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This is a SPAM FREE Group for Drifter Owners and Fans of this Exceptional Aircraft with almost 25 years of Service History

The Drifter is a tandem seating two place taildragger airplane, using standard stick and rudder control. Power is supplied by 503/582/618/912 engine located above and behind the wings.

A bit of History: The Drifter was originally developed by Maxair of Pennsylvania under the guidance of then-owner Dennis Franklin. The Drifter was designed by Roy Pinner and Dennis Franklin and was first flown as the single seat Drifter DR 277 powered by a Rotax 277 and was FAR-103 Legal. It was derived from the single seat Maxair Hummer (a Klaus Hill Design).Dennis then moved his factory to Lake Wales FL. The Drifter DR 503 was a single or two seater powered by a Rotax 503. The single seat Drifter DR 532 was powered by a Rotax 532. These variants were available in kit form from the Maxair Aircraft Corporation until 1989 when Leza-Lockwood of Sebring FL. took over the rights to the type. The Drifter can also be powered by a Rotax 912.Called the Super Drifter.
Dennis Franklin is once again overseeing production of Drifter Light Sport kits with Lockwood Aircraft Corp

The Drifter series of ultralight aircraft were first introduced in early 1984 and were one of the most durable aircraft designs of its time. So much so that Lockwood Aviation has reintroduced the design. The wire braced craft has the front pilot sitting out in front of the wing on a tube surrounded by a small pilot pod and windscreen.

When powered by the 582 Rotax engine this LSA will climb out at 900 feet a minute cruise a 70 m.p.h. and stall in the 38/40 m.p.h. range. Great little airplane for sightseeing, photography or Sport Pilot Training.

Got a Drifter for Sale, or parts?, Post it here

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  • Apr 15, 2008
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