Bede BD 17

The BD-17 Nugget possesses exceptional flying qualities. Being small and lightweight, it utilizes the side stick control first adopted on the BD-5 and now incorporated on the F-16 and on some commercial airlines. The basic stability in all three axes are positive, both in static and dynamic stability. Control harmony is smooth and even for all three surfaces. Roll response is smooth and positive even into stall buffet. Cockpit room is accommodating for both large and small pilots, and visibility is excellent throughout.

The BD-17 Nugget is a single place, single engine, low wing, all metal aircraft. It can be built as a tricycle landing gear or tail dragger. It can utilize engines from 60-80 HP. Its cantilever wings incorporate an extruder tubular spar. The wings can be built with a folding mechanism to allow transportation on a trailer or to require minimum hanger space. Twenty (20) gallons a fuel is carried in the wings with ten (10) on each side. The empty weight will vary between 540- 560 lbs., depending on the selected engine. The normal gross weight is 900 lbs., with a maximum gross weight of 950 lbs., again, depending on the engine. In a tricycle gear configuration, the nose is full castoring allowing fantastic ground manoeuvring. Steering is accomplished by deferential braking or rudder control.

specifications based on 60 HP engine
wing span
wing area
empty weight
useful load
gross weight
fuel capacity
17.6 feet
7.6 feet
21.5 feet
53.5 sq feet
560 lbs
290 lbs
950 lbs
20 gallons
700 statue miles


takeoff distance, ground roll
rate of climb
max speed
cruise speed
landing distance, ground roll
service ceiling
650 feet
1450 ft/min
150 mph
550 feet

limiting and recommended speeds

design manoeuvring speed (Va)
never exceed speed (Vne)
stall, power off (Vsl)
landing approach speed
56 mph

All specifications are based on manufacturer's calculations