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The idea of building an aeroplane arose mid way through 2003 after I completed the timber boat I had been building for seven years. Having gained my Private Pilot's Licence in November 2001, I guess it was not surprising that my next building project might be a plane. But it had to be timber and built from scratch, not a kit.

I researched my options and decided on a Jodel.

This web site is a chronicle of my progress. Set out below are the details of the aircraft which was completed in September 2006

This Jodel D150 is a Home - Built Aircraft, built from plans supplied by Frank Rogers - #36A

The key requirement of CASA is that “a significant portion will be built for education and recreational purposes by an individual”.

The original D150 was designed by Jean Delemontez (his 15th design) in response to the Director General of Civil Aviation (France) request for a versatile long-range two seater. Known as the D150 “Mascaret” (meaning tidal wave) the prototype first flew in 1963.

Frank Rogers an Australian redrew the plans into English renamed the D150 the “Sky Prince”.

A Subaru engine powers VH-BNL.

In recent years the flat four-cylinder engine fitted to smaller Subaru cars the EA 81 has become very popular with ultralite aircraft builders. As a step up from this pushrod 1800cc engine the 2.2 litre SOHC EJ 22 was chosen for VH-BNL. This engine was fitted to the Subaru Liberty from about 1989 till 1995. In BNL twin down draft 36mm IDF Weber carburetors have replaced the original fuel injection and a LINK engine management system fitted. Power output is estimated to be 130HP at a redline set of 4800 RPM. The engine is capable of more horsepower but at  higher revs and this means more noise.


We flew BNL from Port Macquarie to Narromine stopping at Maitland for fuel. Notice the sports car exhaust,Nissan 380Z radiator, non standard undercarriage legs. Here the flaps are down ready for arrival in Naromine.

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WID takes Ellie Coddington and Bilby for a joy flight over Port Macquarie.


The Subaru EJ22 overhead cam shaft engine, down draft Weber carbies which were later replaced by fuel  injection.

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The last known resting place of BNL is Sean's hangar in Jerilderee NSW. Here it is after a 7 hour flight from Port Macquarie