Single-seat single-engined negative stagger biplane with conventional three-axis control. Wings have unswept leading and trailing edges, symmetrical double-surface, and constant chord; conventional cruciform tail. Pitch control by elevator on tail; yaw control by fin-mounted rudder; roll control by full span ailerons; control inputs through stick for pitch/roll and pedals for yaw. Wings braced by struts; wing profile NACA 23015; double-surface. Undercarriage has three wheels in tricycle formation; bungee suspension on all wheels. Push-right go-right nosewheel steering connected to yaw control. Brakes on 16-inch main wheels. Aluminium tube framework, without pod. Twin cylinder Kawasaki 440A with 2.0 reduction and recoil restart capability engine mounted below wing driving tractor propeller. Frame: 6061T6 and 2024T3 aluminium. Wing 2.7oz Stits Polyfiber.
The prototype of this biplane was shown for the first time at Oshkosh in August 1982. Essentially intended for home builders, the Barnstormer has been available from Fisher Flying Products since the end of 1982 as plans for $95 or as a complete kit with Kawasaki TA440 engine for $4355. In order to give greater flexibility to the builder, various sub-assembly kits are also available as follows: tail surfaces kit $285; wings kit $1175; fuselage kit for $1050; covering $395; power unit $1650.
Options include a ground-adjustable two--bladed variable-pitch propeller and shor-tened wings down from 20 ft (6.09 m) span to 17.5 ft (5.33 m).
Engine: Kawasaki TA-440A, 38.5 hp at 6000 rpm.
Propeller diameter 58 inch, 1.47m.
Reduction ratio 2.0/1.
Power per unit area 0.21hp/sq.ft, 2.4hp/sq.m.
Fuel capacity 1.7 US gal, 1.4 Imp gal, 6.6 litre
Optional fuel capacity 5.0 US gal, 4.2 Imp gal, 18.9 litre.
Wing span 20.0ft, 6.09m.
Constant chord 4.0 ft, 1.21 m.
Sweepback 0 degs.
Total wing area 176 sq.ft, 16.4 sq.m.
Aspect ratio of each wing 4.5/1.
Nosewheel diameter overall 16 inch, 40 cm.
Main wheels diameter overall 16 inch, 40 cm.
Empty weight 220 lb, 100 kg.
Wing loading, 2.19 lbs/sq.ft.