The aircraft is a development of the Talon XP which in turn traces its linage to the Maxair Drifter. The Explorer has been produced by a number of companies and under a variety of names.
The main advance over the Drifter is the Explorer's use of main wing struts and jury struts in place of cable bracing. Like all aircraft in this family they feature excellent visibility, especially from the front seat when the optional fibreglass cockpit pod is removed. As a result the design is often employed as a camera platform. It can be flown on floats and has been used for banner towing.
Construction is of bolted aluminium tube, with the flying surfaces covered in pre-sewn Dacron envelopes. The kit takes about 150–250 hours to assemble.
The standard engine is the Rotax 582 of 64 hp (48 kW), with the four-stroke 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912 optional.
Aero Adventure Aviation produced version powered by the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912, 1,250 lb (567 kg) gross weight, optimized for amphibious floats. Out of production, with 1 flying at the end of 2007.