The Murphy JDM-8 is a Canadian single-seat ultralight monoplane designed by Daryl Murphy. The type was intended to be sold as a kit for home construction by Murphy Aircraft of Chilliwack, British Columbia.[1][2]

Murphy JDM-8
JDM-8 advanced ultralight prototype powered by an HKS 700E, with one wing folded
Role Single-seat homebuilt Ultralight
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Murphy Aircraft
Designer Daryl Murphy
First flight March 2001[1]
Status Prototypes only
Number built 2

The designation indicates the designer's initials, J. Daryl Murphy and his eighth design.[1]

Design and development


Work was begun on the JDM-8 design in December 1998, but the project was not a high priority and so did not fly until March 2001. The aircraft was first publicly shown at Sun 'n Fun 2000 when it was not yet complete.[1]

The JDM-8 is an all-metal low-wing cantilever monoplane designed in two variants, one to meet the American FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles regulations and one for the non-American markets particularly Canada and Europe.[2] The JDM-8 has a conventional landing gear with a tailwheel and can be powered by a Rotax engine from 20-80HP.[2] An unusual feature is the upwards folding wing for storage and transportation.[1][2]

The fuselage of the JDM-8 is of semi-monocoque aluminum construction. The 5 US gal (19 L) fuel tank is located in front of the instrument panel. The conventional main landing gear for the ultralight version is bungee suspended and includes brakes, while the main landing gear of the homebuilt version is of a sprung design. The tail wheel spring is of 4140 steel and incorporates an inline skate wheel.[1]

The JDM-8 wing is constructed with an aluminum D-cell leading edge incorporating a 9 in (23 cm) high C-channel main spar made from 6061-T6 grade aluminum. The rear spar is a similar C-channel that is 5 in (12.7 cm) high and there is a third nose spar that is 3 in (7.6 cm) in height. The wing aft of the D-cell is covered in aircraft fabric and has a modified NACA 4415 airfoil with a drooped trailing edge. The 11 nose ribs and nine aft wing ribs are made from hydroformed aluminum. The ailerons were adapted from the Murphy Rebel design and are 69 in (175 cm) long with a 15 in (38 cm) chord. The ultralight version has a 4 ft (122 cm) greater wingspan to lower its stall speed to below the US ultralight category limit of 28 mph (45 km/h). With the wings folded the homebuilt version is 8.75 ft (267 cm) high and the ultralight version with its longer wings is 10.9 ft (332 cm) high.[1]

The horizontal tailplane is 95 in (241 cm) in span to allow legal road transportation on a trailer as most jurisdictions limit trailers to 96 in (244 cm). The ultralight version has an ultimate load limit of +5/-2.7 g and an operational limit of +3.8/-1.8g, while the homebuilt version has an ultimate limit of +5.7/-5.7g and an operational limit of +3.8/-3.8 g.[1]

The kit supplied for the JDM-8 was intended to include the parts to make both versions and the manufacturer claimed a construction time from the kit of 800 hours.[3]

The completed prototype JDM-8 was displayed at Sun 'n Fun in April 2004, but due to the introduction in the US of the light-sport aircraft category at the same time, no orders were forthcoming and by 2008 the aircraft was no longer listed as being available by Patterson AeroSales, the manufacturer's sole sales agent.[4]

Operational history


In January 2011 there were two JDM-8s registered in Canada, one a basic ultralight and the other an advanced ultralight, both owned by the manufacturer.[5]


US ultralight version
Single seat, low-wing monoplane with 24 ft (7.3 m) wingspan, powered by a 28 hp (21 kW) Rotax 277 or other engine of 25 to 30 hp (19 to 22 kW) for the US ultralight category[1]
Homebuilt version
Single seat, low-wing monoplane with 20 ft (6.1 m) wingspan, powered by engines up to 80 hp (60 kW), including the powered by a 60 hp (45 kW) HKS 700E for the Canadian basic ultralight, advanced ultralight or amateur-built categories[1][6]

Specifications (FAR-103 Variant)


Data from World Directory of Leisure Aviation,[2] Levy[1] and Kitplanes[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 0 in (7.32 m) homebuilt version has a 20 foot wingspan
  • Wing area: 120 sq ft (11 m2)
  • Airfoil: modified NACA 4415
  • Empty weight: 254 lb (115 kg)
  • Gross weight: 500 lb (227 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5 US gallons (19 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 277 single cylinder two-stroke piston engine, 28 hp (21 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed GSC wooden, 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m) diameter with a pitch of 32 inches


  • Maximum speed: 63 mph (101 km/h, 55 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 55 mph (89 km/h, 48 kn)
  • Stall speed: 26 mph (42 km/h, 23 kn)
  • g limits: +3.8/-1.8
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)

See also


Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Levy, Howard: Daryl Murphy's Latest, Kitplanes, Volume 20, Number 1, January 2003, pages 10-12. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d e "World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2004/2005". World Directory of Light Aviation. Pagefast Ltd, England: 152. 2004. ISSN 1368-485X.
  3. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 2002 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 18, Number 12, December 2001, page 55. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ Patterson Aerosales (January 2011). "Patterson Aerosales". Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  5. ^ Transport Canada (January 2011). "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  6. ^ Transport Canada (September 2010). "Listing of Models Eligible to be Registered as Advanced Ultra-Light Aeroplanes (AULA)". Retrieved 5 January 2011.