Buzzman L'il Buzzard

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Buzzman L'il Buzzard
L'il Hustler Aviation L'il Buzzard C-IGYM 04.JPG
L'il Hustler Aviation L'il Buzzard
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Buzzman ARVS
L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation
Designer Jesse Anglen (J-6 Karatoo)[1]
Dave Loveman, Ted Van Erp (L'il Buzzard development)[2]
Introduction 1990
Status In production
Produced 1990-present
Number built 100 (June 2002)
Unit cost
C$$36,960.00 (typical Li'l Buzzard TWS 582 complete aircraft 2011)[3]
Developed from Anglin J6 Karatoo
L'il Hustler Aviation L'il Buzzard
L'il Hustler Aviation L'il Buzzard
L'il Hustler Aviation L'il Buzzard

The Buzzman L'il Buzzard is a Canadian, two seat side-by-side configuration, high wing, strut-braced, conventional landing gear, tractor configuration, ultralight aircraft, originally manufactured by Buzzman ARVS and later by L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation of Holland Landing, Ontario. The aircraft is sold mostly assembled, less only paint, engine and instruments.[2][4]

The aircraft is unusual in that the manufacturer offers the airframe for sale without any warranty and without shipping insurance.[5][6]

Design and development[edit]

A development of the 1982 vintage Anglin J6 Karatoo, the L'il Buzzard was introduced in 1990. The design goals included low-cost, durability in the trainer role, fast construction time and ease of maintenance. Because it is not on the list of approved advanced ultralights and, being delivered fully assembled is not eligible for registration as an amateur-built aircraft, Canadian registered L'il Buzzards are basic ultralights.[2][4]

The aircraft is constructed with a welded 4130 steel tube fuselage and aluminium wings, built up from a D-cell on an I-beam spar. The aircraft is covered with painted aircraft fabric. The wing is braced by a V-strut with jury struts. The landing gear is of taildragger configuration, with bungee suspended main wheels and a sprung, steerable tailwheel. The aircraft has standard dual controls, adjustable left hand control stick, adjustable seats and a 44 in (112 cm) wide cabin. Flaperons are optional and reduce the stall speed to 27 mph (43 km/h) from 35 mph (56 km/h).[4][7]

The aircraft comes with float fittings welded onto the airframe and can also be operated on skis. The standard engine is the 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582, but engines up to 100 hp (75 kW) can be fitted.[4]

The company claims a 40-hour assembly time from the supplied completed airframe to install the engine and paint the aircraft.[3]

Operational history[edit]

The manufacturer claimed that by 2002 one hundred aircraft had been delivered to customers.[2] In November 2016 there were 19 L'il Buzzard variants registered in Canada, comprising 15 L'il Buzzards, two L'il Hustlers and two L'il Hustler SS models.[8]


L'il Buzzard
Basic version with a 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine.[4]
L'il Buzzard TWS 582
Improved version with a 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 engine.[3]
Lil Hustler
Equipped with an 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL engine.[9]
Lil Hustler SS
Equipped with an 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS engine.[9]
L'il Hustler TR
Tricycle gear version[10]

Specifications (L'il Buzzard)[edit]

Data from Cliche[4] and L'il Hustler[7]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)
  • Wing area: 172 sq ft (16.0 m2)
  • Empty weight: 500 lb (227 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,200 lb (544 kg) in the Canadian basic ultralight category, 1500 lbs in the amateur-built category.
  • Fuel capacity: 10 US gallons (38 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 , 64 hp (48 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden fixed pitch


  • Cruise speed: 80 mph (129 km/h; 70 kn)
  • Stall speed: 35 mph (56 km/h; 30 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 120 mph (193 km/h; 104 kn)
  • Range: 350 mi (304 nmi; 563 km)
  • Rate of climb: 700 ft/min (3.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 6.98 lb/sq ft (34.1 kg/m2)


  • none

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 60. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation (June 2002). "L'il Buzzard, Miss Behaving 100th kit delivered since 1990.". Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation (n.d.). "L'il Buzzard TWS 582 ultralight aircraft,". Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-90. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  5. ^ L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation (n.d.). "warranty". Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  6. ^ L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation (n.d.). "Our policy on aircraft delivery, pilot flight training, aircraft registration, aircraft insurance, and float planes". Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation (n.d.). "L'il Buzzard ultralight". Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Transport Canada (11 November 2016). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register". Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation (n.d.). "L'il Hustler two place ultralight trainer". Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  10. ^ L'il Hustler Ultralight Aviation (n.d.). "L'il Buzzard". Retrieved 10 February 2011. 

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