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Belite Makes another Dramatic Move with State of the Art
The WoW (Wonder of Wonders) State of the Art Ultralight by Belite Aircraft
Ultralight Demonstrator at Sun N Fun
Wichita, KS - Representing a prototype for a possible ASTM compliant single seat aircraft, Belite will be showing a state of the art ultralight aircraft at Sun N Fun. Belite is legally flying this aircraft under FAR Part 103, which allows operation without a medical or pilot's license and also without aircraft registration.
The "Wow Plane" can be seen at Belite's exhibit in the Light Planes Exhibit (Paradise City) just off the ultralight runway.
With a breath taking floating circle paint scheme, this prototype plane is packed with nearly every feature and advancement possible in FAA Part 103 (USA ultralight) aircraft.
"We wanted an aircraft which significantly advanced the state of the art in ultralight aircraft," said James Wiebe, CEO, Belite Enterprises LLC. "Although this aircraft is filled with aerodynamic improvements, the most extraordinary visible feature on the plane is its paint scheme. It is painted in base Insignia White, with dozens of floating multi-colored dots of varying sizes. People will be struck with its visual 'wow' factor, in the air and on the ground."
Wiebe continued: "Ultralight aircraft have been largely ignored since the adoption of ASTM LSA regulations. This aircraft is designed to show what could have been, and what still can be in lightweight aircraft. The plane has many functional features, all designed to improve takeoff, cruise and landing performance in the low speed regimen of ultralight aircraft:
|Faired lift struts, substantially reducing drag, increasing climb rate and cruise|
Faired landing gear and springs
Improved horizontal stabilizer and elevator, featuring a non-flat (aerodynamic) cross-foil
Cockpit adjustable elevator trim
Improved cockpit panel
Hoerner wingtips, increasing wing area, lift, and reducing drag Expanded span and chord wing
Expanded span and chord dual function flaperons
Ground adjustable rudder trim
Hydraulic toe brakes
To prove the aerodynamic efficiency, this prototype aircraft is built and flies with a minimal 28HP 2 stroke engine, although other engines will also be evaluated as testing continues.
Wiebe will be presenting a forum on these features on Thursday, March 29, at 12:00 noon in Room # 11 of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the Sun 'n Fun grounds
Belite Aircraft is a world leader in ultralight aircraft, having delivered seven aircraft and aircraft kits in the first quarter of 2012.
Some of the same features of this new aircraft were included in the Belite airplane used on the "Duct Tape Plane" episode of MythBusters last year.
Pricing of Belite aircraft (FAF) starts at $16,500. Pricing of Belite kit aircraft starts at $9,000.
Belite Aircraft made its first appearance at Sun 'n Fun in 2010, and its ultralight was named the 2010 Grand Champion Ultralight. In 2011, Belite was named the Best Commercial Ultralight.
At EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture 2011 (Oshkosh) Wiebe was awarded the prestigious "Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award" for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the design of light aircraft and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
In October 2011, the Belite Aircraft was featured on Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," where the myth was confirmed that a duct-taped aircraft can fly. A Belite Aircraft performed the feat, and James flew the plane.
Additional features, pricing and availability and information can be obtained by contacting Belite Aircraft at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 316-253-6746. Photographs and additional details of both versions of the aircraft are also published in James Wiebe's blog, www.jameswiebe.blogspot.com
, which may also be accessed through the Belite website: