Aircraft Review

December 2000 Issue

Fascination D4

Yet another plastic two-placer angles for a place in the U.S. market. Speed is impressive but the stall is an attention getter.


The success of the homebuilt market has demonstrated how far many owners are willing to go to have an affordable sportplane. Walk the flightline at OSH and there’s a veritable fleet of Glasairs and Lancairs, more than a few built by hired guns retained by well-heeled owners.

Sensing a market, some successful kitplane makers have eyed the production market warily, realizing there’s a bumpy road between concept and certification. Both Cirrus and Lancair have negotiated this difficult path. The latest company to complete the kit-to-certification task is W.D. Flugzeugleichtbau, GMBH of Germany. They hope to fill the missing link between experimental and production with the intr...

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