banner.jpg (34265 bytes)

 



 

Welcome to Sam Buchanan's Legal Eagle XL project web page! This site includes construction details of the fabrication of my Legal Eagle ultralight aircraft (serial number XL-58). This plans-built aircraft is designed to be easily constructed with conventional aircraft techniques and is powered by a half-VW engine. The Legal Eagle was designed by Leonard Milholland, and plans are available from Leonard in Brookshire, Texas. The Eagle XL is the latest version of the single-place Legal Eagle and represents a subtle upsizing for larger pilots while remaining in the realm of legal ultralights.

                                                 

           xl58-4.jpg (84056 bytes)

You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add,
but when you have nothing more to take away.   

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Why We Fly (a video featuring XL-58) 

XL-58 YouTube Channel

Flying XL-58 (operational notes including the following updates)

New Gear
Trim Tab
Elevator Stops
Tie Down Rings
Aileron Gap Seals
Modified Tail Group

Construction and Flying XL-58 Featured in EAA Webinar
watch Sam present the webinar here


xl58-6.jpg (75461 bytes)

The Legal Eagle is not my first shop project. The past two decades have had my shop busy with three airplane projects, a Stalker V6 kit car, two VW restorations, a custom truck, and the occasional cedar strip canoe project. The RV Journal is the detailed website that details the construction of my RV-6 which has been flying since September, 1999. I also serve as a Technical Counselor for the Experimental Aircraft Association and a moderator for the largest Vans Aircraft online community.

                                            stalker-399SB.JPG (31497 bytes)

Sam Buchanan's RV6 project, N399SB

So...if there is an RV-6 available to fly whenever the mood strikes, why the desire to build a pokey little ultralight? The answer probably revolves around an interest in returning to my aviation roots which were R/C and light aircraft. My first full-scale aircraft project was a Fisher Flying Products Super Koala, and that was quickly followed by a TEAM Minimax. Both aircraft were a delight to fly, but two-hundred hours was deemed all the two-stroke engine experience I wanted.

koala-1.jpg (31734 bytes)

 

koala-2.jpg (33415 bytes)

 

 

 

 

max-1.jpg (22388 bytes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

These aircraft were the precursor to a restoration of a 1940 J-3 Cub which delivered an enormous amount of flying enjoyment. It is the desire to recapture some of the Cub experience with minimal cost, very little operating expense, and freedom from the regulatory restraints of certificated aviation that is the motivation for this project. The fact the Legal Eagle has a steel tube fuse pushed me into adding gas welding to my shop skills.

I hope you enjoy following the construction of my little plane. Low-n-slow flyin'.....we're back!

signature.jpg (3288 bytes)


leanimated.GIF (20642 bytes)


Disclaimer

This site is intended for entertainment purposes only. This site is not affiliated with Leonard Milholland in any way. The construction info on this site pertains only to the fabrication of Legal Eagle XL #58; if you use this site as a guide for building your Legal Eagle you are a gullible individual indeed! All aircraft projects should be overseen and inspected by folks who know something about aircraft construction.

Please submit all questions and comments to the editor of this site.

avatar.jpg (29654 bytes)

Photo-Illustrated
Building Log for Sam's
Legal Eagle XL


Shop Prep and Preliminary Planning

Building the Tail Surfaces

Building the Ribs

Building the Fuselage
Page One
Page Two


Building the Fuselage
Systems

Building the
Landing Gear

Building the
Fuel Tank


Building the Seat


Building the Wing

Firewall Forward
page one
page two
page three

Lift Reserve Indicator
Installation


Final Assembly
Page One
Page Two
Page Three

Flying XL-58

Video Camera
Installation


sam-2small.jpg (21747 bytes)

"Working Smart"
How to Maximize Shop Time

an article by Sam


Updates to XL plans


The Legal Eagle Yahoo Group


The 1/2VW Yahoo Group

hummell.gif (4313 bytes)
Hummel 1/2VW Engines

meco.jpg (11756 bytes)
Meco Midget Torch

GPengine.jpg (16670 bytes)
Great Plains
1/2VW Engines

Catalog

aircraftspruce.jpg (13447 bytes)
Aircraft Spruce

 

wicks.jpg (12798 bytes)
Wicks Aircraft

 

tennprop.jpg (22091 bytes)Tennessee Props


Slick Magneto
Overhaul Manual

Articles on Float Design and Construction

Email