Introduction to Ultralight Aviation

Database Of Ultralight, Homebuilt, and Experimental Aircraft

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Carlson Sparrow

Carlson Sparrow is a high-wing ultralight airplane compatible with Part 103. The aircraft is manufactured by Carlson Aircraft Inc. The site is very much out of date so it's hard to say whether this company is still active.

General characteristics:

  • Its empty weight is 254 lb (115 kg) so it qualifies as ultralight.
  • Its maximum speed is 63 mph (101 km/h).
  • Its cruise speed is 58 mph (93 km/h; 50 kn).
  • Its fuel capacity is 5 US gallons (19 litres) and range is 230 mi.
  • The wingspan is 30 ft 3 in (9.22 m).

Carlson Sparrow is available in several variations: Sparrow Ultralight, Sparrow II which is a two-seater, Sparrow Sport Special, and Sparrow II XTC. The plane is first built in 1987 and its current status is unfortunately out of production.