No. 12674. Vol Mediterrani Esqual VM-1 (N46LM c/n 74)
Photographed at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, July 29, 2013, by Robert Hodgson

Vol Mediterrani Esqual VM-1

12/29/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The VM-1 Esqual was an original two-seat-sport design and produced by Vol Mediterrani SL and featured a largely all composite construction. The first aircraft, which was powered by an 100 hp Rotax 912US engine, appeared early-2002. The type was to be available in kit form, with several engine options, making the type eligible as homebuilt or ultra light (it was available in kit form) depending on the country where built. The type was stressed for +6 and -3G.

Esqual VM-1: This was the basic version, which had a so called all-glass construction and it had a fixed tricycle type undercarriage.
Esqual VM-1C: This variant was very similar to the VM-1, but it had a carbon fiber fuselage construction. Like in the VM-1, a fixed tricycle type undercarriage was used and the engine options were limited. Examples of the VM-1 were completed in several countries such as Spain, Portugal, France, USA, Australia, Italy. The marketing was later continued by Aerocomp Esqual i Sverige AB.
Esqual 2: This version was announced in 2004 and featured longer span wings and a retractable tail wheel type undercarriage with the main wheels retracting into the wings. At least a prototype had been built by Vol Mediterrani by the time the company ceased operations shortly afterwards.
Frankensqual: This nickname was used for a VM-1 which was used to test the wings designed for the Arion Lightning. The experimental aircraft was constructed by Arion Aircraft, LLC in the USA and it made its first flight during 2005.

In 2006 the production rights were acquired by the Belgian company of Limair which planned to make the Equal available both in kit form and as ready-to-fly aircraft. However, the company did not build a single example and it ceased operations the following year. Around 2008 the rights were acquired by the Swedish-owned Aerocomp AB and this company offered the type with several engine options. The first Aerocomp aircraft was flown on July 8, 2009. The VM-1 was still being marketed in 2014 by Aerocomp Esqual i Sverige AB. The pictured aircraft was built by Larry Mitchell and completed in 2007, it received its CofA on February 21, 2007."

Created December 29, 2014