Dart Skycycle

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Dart Skycycle
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Dart Aircraft
Designer Robert Dart
Introduction 1985
Status Production completed

The Dart Skycycle is an American single-seat, high wing, strut-braced, single-engine, conventional landing gear ultralight aircraft that was designed by Robert Dart and produced by Dart Aircraft of Mayville, New York for amateur construction.[1]

Design and development[edit]

Introduced in 1985, the Skycycle is a single-seater designed as an FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles-compliant aircraft with an empty weight within that category's 254 lb (115 kg) empty weight limit.[1]

The aircraft has a 4130 steel tube frame fuselage and a wing constructed from spruce, all covered in doped fabric. The landing gear is bungee-suspended. The Skycycle can be built with an open cockpit or fully enclosed, allowing flying in cooler weather. The Skycycle was available as plans only or with some prefabricated components, such as the welded fuselage or assembled wings already completed. The standard engine specified was the 28 hp (21 kW) Rotax 277.[1]

Reviewer Andre Cliche wrote: "The Skycycle is an ultralight-legal aircraft that resembles the average taildraggers of the 40’s and 50’s. It looks like a 'real airplane' and should satisfy the more conservative pilots who hesitate to fly 'coIorful lawn chairs' as basic ultralights are sometimes called. It is a good all-around ultralight that is easy to fly and cheap to operate."[1]

Specifications (Skycycle)[edit]

Data from Cliche[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 20 ft 0 in (6.10 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
  • Wing area: 145 sq ft (13.5 m2)
  • Empty weight: 253 lb (115 kg)
  • Gross weight: 543 lb (246 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5 US gallons (19 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 277 , 28 hp (21 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden


  • Cruise speed: 55 mph (89 km/h; 48 kn)
  • Stall speed: 27 mph (43 km/h; 23 kn)
  • Wing loading: 3.8 lb/sq ft (19 kg/m2)

See also[edit]

Aircraft with the same name:

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b c d e Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-53. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4