At the time of its introduction the gross weight limit was 1050 lbs.
The Toucan is a wonderful virtually unknown airplane. There are not many centerline planes period.
It was designed and developed by Peter Corley.
On another page Bob Chapman, a colleague, gives a fine description of his previous flying and work with earlier machines.
In the seventies and eighties there exploded on the scene a new enthusiasm for grass roots flying.
People like Chuck Yaeger checked out some of the models.
Authorized monitoring of ultralight level equipment was virtually non existent;in Canada guidelines came in much earlier than in our American neighbour's experience.
So too the home-built arena grew with a new flurry, but under more scrutiny.
Probably former colleagues and pilots of Peter Corley's era would have a better grasp of his design reasons for the Toucan. He had been employed by Ultraflight, which produced a two place side by side version of twin engine Lazair. A few of my friends have owned these. IMHO they may have been somewhat underpowered, especially with an engine out scenario (asymmetrical thrust), So when Corley developed the Toucan he did not at first add much more power, rather he went "centerline" thrust which tends to remove a lot of the hazards of an engine out, no matter what altitude.
As noted by the former Toucan general manager and test pilot, no two planes were exactly alike; in other words they tended to be custom built for the purchaser. There are inevitable revision and upgrades, ask NASA.
Rumors have come down that a large batch of Toucans were due to go overseas until an unfortunate
political promise was reversed by a new government. Really though as wonderful as the plane is in its niche, one might not want fly it for crop dusting for instance, because of its long wing and weight; centerline yes, wing and frame different please.
So we are left with three Toucans available to fly, four if we count the aluminum prototype and of course another hanging in an Alberta museum. It is an experience most pilots will never have - not squeezing their butts at take off. Mind you, just as "tried and true" is a fallacy so too is fail-safe. We must all fly safe.
The Toucan models by "Canaero/Novadyne" deserve more exposure. [It is now 2015 a third one is being rebuilt.]
They flock together
& can be downright noisy
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