Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wiring an ultralight instrument panel into an Ultralight Aircraft

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Let's wire up an instrument panel, using Belite' featherweight avionics.  Our completed panel will weigh about 12 ounces (0.35KG), and it will look like this:

That's a lot of functionality.

Anyway, let's build it.  We're starting with our precision machined aluminum panel,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Belite formally introduces UK SSDR ultralight aircraft

We've just announced a UK aircraft:  A "SSDR".

Hi res photos can be found at: where you can see a new set  of photos labeled SSDR
The website has a lot of information,

And here's some additional comments from James:

The plane that we produce weighs less than 101KG, and the wing area is 10.1 square meters.  It comes with the following features:

* Carbon Fiber wing spars
* Aluminium internal ribs
* ChromAlloy steel fuselage -- the operator is surrounded by super strong 4130 aircraft steel, helping protect significantly in the event of an accident
* Very basic instrumentation:  Airspeed Indicator;  Engine EGT/CHT; Engine kill switch
* 28HP engine with wood prop (pull start)
* 5" Wheels with lightweight tyres
* Full windshield
* Enhanced wing span -- 26' 2"

We have a price (available for a limited amount period of time) of £15000, FOB Wichita, KS.

The plane, as delivered, has a 5 gallon gas tank.  In addition to being a legal SSDR, this makes it legal as a US FAR Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft as well, which aids our flight test procedures.  The tank capacity may be increased to a larger size, after delivery to England, at the option of the buyer, as long as weight limitations are observed.

The plane is light as a feather and very maneuverable.  It is a joy to fly.

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