EAA #703100, of Cincinnati, takes a close look at the Streamline
Aerolite 103 in the ultralight area.
Michael Globensky with Spirits Up
talks about the newly patented BioniX wing in the Tanarg power
You won't find any cows, chickens or
goats on this farm. But you will find an assortment of ultralight and
light-sport aircraft at the south end of the grounds by EAA's Red Barn
throughout the annual fly-in and convention.
Flying on The Farm is a longtime
tradition at EAA AirVenture, attracting crowds each morning-the field
opens early-and evening, after the daily air show.
And the variety of the machines on
display and in the air never fails to find fans from among the
The single-seat Streamline Aerolite 103
is one of the easiest planes to see with its iridescent orange coloring.
Designer Terry Raber said the Aerolite
103 is a true legal ultralight. "It meets the weight, speed, fuel,
and all the criteria of a true Part 103."
Raber said he designed the Aerolite 103
in 1993, first flew it in 1996, and debuted it at Oshkosh in 1997-where
the diminutive aircraft twice took the Grand Champion award in both 1997
Power comes from a Hirth F-33 engine with
electric start and belt drive turning a three-blade composite propeller.
A battery and electrical system, nose faring with windshield, and a dash
panel with the basic instrumentation rounds out the standard-equipment
A true budget bird, the Aerolite 103
sells for about $14,000 equipped.
The Tanarg features a BioniX wing that
has been available in the United States for only a week. Michael
Globensky with Spirits Up called it the "most advanced and patented
wing for weight-shift control."
"The corset changes the speed of the
wind during flights without having to push or pull the position of the
control bar," he said. The corset simultaneously adjusts trim speed
and changes the form and design of the wing to better adapt to the
Strips of Kevlar fabric sewn into the
sail transmit this additional tension to the tip of each wing, he said.
It acts directly on the tension of the wing to control its form.
The Mosquito may be small, but it also
has a small price for a helicopter.
"This is a real helicopter,"
said LaDon Moore, a Mosquito owner who was helping out at the exhibit.
"It sells in the $30,000 range, and that's dirt cheap for a
The Mosquito comes in five versions as
both fast-built kits and factory-finished aircraft. It has a composite
fuselage, a vacuum-formed canopy, an aluminum or carbon-fiber
anti-torque rotor, a flex-coupled floating main-rotor driveshaft, and a
floating torque-tube tail-rotor driveshaft-all turned by a MZ202 engine.
Its maximum speed is 70-100-plus mph,
depending on the model.
"Plus it's easy to fly," Moore
said. "It's comparable to the Schweizer 300."
When everything comes fairly well
assembled, it isn't long until someone can actually be flying an
Infinity Power Parachute, said owner Alvie Wall.
It takes five or six hours to become
proficient in powered parachutes, he said. But you'll want to spend
another four hours going over chute rigging and other things.
Then all you need to do is practice.
Wall said Infinity Power Parachutes is
one of the only manufacturers that offers optional frontal bars,
heavy-duty yet flexible suspension, and the "best" supporting
seats in the industry.
They also offer a lighting package that
illuminates everything for nighttime flyers, he said.
Infinity Power Parachutes cost about
$11,500 for its single seat Challenger series, to $32,000 for its
The Revo trike won an award for most
innovative design, and has been in production for about 1 1/2 years,
said Evolution Trike's chief designer Larry Mednick.
"It is all American made, with the
exception of the engine, a Rotax, and the gage," Mednick said. The
welded structure, made from 4130 Chromoly, is heat treated.
In addition, Mednick said the back seat
is comfortable and a bowed mast gives passengers more headroom so they
don't have to learn forward.
That space is important, especially if you're doing long-distance
flights. Mednick knows; he and his crew flew three Revo trikes to
Oshkosh from Florida. It flies at 58 mph hands-off or 100 mph for cross
The Revo also has tundra tires and cabin
heat, with three hydraulic disk brakes. It uses the Rotax 912S engine,
and a real airplane propeller rated for 160 hp, giving it a very
distinct sound, he said.