Loehle Sport Parasol

The Loehle Sport Parasol is an American single-seat, parasol winged, single engine, ultralight aircraft produced in kit form by Loehle Aircraft for amateur construction. The aircraft meets the requirements of the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles regulations.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Loehle Sport Parasol
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Loehle Aircraft
Introduction 1991
Status In production
Number built 82 (2011)
Unit cost
US$8,995 (2011 kit cost, less engine)

When the design was introduced to the market it garnered a high degree of attention for its very low kit price, although the initial price did not include the engine, propeller, instruments or covering supplies. Even in 2010 it remains one of the lower cost kit aircraft.[2][3][5]

Design and development

The Sport Parasol was introduced in 1991. The aircraft is conventional in construction, built predominantly from wood and riveted aluminum tubing, covered in doped aircraft fabric. The wings are double-surface, with half-span ailerons. The wings detach and the tailplane folds for trailer transport and storage. The landing gear is of conventional configuration, with bungee-sprung main gear and a steerable tailwheel.[3][5]

The initial engine recommended for the design was the now out-of-production 28 hp (21 kW) Rotax 277. Recommended engines today include 40 hp (30 kW) Rotax 447 and the 50 hp (37 kW) Rotax 503. Kit options include brakes, an extra 5 US gal (19 l) fuel tank, spoked wheels, floats and skis. Construction time from the kit is reported as 350 hours.[3][5]

Reviewer Andre Cliche describes the aircraft as "a very attractive and simple parasol design that flies perfectly."[3]

Bayerl et al. said of the aircraft, "for very low-cost flying this is pretty much it... [the Sport Parasol] offers plenty of fun for little money."[8]

Specifications (Sport Parasol)

Data from Kitplanes[1] and Loehle[5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 18 ft 5 in (5.61 m)
  • Wingspan: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
  • Wing area: 114 sq ft (10.6 m2)
  • Empty weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
  • Gross weight: 600 lb (272 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5 US gallons (38 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 503 twin-cylinder, two-stroke aircraft engine, 50 hp (37 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden


  • Maximum speed: 85 mph (137 km/h, 74 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 65 mph (105 km/h, 56 kn)
  • Stall speed: 22 mph (35 km/h, 19 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 85 mph (137 km/h, 74 kn)
  • Range: 230 mi (370 km, 200 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 12,500 ft (3,800 m)
  • g limits: +4/-2 operational, +6/-3 ultimate load limit
  • Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 55. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 61. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-44. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  4. Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 197. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  5. Loehle Aircraft (n.d.). "Loehle Sport Parasol". Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  6. Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 60. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  7. Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 115. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  8. Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 108. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X

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