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Name: John Riley Email: info@airbikeuk.com
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Country: UK  Date: 23 Sep 2011 15:40:01 GMT

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Name: Russell Email: rusl757@aol.com
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Country: UK  Date: 2 Dec 2011 20:01:09 GMT

Comment: Hi, Great to see these available. What space would be required to build both with and without the prebuilt wing option? Thanks Russell 



Hi Russell, Thanks for your enquiry. To build the wing from the materials kit, you would need ideally a bench 13' x 4'. It should be sturdy and level.
You can build the fuselage on this and when complete store in the workshop. its only 7" wide x 13' long, or store elsewhere.
When the wings are complete you will need to attach them to the fuselage so you will need to rig the aeroplane outside or in an aircraft hangar.
I build in a garage and rig in the garden, then take to the airfield for testing.
The pre built wings only require covering, they are already varnished.
 
Name: Dan Holt Email: doordocdan@gmail.com
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Country: USA  Date: 1 Mar 2012 23:35:32 GMT

Comment: Where can I find a new landing gear, and what would the price be shipped to Plainview,Texas 79072. Do you think this is a easy plane to Fly



Hi Dan, For customers in the US the best place to get spares from is Steve Brown at www.jordanlakeaero.com .
The AirBike is a joyto fly, similar to the Minimax but with even better all round vision.

Name: Rob H Email: rhhflyer@hotmail.com
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Country: UK  Date: 15 May 2012 20:15:35 GMT

Comment: Great to see the AirBike available as an SSDR! A couple of questions:- 1. Does the neat wingfold mechanism come as standard on the Lite? 2. How close would the Lite be to the max allowable weight with the Oratex covering? I'm wondering if there would be enough spare weight allowance to fit a BRS in England?



Hi Rob,

The AirBike does not have a wing fold at present.
You would save about 10lbs if you use Oratex, and 3lbs if you remove the brakes, you may be able to find a BRS at this weight.Hi Rob,


Name: Graham Email: gammonrowe@hotmail.com
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Country: UK  Date: 13 Jun 2012 02:21:33 GMT

Comment: Hi, are these kits avaliable to buy now? when are you looking to take your airbike for its first flight? when you hoping to get the prices for the max together? Its great to see this aircraft in this country been looking at these for a while.


Hi Graham, The kits are avaiable now. I first flew my AirBike about two weeks ago. I probably won't be putting the AirBike through the approval process as a max, as there are not many advantages in doing this versus the cost.

Name: Bill Wright Email: williamowright@hotmail.co.uk
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Country: UK  Date: 1 Sep 2012 09:48:17 GMT

Comment: What are the licence requirements for the Air Bike?


Hi Bill, You will need as a minimum a, National Private Pilot's Licence (Microlights restricted)You can achieve your restricted licence with 15 hours of training - eight hours dual training and seven hours solo. This allows you to become a pilot quicker (and more cheaply) and to take the restrictions off at a later date. You can choose to skip the restricted licence and go directly for the full version if you wish. 25hours for a full licence.
A PPL SEP also allows you to fly an AirBike.
Name: Bernard Carpenter Email: bernardscarpenter@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: LINCOLNSHIRE  Date: 10 Oct 2012 20:00:38 GMT

Comment: Hi John, I sat in/on the airbike at Sywell,love it. What would be involved to get the 447 version through the Permit? I am a bit heavy for 28hp! Bernard 


Hi Bernard,

 

Thanks for the interest in the AirBike.

The weight of my AirBike with a Hirth F33 with electric start is 114.5Kgs. I think it would be possible to use a free air cooled 447 with pull start, if you removed the brakes, and used Oratex covering.

Of course I couldn’t guarantee this. It would be simple for me to change the engine to a 447 as the mount is the same, but I would have to recover it.  (To cover the AirBike using Oratex is approx. £1,500).

There is no permit required for the SSDR AirBike, to put it through full approval would too costly.


Name: Roger Grimshaw Email: mchf25@btinternet.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 10 Nov 2012 19:49:16 GMT

Comment: How much training (hours)is likely to be needed by a relatively low hours NPL - microlights license holder. (non tail wheel experienced ) What would the conversion training consist of - and who could provide this. Thanks.


Hi Roger, Thanks for your interest in the AirBike. If you fly tricycle undercarriage fixed wing microlights you would probably need about 3 hours tail wheel (conventional undercarriage) depending on your aptitude. A Thruster is a good type to convert on, it is harder to land than an AirBike, but thats no bad thing.
Ideally flying with an instructor, then he/she can determine when you are competent. A mate can show you the ropes, but both of you have to happy with your performance. It is not a black art flying a taildragger, but it does require a few different techniques on take off and landing, obviously the flying is the same.
Rob Grimwood at Plaistows would be happy to give training on a Thruster.
Name: Graham Email: gammonrowre@hotmail.com
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Country: ENGLAND  Date: 17 Nov 2012 15:37:30 GMT

Comment: Hi are you going to be at the flying show at the nec in Dec, with the airbike?


Hi Graham, Thanks for your interest in the AirBike. Unfortunatley I will not be showing the AirBike at the NEC, its too costly for me. I may be there in some capacity, so I will put the details in the news section later this week. I will also be producing another newsletter before Christmas.

Name: Aleksandar Filipovic Email: sasafilipovic87@gmail.com
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Country: MONTENEGRO  Date: 3 Feb 2013 19:05:06 GMT

Comment: Hi.i love the AirBike concept,i wont to build airbike bud i donot have plans my questions is were i can by plans of airbike?or download pdf file oboute dimenzion and evriting?tnx



Name: Rob Newall Email: robnewall@gmail.com
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Country: USA  Date: 20 Nov 2013 23:31:26 GMT

Comment: I bought a used(2007) airbike with a Rotax 447 here in Florida-i now have 20hrs on her and i am totally in love with this plane-it is as easy to fly as a 150 but tons more fun and uses regular auto fuel and works out around $15/hr :-)



Name: binzhao Email: bin394989415@qq.com
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Country:   Date: 29 Jan 2014 12:50:43 GMT

Comment: Hello, do you have a branch office in Chinese? Or the dealer? TEAM MINI-MAX CHINA LLC has been established. Chinese market prospect is very good, if you need a partner can contact me.



Name: Veit Dennert Email: veitdennertjr@aol.com
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Country: GERMANY  Date: 4 Jun 2014 05:46:35 GMT

Comment: Hello! Do you by Chance know an airbike supplyer in Germany? Do you furthermore know if there is a Ballistic parachute available for the UK Airbike?


Hi Veit,

Thank you for your enquiry. The original company selling in Germany closed down. I am the only company supplying the AirBike in Europe.

There are several companies supplying BRS recovery systems, the largest is BRS in the US.

As the AirBike MTOW is 560LBS all these models are suitable.

600 Canister $3,699  600 lbs / 272 kg 138 mph / 222km/h 6 yrs 22 lbs / 10 kg    18 x 7 round

600 Softpack  $3,499 600 lbs / 272 kg 138 mph / 222km/h 1 or 6 yrs 18 lbs / 9 kg 10 x 10 x 5.5

600 VLS $3,899 600 lbs / 272 kg 138 mph / 222km/h 6 yrs 23 lbs / 11 kg 18 x 11.5 x 7.5

Name: Bernard Carpenter Email: chipscarpenter@yahoo.co.uk
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Country: UK  Date: 1 Jan 2015 10:12:36 GMT

Comment: Hi John, I noticed your site now links to MiniMax including the AeroMax. Will the AeroMax be an SSDR under the new definition, and will you be supplying kits? Thanks,Happy New Year


Hi Bernard,

The Aeromax has an empty weight of 429lbs, which leaves 231lbs for pilot and fuel. The stall speed of 28kts at a gross weight of 738lbs, is well under the 35kts allowed. The Aeromax has a Design load factor of +4.4 and -2.2 at 738lbs, this is with 13 gallons of fuel. As the SSDR limit is 660lbs a reduction in fuel/ pilot weight will achieve this.

I am able to supply all of TEAM products.

Happy New Year to you.

John



Name: Don Lord Email: 
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Country: UK  Date: 31 Dec 2015 16:11:12 GMT

Comment: I like the idea of the Airbike, I would want to put the Briggs and Straton "V" in, has anyone done this yet ?. is it possible to do at the moment ?



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