Welcome to Crane Planes
This website is dedicated the design, building, and test flying of the J-5DC "Crane Fly" prototype aircraft. In a couple of years, once the J-5DC prototype is proven to be safe and efficient, I plan on selling kits and flyable aircraft under the company name, Crane Planes. I believe that I can sell this aircraft, complete with a fuel injected engine and full graphical EFIS system, for about $25,000.
I also have an idea for a custom trailer / hangar that can be used to transport the airplane then set up like a pop-up camper to be used as a semi-permanent hangar. I think I can produce the trailer / hangar for around $10,000.
As I am currently doing this as a hobby (obsession), progress is slow and intermittent. I might have the prototype flying in 2014 and plan on "tweaking" the design for a number of years following. Eventually, I plan on having 3 prototypes; the original, one with an electric engine, and an amphibious model.
- Airplane details can be found on the Specifications page.
- My progress on the prototype can be found on the Progress page.
- The photo gallery has lots of pictures on the original and prototype aircraft.
- For questions or concerns, e-mail me. My contact information is on the Contact Page.