Flying Machines FM250 Vampire

The Flying Machines FM250 Vampire is a Czech ultralight and light-sport aircraft, designed and produced by Flying Machines s.r.o. of Rasošky, introduced at the Sport Aircraft Show held in Sebring, Florida in 2007. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1][2]

Flying Machines FM250 Vampire
FM250 Vampire
Role Ultralight aircraft and Light-sport aircraft
National origin Czech Republic
Manufacturer Flying Machines s.r.o.
Introduction 2007
Status In production

Design and development


The aircraft was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules and US light-sport aircraft rules. It features a cantilever low-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy that hinges forward, fixed tricycle landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from composite materials and features a wet wing. Its 7.8 m (25.6 ft) span wing has an area of 10.05 m2 (108.2 sq ft) and flaps. Standard engines available are the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL or the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS four-stroke powerplant. Full dual controls are provided, with the exception of wheel brakes, which are left seat only.[1][2]


FM250 Vampire
Original model, introduced in 2007[1][2]
FM250 Vampire II
Improved model, introduced in 2011.[1][2]
FM250 Mystique
Model for the US light-sport aircraft category, with longer wings. The Mystique is a Federal Aviation Administration approved special light-sport aircraft.[2][3]

Specifications (FM250 Vampire II)


Data from Bayerl and Flying Machines[1][4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 6.32 m (20 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 10.05 m2 (108.2 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 266 kg (586 lb)
  • Gross weight: 472.5 kg (1,042 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 100 litres (22 imp gal; 26 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 75 kW (101 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (160 mph, 130 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 220 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn)
  • Stall speed: 65 km/h (40 mph, 35 kn) flaps down
  • Never exceed speed: 270 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn)
  • Range: 1,200 km (750 mi, 650 nmi)
  • Rate of climb: 7 m/s (1,400 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 47.01 kg/m2 (9.63 lb/sq ft)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 54. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d e f Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 55. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (26 September 2016). "SLSA Make/Model Directory". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  4. ^ Flying Machines (2008). "Vampire II". Retrieved 4 July 2012.