Fauvel AV.50

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Role Sports plane
Manufacturer Homebuilt
Designer Charles Fauvel

The Fauvel AV.50 Lutin (English: Elf) (originally designated the AV.61) was a design for an unorthodox light aircraft produced in France in the 1970s. Like some other Charles Fauvel designs, it was a tailless aircraft with a reverse-delta wing. In this case, it was a single-seater intended to be powered by a converted Volkswagen engine. Only one example was known to have been under construction by 1977, in Australia.

Options for the builder included the use of a Rotax engine in place of the Volkswagen unit, and a choice of tandem, tailwheel, or tricycle undercarriage.

Specifications (as designed)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Length: 4.10 m (13 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.50 m (24 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 10.8 m2 (116 ft2)
  • Aspect ratio: 5.2
  • Empty weight: 190 kg (420 lb)
  • Gross weight: 330 kg (725 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Volkswagen automotive engine, 50 kW (67 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 190 km/h (118 mph)
  • Endurance: 5 hours
  • Rate of climb: 3.6 m/s (710 ft/min)


See also[edit]

Related lists


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 381.
  • Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1977-78. London: Jane's Yearbooks. p. 489.