Zing Plans are $99 with FREE
shipping. Plans are professionally drawn and include all the information
needed to build a complete, safe, and flyable aircraft. The plans
consist detailed drawings on 11″ x 17″ paper printed and spiral
bound. The drawings are accompanied by a detailed construction manual
which is printed on standard 8.5″ x 11″ size paper and spiral bound.
Plans are always being updated to reflect error corrections and more
instructions or drawings to add clarification to the already tested
design. All plans sold by Simplex Aeroplanes include technical
assistance and free updates as they become available.
Construction techniques are of the old-fashioned, tried and true wood
truss and plywood gusset method. It is very simple, and builds quickly.
Actual construction time will vary from builder to builder, depending
on if you are building from a kit or from plans, the tools you have
available, and your personal skills. However, expect 350-500 hrs
depending on your individual situation.
If you have ever built a balsa-wood model airplane, a back yard deck,
a shed, or any other wood structure, then you have the experience
required to build this “full-scale” airplane.
The Zing was designed to fly behind a 30-45 hp engine, the airplane
gets off the ground in about 75 feet, lifting off at about 25 mph. With a
35 hp Kawasaki 340 engine it’s not uncommon to see a climb out speed of
45 mph at 900 feet per minute, with cruise coming in at around 60-65
mph depending on your engine and prop combination. The original
designer, Scott Land, reports that with the 35 hp Kawasaki 340 Liquid
cooled engine he got the best performance. He was swinging an IVO prop
with a 2.8:1 reduction drive. Top speed was 75mph at 6650 rpms. His
cruise was 60-65mph at 5800 rpms.
Visibility is outstanding and landings are a snap with the aluminum,
one piece gear. No nasty habits and a 27mph power on stall give the
pilot a safe, secure feeling. Ground steering is very positive with no
tendencies to want to ground loop.
The Zing was designed as a sleek ultralight parasol to give the
competition a run for their money. With the sleek custom cowling, one
piece landing gear, and somewhat large and unique vertical stabilizer,
it stands out from the crowd as a show stopper and true winner. Similar
to its older brother, the Cloudster, it was designed to fly on low
power for those who enjoy low and slow morning flying at minimum cost.
The profile fuselage and narrow cowling provide a clean aerodynamic
The major components of the plane are all wood with various aluminum
fittings, landing gear, and aluminum struts. The plane is available as
either plans only, full kit or as sub component kits. The airplanes
construction is very similar to that of a wood model aircraft, and can
be built by anyone using standard hand tools (though more tools are better), in an area as small as a 1 car garage and take 350-500 hrs to complete depending on skills, tooling, and work habit. Don’t delay any longer, now is a great time to
start building a plane you can actually afford to build and one you will
Kits are also now available – see our website -www.simplexaero.com for details.
You can also see a youtube video which features this airplane and the original designer - http://youtu.be/ie9IOC3I3EY