Wednesday, April 6, 2011

More Show Shots of the Ultralight Aircraft "Best Commercial Ultralight" from Sun N Fun

I found some more nice photos of the Belite SuperTrike with the Verner 4 stroke engine.  This is the aircraft that won the 2011 Sun N Fun "Best Commercial Ultralight" award.  Here are the new pics:

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Super Trike with 4 Stroke Engine. 

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Super Trike with 4 Stroke Engine.

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Super Trike with 4 Stroke Engine.

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Super Trike with 4 Stroke Engine.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Belite's Ultralight Aircraft: SuperTrike wins "Best Commercial Ultralight" at Sun N Fun

Belite Aircraft wins "Best Commercial Ultralight" award at Sun N Fun for its SuperTrike!  Belite continues to lead as the innovator in FAR Part 103.

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's SuperTrike

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Supertrike

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Supertrike

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Supertrike

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Supertrike

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Supertrike

Ultralight Aircraft: Belite's Supertrike

Ultralight Aircraft:  Belite's Supertrike

Friday, April 1, 2011

4th Set of Damage Photos from Sun N Fun 2011

I have posted FOUR sets of damage photos at Sun N Fun.  This is one of the four sets.

The links for all four damage photo sets, including this one, are:

http://jameswiebe.blogspot.com/2011/03/horrible-damage-at-snf.html

http://jameswiebe.blogspot.com/2011/03/more-snf-damage-photos.html

http://jameswiebe.blogspot.com/2011/03/3rd-set-of-damage-photos-at-sun-n-fun.html


http://jameswiebe.blogspot.com/2011/04/4th-set-of-damage-photos-from-sun-n-fun.html

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The weather was perfect today; the aftermath of yesterday's storm was not.

This is the fourth set of aircraft damage photos I have posted from Sun N Fun 2011.

All photos and content (c) 2011 by James Wiebe

Photo by Gene Stratton.  Used with permission

Photo by Gene Stratton

Photo By Gene Stratton

Cleaning up at the Aircam booth

Sun N Fun Damaged Aircraft

Sun N Fun Aircraft Damage

Sun N Fun Damaged Aircraft

Sun N Fun Aircraft Damage

Sun N Fun Aircraft Destruction

Destroyed Aircraft at Sun N Fun

Damage caused by Storm at Sun N Fun

Piper and RANS meet. 

Tornado Aircraft Damage at Sun N Fun

Aircraft Damaged by storm at Sun N Fun

Old Glory is Still Glorious

Photos by Gene Stratton.  Plane Ownership:  Joe Chlup.  Pilot:  James Wiebe



You can also see Old Glory takeoff like a scalded cat (like a bottle rocket?) in this video on youtube

Belite Introduces "Water in Fuel" detection technology

Today we introduced our newer technology which alerts aircraft operators to the presence of water in their gasoline.  Unlike so many announcements on April 1 (April Fool's Day), this announcement is real.  No joke.  The announcement had been timed to the time slot given to us by Sun N Fun for our news conference earlier today. 

BTW, if you are looking for the Sun N Fun damaged airplane photos, just keep scrolling down the blog.

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The text of our announcement is as follows:




BELITE ELECTRONICS INTRODUCES WATER DETECTION TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                                  

Wichita, KS --  04-01-11 -- Belite Electronics announces a new, patent pending technology that is capable of detecting water in the fuel tank or fuel line. Belite is an innovator in ultralight flight technology, designing both aircraft and lightweight avionics.

Through the use of a small probe, the new technology discriminates between water and fuel and provides an alarm signal to the aircraft operator when water is detected.

“While doing research on fuel level probes that were pertinent to our avionics, I stumbled across a newer technology that would help solve a decades old safety problem,” said James Wiebe, CEO of Belite Enterprises LLC.

“The presence of water in fuel has caused many significant accidents in aviation history,” Wiebe said, “and the use of auto fuel with ethanol content continues to exacerbate this problem because water will precipitate (settle) out of ethanol blended fuel as temperature drops, for instance, overnight.

“Aircraft manufacturers have worked on resolving water contamination issues over the years by providing multiple sump points and by industry wide pilot training and education.  Even so, the opportunity for accidents and anxiety caused by water contamination in fuel continues,” Wiebe continued.

The new technology provides a warning signal which may be used in simple applications to trigger a alarm on the instrument panel.  In more sophisticated applications, Wiebe noted that the warning signal might be used to drive automatic tank switching so that water is not fed to the engine.

“We believe this technology can be integrated into aircraft systems by aircraft manufacturers to provide pilots with warnings that water is present or in route to the engine from the fuel tank. Water detection probes may be placed, for example, at low points in fuel tanks, or inline (between the fuel tank and the fuel selector or in the engine compartment).

Belite is licensing this technology to OEMs, and will also offer simple water detection probes and warning displays for experimental aircraft.

Price points have not yet been set.  Usage and inquiries from non-aviation markets are invited.  Interested parties may contact James Wiebe at Belite Enterprises:  316-253-6746 or james@beliteaircraft.com.


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