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Dart Industries Dragonfly



Designed by Robert J. Walters and winner of the Outstanding New Design Award at Oshkosh 1980, the Dragonfly is another canard-configured composite homebuilt in the same vein as the Quickie and VariEze. First flying on 16 June 1980 (N5WN) with two-place side-by-side seating under a bubble canopy, the Dragonfly is powered by a 56 hp 1600cc HAPI/VW engine. The intention of the aircraft is to provide builders with a project that is inexpensive to build and also inexpensive to operate on a readily available engine. The wing and canard are built as a single piece in a jig and the job can be accomplished in a normal two-car garage. The cockpit width is 43 inches, like that of a Cessna 172. A molded canopy was selected to avoid the soapbubble effect of a free-blown canopy. A typical 140-mph cruise burns gas at the rate of 45 mpg. The propeller used is a Great American, with a 40-inch pitch and 52-inch diameter.

Available in three under-carriage options as Mk.I, II or III.


By 1998, out of 2000 plans or kits that had been sold, about 500 were finished.


This 2 place composite design can be built from plans or can be quick built using pre-fab parts.


The DRAGONFLY, in 2008 was available from:
DART Industries
PO Box 223, Botha's Hill
Kwazula Natal, So Africa 3660


Engine: VW
Wing span: 6.71 m
Wing area: 9.45 sq.m
MAUW: 522 kg
Empty weight: 277 kg
Fuel capacity: 57 lt
Max speed: 290 kph
Cruise speed: 265 kph
Minimum speed: 77 kph
Climb rate: 4 m/s
Seats: 2
Plan price (1998): $260
Kit price (1998): $8600


Engine 45-hp 1600 cc Volkswagen
Gross Wt. 1075 lb
Empty Wt. 805 lb
Fuel capacity 15 USG
Wingspan 22 ft
Wing area: 97 sq.ft
Top speed 150 mph
Cruise 155 mph
Climb rate 800 fpm solo
Ceiling 17,000 ft
Seats: 2

Engine 56hp 1600 cc HAPI/Volkswagen
Wingspan 22 ft
Wing area: 97 sq.ft
Length: 19'0"
Gross Wt. 1075 lb
Empty Wt. 805 lb
Fuel capacity 15 USG
Top speed 168 mph
Cruise 140 mph
Stall: 45 mph
Climb rate 1050 fpm solo
Ceiling 18,500 ft
Range: 500 mi
Seats: 2

Engine: VW 1835cc
Speed max: 180 mph
Cruise: 165 mph
Range: 550 sm
ROC: 850 fpm
Take-off dist: 1200 ft
Landing dist: 2000 ft
Service ceiling: 18,500 ft
HP range: 60-82
Fuel cap: 15 USG
Weight empty: 610 lbs
Gross: 1150 lbs
Height: 4.2 ft
Length: 20 ft
Wing span: 22 ft
Wing area: 102.7 sq.ft
Seats: 2
Landing gear: tail wheel

Dart Industries Dragonfly

Stall: 58 kt / 67 mph / 107 kmh
Cruise: 145 kt / 167 mph / 269 kmh
VNE: 200 kt / 230 mph / 370 kmh
Empty Weight: 370 kg / 815 lbs
MTOW Weight: 551 kg / 1215 lbs
Climb Ratio: 600 ft/min / 3 m/s

Engine: 2180 70HP VW
Span: 22 ft
Length: 19 ft
Empty Weight: 600 lb
Useful Load: 545 lb
Wing Area: 92.2 sq. ft.
Seats: 2 side by side
Take Off Distance: 1200 ft
Stall: 48 mph
Cruise: 165 mph
Rate of Climb: 850 fpm


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