Fry Esprit VFII

The Fry Esprit VFII is a Swiss amateur-built aircraft, designed by Valentino Fry and produced by Fry Aircraft Design of Wilen bei Wollerau. The aircraft is supplied as plans for amateur construction.[1][2]

Esprit VFII
Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin Switzerland
Manufacturer Fry Aircraft Design
Designer Valentino Fry
Status Plans available (2015)
Unit cost
620 (2015)

Design and development

The Esprit VFII features a cantilever low-wing, a single-seat enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear with wheel pants and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2]

The aircraft is of carbon fibre composite construction. Its 6.09 m (20.0 ft) span Burt Rutan-designed wing has an area of 6.07 m2 (65.3 sq ft) and unidirectional carbon-fibre spars. The recommended engines are the 140 hp (104 kW) Walter Minor and the turbocharged 140 hp (104 kW) Lom Praha four-stroke powerplants. The Esprit has a cruise speed of 343 km/h (213 mph).[1][2]

Specifications (Esprit VFII)

Data from Bayerl and Tacke[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 6.09 m (20 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 6.07 m2 (65.3 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 358 kg (789 lb)
  • Gross weight: 490 kg (1,080 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 65 litres (14 imp gal; 17 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Walter Minor six cylinder, inline air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 100 kW (140 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed composite


  • Maximum speed: 389 km/h (242 mph, 210 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 343 km/h (213 mph, 185 kn)
  • Stall speed: 100 km/h (62 mph, 54 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 9 m/s (1,800 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 80.7 kg/m2 (16.5 lb/sq ft)


  1. Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 103. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 109. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
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