Monday, May 31, 2010

How to configure a Ready To Fly Superlite 50HP ultralight!

I've created a spreadsheet that allows users to select different options to personalize their Belite 254. Do they want a taildragger, or a trike? Do they want a Superlite, or a really light version? What you may not realize is that these are all really the same airplane. The only thing that varies is the option selection.

The spreadsheet keeps track of option selections, cost, and weight. As a result, you can end up with any type of FAR part 103 ultralight that you want!

Here's our base spreadsheet. Have a look:

As you can see, no options are selected and the aircraft price is $24,995.

Here's the same spreadsheet, with options selected for a Superlight with Dragon Paint and all kinds of goodies, including carbon fiber wing spars (and that good looking dragon paint):

However, if you want a Superlite with the 50HP Hirth engine, and you don't want all of those other options, it is possible to configure a Superlite at a much lower cost simply by selecting some other options. Take a look at this spreadsheet:

Neat, huh?

I'll show how to configure various Trike models in a future post.

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