Legal Eagle XL ORV

Legal Eagle ORV in Monument Valley Utah

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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10 thoughts on “Legal Eagle XL ORV

  1. Tom Potter December 11, 2019 / 2:54 am

    Hi Les,
    I really enjoy your videos and your commentary on this plane. I hope you can answer my questions. What brand of wheels, tires and brakes are you running? Why did you switch to the radial from the 1/2 VW? Can you show a detailed shot of your wing mounting? Thank you for your time! I hope all is well in your life. You are an inspiration to me.
    Best Regards,


    • leshomanb69 December 11, 2019 / 2:17 pm

      Wheels and brakes are Black Max, tires are 8:00 x 6:00, Switched to Radial because of lower rpm at full power, 2500 versus 3600 and larger diameter, more efficient prop.


  2. Gabriel A April 1, 2020 / 6:00 pm

    Hi, could you tell me if i need to drill holes to relief gas pressure when weldig the fuselage for an xl?

    I saw your lastest video and you mention that you have built 3 legal eagle fuselage.

    Have you had any problems welding them?

    I ask because i am starting to build my xl legal eagle.


    • leshomanb69 May 22, 2020 / 2:46 pm

      If welding a closed tube i drill a small hole. on the fuselage i drill holes where diagonals and cross pieces connect. 3/32″ holes


  3. John September 9, 2021 / 9:50 pm

    I’d like to know if you have any new information about the 028 tubing fuselage. how it it working out in practical terms


    • leshomanb69 September 12, 2021 / 1:33 am

      It has been working very well, I have not developed any problems except for the added difficulty of welding and assembling. I would not recommend it for someone that is not and experienced welder/fabricator and I have made other changes that confirm my thinking when and if i build another LEXL. The .028 is a lot more expensive than the .035.


      • John September 12, 2021 / 3:51 pm

        As a high pressure pipe welder I shouldn’t have any problems. Thanks for the input, I shall proceed!


      • Tom Potter September 18, 2021 / 11:10 pm

        Hi Les,
        How much more expensive is .028 tubing?

        Best Regards,


  4. S H Kiblinget April 15, 2022 / 9:12 pm

    I’m amazed with progress you are making on the vTwin power plant for the Legal Eagle xl type! Leonard is blessed with your development participation and good on you😎
    Steve Kiblinger


    • John Donahue April 24, 2022 / 10:52 pm

      Dang! You’ll have all worked out by the time the duramax 35 hp hits the shelf! (I’m hoping your curiosity gets the better of you!) for all our sake!

      Sent from my iPhone



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