Pop's Props Cloudster

The Pop's Props Cloudster is a single seat, open-cockpit, parasol wing, single-engine monoplane, that was first flown in 1995. The aircraft was produced by Pop's Props of Cooksville, Illinois and made available as plans or in kit form. The company is no longer in business and kit production has been transferred to Simplex Aeroplanes of Old Saybrook, Connecticut.[1][2][3][4]

Pop's Props Cloudster
Role Kit aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Pop's Props
Simplex Aeroplanes
Designer Scott Land
First flight 1995
Introduction 1995
Status In production
Number built 3 (1998)
Unit cost
Kit: US$3,895 (2011) less engine, paint, and instruments
Variants Pop's Props Zing

The aircraft was designed for the FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles category, including the category's 254 lb (115 kg) empty weight limit. The standard empty weight of the Cloudster is 250 lb (113 kg).[1][2][3]

Design and development

The aircraft was designed for safe low and slow flying from unimproved surfaces.[2]

The Cloudster is constructed of wood and covered in aircraft fabric. The landing gear is conventional with sprung main gear and a tailwheel. The wing is strut-braced with two parallel main struts and jury struts per side. Available engines include the liquid-cooled engine Kawasaki 340-LC of 35 hp (26 kW), the Half VW of 45 hp (34 kW) as well as several Rotax and Cuyuna engines. The designer recommended power range is 28 to 40 hp (21 to 30 kW).[2][3]

Due to the laborious wood and fabric construction, builder completion time is estimated at 400 man-hours from the kit. The kit can be ordered as one kit or as several sub-kits.[1][2][3]

The Cloudster was later developed into the Zing.[1]


Pop's Props Cloudster
Original version with 30 ft (9.1 m) wingspan and 22 mph (35 km/h) stall speed.[1]
Simplex Cloudster
Improved version with 28 ft (8.5 m) wingspan and 25 mph (40 km/h) stall speed introduced in February 2011. The wing was shortened to reduced adverse yaw effects.[4]

Specifications (Pop's Props Cloudster)

Data from Cliche, Purdy and Kitplanes[1][2][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 16 ft 6 in (5.03 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Wing area: 138 sq ft (12.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
  • Gross weight: 500 lb (227 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 2.5 US gallons (9.5 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Kawasaki 340-LC , 35 hp (26 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden propellor


  • Maximum speed: 60 mph (97 km/h, 52 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 50 mph (80 km/h, 43 kn)
  • Stall speed: 22 mph (35 km/h, 19 kn)
  • Range: 86 mi (139 km, 75 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 ft (1,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 650 ft/min (3.3 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 3.6 lb/sq ft (18 kg/m2)


  • none

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-65. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 222. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  3. Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 62. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. Simplex Aeroplanes (2011). "History of Cloudster". Retrieved 8 February 2011.
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