Taylor Monoplane




Stall flaps down

2.4 galls/hr 

Fuel consumption


Max pilot weight

Plane summary title

This aircraft was designed in 1966 to cater for the higher power Continental 0-200 engines and is all wood in construction. The metal fitting has been kept to a minimum and build time is around 2200 hrs.


Performance even today is still very respectable making it an effective cross country tourer, combined with good handling characteristics.

Key performance information

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  • Span: 21 ft Length: 15 ft

  • Gross wing area: 76 sq.ft.

  • Height (tail down): 4 ft 10 ins

  • Wing loading: 8.5 lbs/sq.ft.

  • Power loading: 16 lbs/h.p.

Approximate weights:

  • Weight empty: 450 lbs

  • Weight loaded: 700 lbs

Performance (for 1500 cc v.w.)

  • Cruise speed: 100 mph

  • Max level speed: 115 mph

  • Never exceed: 130 mph

  • Rate of climb: 1000 ft/min.

  • Climb speed: 60 mph

  • Approach speed: 60 mph

  • Take off run: 350 ft (paved) / 600 ft (grass)

  • Landing run: 900 ft (paved) / 750 ft (grass)

  • Stalling speed (flaps up): 40 mph

  • Stalling speed (flaps down): 35 mph

  • Unstick speed: 46 mph

  • Range at cruise speed: 290 miles @ 2.4 galls/hr

"To handle it, is a pleasure"

This aircraft was designed 1957 for the lower power range of engines, typically the 1500 VW and is all wood in construction. Only a modest range of tools are required and build time is in the region of 2000 hrs.


Performance and economy are quite respectable and these combined with docile handling were the main objectives.

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Dave Hunter: G-BEVS

I can thoroughly commend to any prospective builder the merits of the delightful 'Mono'. Construction is straightforward and suitable for a first time builder. To handle it is a pleasure, displaying good all round flying characteristics and being without any nasty idiosyncracies either in the air or on the ground. In six years of flying I have completed 350 hours and 550 landings, flown to Europe twice and I still look forward to the next flight. If you decide to build one I am certain you will not regret it.

Dallas Alldredge: N 8160

My 'Mono' took me 2½ years to build but now I know I could build one in a lot less time than that. Everybody who has flown it has been impressed with the handling characteristics, the controls are light on all 3 axes and nearly friction free. I have approaching 2000 hours on my example and would say that if built as per the plans it is an extremely rugged airplane. People ask what I am going to build next, I tell them if I ever do build another, it would be a Taylor 'Mono'.

Bob Grimstead: G-BYAV

This simple airplane is a pilots delight, easy to operate, viceless, and with handling to please even the most critical of assessors. Moreover, it is cheap to build or buy, easy to maintain and inexpensive to run. Most importantly, it is sheer fun to fly. If you are considering flying this kind of airplane, be sure to get checked out in an appropriate tailwheel design, such as an RV-6, two seat Pitts or an Extra 200/300L. You’ll need to not only develop good tailwheel landing skills, but also to get in the habit of caressing the controls with just one finger and your thumb.

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