The Minibat was available as fast-build kits for the homebuilder, assembly was said to require only 5 - 10 days using moulded parts. A powered version was planned, using a 3 hp chain saw sustainer engine mounted behind the cockpit and driving a pusher propeller mounted in a slot between the fin and rudder. The Minibat was not a self-launching design but the engine was intended, after launch by auto-tow, winch or bungee, to provide a positive rate of climb.
By January 1982, four Minibats had already had accidents during take-off. It was concluded that this machine should not be made available to just anybody, as it was initially expected. It seems that the airfoil was the major cause for the bad handling characteristics. But yet the Minibat was a very interesting concept of a very light and efficient "minimum" glider. Approximately 55 kits were sold, some twenty were completed, almost all without an engine.
Span: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
Wing aspect ratio: 9.6
Length: 9 ft 3.8 in (2.84 m)
Height: 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Wing area: 65 sq.ft (6.04 sq.m)
Empty weight: 105 lb (47.6 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 325 lb (147.4 kg)
Glide ratio: 23:1
Lowest sink rate: 3 ft (0.91 m)/sec
Max speed: 126 mph (202 kmh)
Stall speed: 35 mph (56.4 kmh)