About the Corby Starlet

Design and development

The CJ-1 Starlet’s structure is primarily wood and finished with fabric. A variety of engine types have been used, including 50 to 80 hp (37 to 60 kW) Volkswagen air-cooled engines, the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL and the 85 hp (63 kW) Jabiru 2200.

The aircraft is built from plans, although some parts are available as well.Additionally Aircraft Spruce & Specialty offer materials kits for the design.


CJ-1 Base model, made from wood CM-2 Model built from aluminium sheet, developed in New Zealand.

Specifications (typical)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 5.72 m (18 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 6.4 m2 (69 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 230 kg (500 lb)
  • Gross weight: 340 kg (750 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Volkswagen air-cooled engine or Jabiru 2200, 52 – 64 kW (70 – 85 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 260 km/h (160 mph)
  • Range: 685 km (425 miles)
  • Rate of climb: 5.6 m/s (1,100 ft/min)

What People Say

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

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