The Aeropup is a two-seat, side-by-side, experimental amateur-built (EA-B) airplane with design roots in Australia.
“Aeropup was originally designed and headquartered in Australia,” said Don Fielden, founder of Fielden Aero. “The company moved to Spain and I secured North American manufacturing and sales rights.”
The newly introduced kit is priced at $18,000 and includes all items necessary for construction, except engine, propeller, avionics, interior, and covering.
The fuselage is CNC-formed chromoly steel tubing, fully welded and powder-coated, the three-spar folding wing is standard, and the kit complies with the FAA’s 51% builder rule. The airframe is initially configured as a taildragger but a nose wheel configuration is under development.
Fielden recently retired after a 34 year U.S. Air Force career and started Fielden Aero to satisfy a “life long dream of establishing and operating an airplane manufacturing business that will generate renewed interest in General Aviation.”
Fielden said he chose the Aeropup because it is easy to fly and “easy on the pocketbook.”
Depending on finishing choices, Fielden estimates most builders will complete their Aeropups in around 600 hours of build time for around $35,000.