This blog is about flying adventures in a Milholland Legal Eagle XL named ORV, or off road vehicle forbthe long version. It is a Part 103 Ultralight Vehicle by FAA standards. That means less than 254 pounds, max of 5 gallons of fuel, max speed 63 mph with stall under 27 mph. Powers is a 1/2 VW of 45 hp.
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This morning the wind was down, calm as a matter of fact, about 62 degrees, perfect for what we had to do. The test engine and re-drive performed well and we can say success. This is not competition for the 45 hp 1/2VW or the Verner Radial 3V but met to help someone get into the air with more readily available and reasonable parts and pieces. We have much more testing and adjusting to do but it works. I might add we are testing this at the upper limits of what the XL is designed for, 275 pound pilot. If you are on the normal weight side it will perform much better. Leonard Milholland is the sponsor and motivator behind this project so all information and data will be released thru him. Check out his YouTube channel for additional videos and information. Leonard is the Designer of the Legal Eagle and Legal Eagle XL as well as the Double Eagle and Cabin Eagle. Check out Eaglersnest.com and betterhalfVW.com or his YouTube Channel.
Have not been able to fly ORV for a while so finally got out and into the air today. Felt real good. To find out more about what we are doing check out Leonard Milholland’s YouTube Channel or UCkfPgVVHwfi2FSZJY6u6_-g. More to come.
Information to consider regarding the V-Twin engines, (in general). If not for weight the big block V-twins, typically 32 to 40 hp, with a redrive would power the Legal Eagle. Our final firewall forward flying weight needs to be in 90 pound area, (this weight varies on the aircraft weight) this would include engine, mounts, prop, carbs, filters, bolts, everything forward of fire wall. The small block V-twin weight fits into what we need. Question is if we can get the Hp and torque matched to a prop that will power our machine. It would be nice to build a lighter weight LEXL with allowance to mount the big block V-twin.
Love the mornings and evenings here in east Texas. Getting close to mowing season with some weather on its way. Been working with Leonard Milholland on the Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 23 as a possible way to power the Legal Eagles. Check out his youtube channel for more information.