ACAP at a glance

Well, where to start? At the beginning I suppose. I guess its true to say that driven by an as yet unexplained passion, I have been designing planes since 1959 when I was just seven years old.

Starting with a shilling’s worth of “balsa Bundle” from the local ironmongers, one of Dad’s old razor blades, a battered old wooden ruler and some rather nice smelling – as I remember – balsa glue, I soon had some creations in the air. Chuck gliders were the bird of choice, probably a bit rickety and unlikely to win anything – but they flew – and I learned.

But that was a very long time ago…

Here at our small studio in Taiwan, we design planes just for you. We take what we think, maybe what we hope, sometimes what we dream and make it into something that you’d like to see and feel when your new plane takes to the air.

We hope our designs can develop with you if you are a beginner pilot, plus provide highly competent platforms that you can wring the last ounce of performance from if you are an expert.

"Designs are deceptively simple in theory but a complex task in practice."

1. Decide what work the plane actually is intended for. Fast? Slow? Electric? Aerobatics? Sports flying? Thermal duration? a bit of all of them maybe? So then we have a concept framework.

2. Do the calculations, choose from our files or invent the aerofoils especially for the job, work out the moments needed. So then we have a bunch off shapes and lines on a large piece of paper.

3. Then, after that is all worked out, we get the French curves out and try our best to make it look good! Hopefully we succeed.


From manually traced line drawings and calculations, our designs are converted to CAD by very good friends - who also contribute to the final design, and then the carefully checked digital forms are milled to extremely fine tolerances before being handed over to the manufacturer as master moulds. The result? We hope that we make not only the best looking high-end sports planes that money can buy, but also planes that give the best performance per dollar possible. It’s all about “BANG FOR THE BUCK”
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