Jodel D18

The Jodel D18 is a French ultralight aircraft, designed and produced by Jodel.[1][2][3]

D18 & D19
Jodel D18
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Jodel
Status In production

Design and development

The original amateur-built category D18 was adapted to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules with the addition of larger flaps and renamed the D185. Both the D18 and D185 feature a cantilever low wing, two seats in a side-by-side enclosed cockpit configuration, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2]

A tricycle landing gear-equipped version is designated D19 for the amateur-built category and D195 for the microlight category.[1][2]

All the aircraft in the series are all made with a wooden structure, covered in doped aircraft fabric. The 7.50 m (24.6 ft) span wing employs polyhedral configuration with the outer wing panels exhibiting much greater dihedral. Engines used include the 85 hp (63 kW) Jabiru 2200 four-stroke powerplant as well as Rotax, Limbach Flugmotoren and 58 hp (43 kW) Volkswagen 1600 automotive engines.[1][2][3]


Original design for the amateur-built category.[1][2]
Model with tailwheel landing gear and larger flaps for the European microlight category.[1][2]
Model with tricycle landing gear for the amateur-built category.[1]
Model with tricycle landing gear and larger flaps for the European microlight category.[1][2]

Specifications (D185)

Data from Bayerl[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 7.50 m (24 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 10.5 m2 (113 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 230 kg (507 lb)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 65 litres (14 imp gal; 17 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Jabiru 2200 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 63 kW (85 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 235 km/h (146 mph, 127 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 220 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn)
  • Stall speed: 60 km/h (37 mph, 32 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 6 m/s (1,200 ft/min)


  1. Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 31. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 32. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, page 122. BAI Communications, 15 July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
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