I had an opportunity to check out the Merlin PSA at Oshkosh 2018. This tiny little plane is actually very nice. If you are unfamiliar, Merlin PSA is a single pilot solo airplane built in the Czech Republic. It is a production aircraft in Europe but it is sold here in the US as a kit. A quick build kit. Merlin PSA can be built in 2 weeks or less.
The kit comes delivered with most of the work done for you. The fuselage and the landing gear come preinstalled. Legally you have to finish 51% of the build. But this is such a simple kit that it doesn’t take much time to finish it up. Being an experimental aircraft, a builder does have several choices in engine power plane and choosing avionics.
Base price for the quick build kit is $18,500. You can finish your airplane right around $35,000. The more options you add though the higher the finished cost. You only need a 65 Horse power Rotax engine to get this thing moving. And it will cruise between 90 to 100 miles per hour while only burning 2.5 gallons of fuel per hour. Useful load with full fuel is 300 pounds. Thats a lot of available space to use.
If you are not shy about flying alone, definitely give the Merlin PSA a look. You can find out more about this airplane at http://aeromarine-lsa.com
MERLIN PSA specs:
Engine: Your choice!
Speed: 100 – 120 mph
Fuel burn: 2.5 gph
Payload: 300 lbs
Range: Up to 4 hours endurance
Kit Price: $18,500
Finished Price: $35,000 – $50,000