Questions & Comments
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.
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.
The AirBike does not have a wing fold at present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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