|Manufacturer||Fisher Flying Products|
|Number built||55 (2011)|
US$13,750 (kit, 2015)
The Fisher Celebrity is a Canadian two-seat, conventional landing gear, single engined, biplane kit aircraft designed for construction by amateur builders. Fisher Flying Products was originally based in Edgeley, North Dakota, USA but the company is now located in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada.
The Celebrity was designed by Fisher Aircraft in the United States in 1989 and was intended to comply with the US Experimental - Amateur-built category, although it qualifies as an ultralight aircraft in some countries, such as Canada. It also qualifies as a US Experimental Light Sport Aircraft. The Celebrity's standard empty weight is 600 lb (272 kg) when equipped with a four-stroke 100 hp (75 kW) Continental O-200 engine and it has a gross weight of 1,230 lb (558 kg).
The construction of the Celebrity is of wood, with the wings, tail and fuselage covered with doped aircraft fabric. An alternate welded 4130 steel fuselage was previously available, but is no longer offered by the manufacturer. The aircraft features interplane struts and inverted "V" cabane struts. Like most biplanes, the Celebrity has no flaps. The Celebrity's main landing gear is bungee suspended. Cockpit access is via the lower wing. The company claims an amateur builder would need 600 hours to build the Celebrity.
By late 2011 more than 55 Celebrities were flying.
In reviewing the Celebrity, John W. Conrad wrote in the July 1992 issue of Sport Pilot Hot Kits and Homebuilts Magazine:
|“||Control, harmony, and mix are just right. Rudder, aileron, and elevator match perfectly, and blend into a very natural control feel. The Celebrity has a lot going for it. It is a very easy airplane to fly, yet it is a real biplane in every sense of the word.||”|
- Crew: one
- Capacity: one passenger
- Length: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
- Wingspan: 22 ft 0 in (6.71 m)
- Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
- Wing area: 176 sq ft (16.37 sq m)
- Empty weight: 600 lbs (272 kg)
- Useful load: 630 lb (285 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 1230 lbs (557 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-200 Four cylinder, four-stroke piston aircraft engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
- Never exceed speed: 120 mph (194 km/h)
- Maximum speed: 95 mph (154 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 85 mph (138 km/h)
- Stall speed: 40 mph (65 km/h)
- Rate of climb: 800 fpm (4.1 m/s)
- Wing loading: 7.0 lb/sq ft (34.03 kg/sq m)
- Power/mass: 12.3 lb/hp (0.135 kW/kg)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 53. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
- Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 159. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
- Kitplanes Staff: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 49. Primedia Publications. IPM 0462012
- Fisher Flying Products (n.d.). "Celebrity". Retrieved 2016-11-29.
- Downey, Julia: Kit Aircraft Directory 2005, Kitplanes, Volume 21, Number 12, December 2004, page 59. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 102. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
- Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 107. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
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