into the workshop. Over 18 months of painstaking work gone in seconds.
I had no choice but to abandon the mold, and start again.
This time, however (having learned many lessons along the way) the process will be short and sweet. I’m hoping to be in a position to take molds from the new plug in two or three months from starting.