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Is the Drifter group still active? Seems most posts are years old, like me, or I’m probably doing something wrong.........I’ve got a Fisher Drifter and I like reading the old posts.....

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2 hours ago, Mike b said:

Is the Drifter group still active? Seems most posts are years old, like me, or I’m probably doing something wrong.........I’ve got a Fisher Drifter and I like reading the old posts.....

It probably wouldn't take too much to fire it up again.

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3 hours ago, Mike b said:

Is the Drifter group still active? Seems most posts are years old, like me, or I’m probably doing something wrong.........I’ve got a Fisher Drifter and I like reading the old posts.....

AS active as you choose to make it!!!!......Franco. :wave:

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Interest must have waned,i can't understand how such a simple plane isn't offered as a put together kit,or is it?

colin

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I'm  a bit surprised as well....As there still continues to be interest in the design and active flyers worldwide.

From memory, a few very old threads covering the topic of re manufacture mentioned alot of fabricated parts required and the labour out weighing potential sales costs.

The only way I can see it made new is in a lower labour cost country under "special" low taxation rules devoid of import/export tariffs. I have a few ideas on that.

Ideally with a 4 stroke engine, which I think is possible in this day and age, matching cost, power and weight requirements.(even electric?)

I believe the manufacturing rights are held by an Australian company and they are pretty much just sitting on it?

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 Don't like it. Basic structure is just not nice.. No basic bracing is triangulated. 100 HP 1320 lbs.. Nev

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12 hours ago, coinz said:

Interest must have waned,i can't understand how such a simple plane isn't offered as a put together kit,or is it?

colin

One can buy a very very good Drifter or Thruster for only 10-15k now, so thats where the market is. A kit would have 9k in just the 582 and prop.  A 582 with rotax's e-tec would be as reliable and economical as any engine on the market, only available in snowmobiles atm.

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Give me an electric setup for my Drifter, that can give me the same performance as my current Rotax 503 DCDI, at a cost roughly equivalent to the 503 and keep me in the air for a minimum of 1 hour and I will fit it at the next engine change... At the moment, it looks like my next engine may have to be a Hirth,  

3202 2 cycle 55hp 3202thumb.jpg 

or the, 3203 2 cycle 65hp 3202thumb.jpgboth engines are free to air or fan cooled!

Franco.

 

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On 12/18/2018 at 7:59 PM, farri said:

Give me an electric setup for my Drifter, that can give me the same performance as my current Rotax 503 DCDI, at a cost roughly equivalent to the 503 and keep me in the air for a minimum of 1 hour and I will fit it at the next engine change... At the moment, it looks like my next engine may have to be a Hirth,  

3202 2 cycle 55hp 3202thumb.jpg 

or the, 3203 2 cycle 65hp 3202thumb.jpgboth engines are free to air or fan cooled!

Franco.

 

Aerochute have been working on an Electric model for a while, 30 min flight time. 

 

https://www.aerochute.com.au/aerochute-electric/

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16 minutes ago, Cosmick said:

Aerochute have been working on an Electric model for a while, 30 min flight time. 

 

https://www.aerochute.com.au/aerochute-electric/

Thank You Mike, I wasn`t aware of it!... Hopefully, there will be electric capable of powering the Drifter before I get to old to use it!!! :wink: ... Seriously though, I would go electric!.......Franco.

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