I loved the Flying Flea from the start i saw them as a kid in a book. They are very remarkable. Little did i know then about the qualities of the Flying Flea. It is really a good airplane for beginners. It flies very easy and it is a forgiving airplane. It is less sensitive to turbulences.
Most Flying Fleas were made in wood. I like that way of constructing too, but ...it demands a lot of time. I wanted to create something that gets people in the air. Even the impatient ones.
Consider this airplane mostly as: put part A to part B and ...rivet / bolt. It should mostly be that easy.
Even though the Flying Flea has just two axis, it is a very very good turner. Flying Fleas are known to make VERY sharp turns if needed.
One story goes of Michel d' Escatha making a figure 8 above a American football field without going outside the field lines. And ...he was flying a two-seater Flying Flea.
There is also another benefit which i would like to display:
My real name is Koen Van de Kerckhove (Koen is pronounced as racoon without the ra). I am from Belgium, Europe. I am a ex-teacher.
Well, i am just a normal guy with a long time love for airplanes. I always had a passion for all the weird looking designs. And i love to tell others in my website why they were made that way and ...why sometimes they are better than conventional airplanes.
This was my way of doing for about 2 decades. The website gained followers due to the fact that not many sites cover these weird airplanes. The website grew with the viewers as i added their remarks/advise to the site.
Recently i got in contact with guys that could help me with what i miss to design my own airplanes. These aeronautical engineers, Predrag Devic and his team, were able to calculate the design i hope to create. Together we took the challenge to create a FAR103 airplane for a beginner pilot of 100 kg (220 lbs).
Now ...the dreaming part for me has finished. I continue my love for aviation with the building part. I just hope to see more people realize their dream of real flight with my work. And ...if it would be possible to see disabled young persons fly my designs, i would have honored a promise i made 3 decades ago.