Charles Fauvel biography

Fauvel gliders and airplanes

Why a flying wing ?

Some technical materials...

In flight


Precursors and successors



Debreyer JCD-03 "Pélican"
"Pélican", static and in flight
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The "Pélican" flying wing was designed by Jean-Claude Debreyer based on the AV-36. Unlike that machine, however, it is not designed for soaring but only for inexpensive powered flight. The designer's goal was to produce a machine that was easy to build, ultra-light and low in cost, which explains the choice of the flying wing configuration, the low aspect ratio of the wing and the tandem landing gear. The prototype was built of wood with a few laminated parts; the wing section was the same as that of the AV-36 (Fauvel F4 17%). The two-stroke engine, mounted at the rear of the short fuselage, between the two fins, drives a two-bladed propeller directly. The Air Est Services company, based in eastern France, offers a kit version, built of composite materials, named JCD-03. It can be equipped with a 12 hp Solo engine or a 24 hp Koenig which gives a considerable improvement over the original performance figures. 

Translated from the French by Marc de Piolenc (

Characteristics and performance of the JCD-03 "Pélican"
Wing span 7.92 m
Length 3.10 m
Wing area 12.0 m2
Airfoil Fauvel F4 17%
Empty weight 85 kg
Max. weight 175 kg
Engine Solo 15 ch
Propeller diameter 75 cm
Takeoff run 150 / 200 m
Stall speed 45 km/h
Cruise speed 75 km/h
Endurance 3 hours