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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Legal Eagle XL ORV is powered by Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 23 here. Not the power of the Verner 3V or 45 hp 1/2VW but it is not met to be, similar to the 28 to 30 hp 1/2VW engines and I do believe it makes the cut.
It is interesting the differences between the two Verner V3 engines i have. The one on LESR 7-1/2 is cold blooded, need to choke it unless in 80 or 90’s then it has to run about 10 min before it will take throttling up. The one on LEXL ORV just starts and runs, cold or hot. The Briggs and Stratton seems to crank a bit longer when real cold but other than that good to go.
The Briggs and Stratton power plant with redrive is definitely a viable way to power a Legal Eagle XL. What Leonard is doing is providing an alternative for the lower horse power 1/2 VW and this fills the bill. With the muffler’s it is quiet, neighbors are noting. Check with Leonard Milholland for more details at legaleagleairplanes.com
It was a beautiful morning, not wind, clouds high overhead and down low floating around, dew on the grass and temps in the low to mid 70’s. This is what flying a Legal Eagle is all about. I love how LEXL SR 7-1/2 handle, very responsive and easy to move around in the sky. Wish the chase cam was with us today, but maybe next time.