Compact 110
$1,200 Homebuilt Glider

As of 01/01/2001 -
This aircraft is NOT currently flying.  The information pack and plans are NOT available.  The webmaster is NOT the designer, only someone who liked the design.  The designer (Spencer) is NOT available. This page is for historical purposes only.

If you are looking for an ultra-light constructed with 'garage level' technology, visit this site: http://home.att.net/~m--sandlin/bug.htm where plans are downloadable, the aircraft has been flying for long enough that it is in its fourth revision, and there are pictures and text to prove it.

 

Bill Spencer designed and built a low cost glider aimed at the "lazy day soaring" crowd. It was interesting enough to be reviewed twice in Kitplanes, a magazine for people who are:

building an airplane.
looking for an airplane to build.
seriously thinking about building an airplane.
dreaming about building an airplane, or are.
just interested in what kinds of airplanes other people are building.

(In case you are wondering, yes, the people who read such a magazine are just "plane" nuts!)

The magazine said "The...Compact is superb because it is quite light and is intended to serve one purpose very well. The Compact is, as Spencer has tagged it, a Superlight-class sailplane."

To be really interested in this aircraft, you also need to be under 200 pounds, frugal (to the point of being cheap...or really poor, as I am), and be willing, as one of my friends says so well, to "strap your 200 pound ass into a 100 pound lawn chair and fling yourself into the wind!"

On to the Technical stuff: Here you see Bill and the fuselage which weighs only 29 pounds total. It is built of pop-riveted aluminum tubes and a plywood seat. You can click here for a 2X picture (15K) or 4X picture (93K).

This is the complete skeleton of the aircraft showing the simplified all-tubing wing option. A D-tube structure is also included in the design. Again, you can click here for a 2X picture (12K) or 4X picture (71K).

One last picture showing a closeup of the cockpit area. Pretty simple, huh? You could build this! Click here for a 2X picture (11K) or a 4X picture (69K).

 

The Compact 110 is designed for foot launching from a gentle slope into a steady wind. Essentially, the pilot stands in the cockpit, picks it up, and runs down the slope into the wind until the seat picks the pilot up!

There is much more info in the package Bill Spencer sends to you. Please write to me with your comments on this page or the info pack and (PLEASE!) if you are building this aircraft. You can get a whole info pack from the designer for $10. (Send him $11 and tell him to apply the extra dollar toward payment for my plan set!) His address is :

As of 01/01/2001 -
This aircraft is NOT currently flying.  The information pack and plans are NOT available.  The webmaster is NOT the designer, only someone who liked the design.  The designer (Spencer) is NOT available. This page is for historical purposes only.

If you are looking for an ultra-light constructed with 'garage level' technology, visit this site: http://home.att.net/~m--sandlin/bug.htm where plans are downloadable, the aircraft has been flying for long enough that it is in its fourth revision, and there are pictures and text to prove it.

Bill Spencer
20 Stones Drive
Ripponden
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire
England HX6 4NY