Experience the freedom and excitement
of ultralight flight and the handling and control of a real airplane.
The Belite UltraCub offers an aluminum ultralight aircraft manufactured in Kit and Ready to Fly models. It is available with variations of engines, landing gear, assembly materials and instrumentation. With the addtion of the turtledeck, all configurations evoke the classic look of a Piper J3Cub, hence the name, UltraCub.
The UltraCub weight 278 lbs when fully loaded with a 4-stroke engine, the maximum allowed by FAR Part 103*. Much lighter weights are possible by using 2-stroke engines and fewer options.
What type of construction is used in the fuselage?
It is straightforward aluminum construction. All of the cabin area and most of the gussets have pre-drilled holes, and the rear fuselage is pre-aligned, mostly pre-drilled and ready for you to start drilling and riveting. All main cabin bulkhead formers and gussets are CNC cut and have many pre-drilled pilot holes as well. The builder has to trim some of the cabin longerons and members, but as these lengths are short, and all formers are square, the resulting assembly process is easy and straightforward. Aluminum may be cut with a carbide blade table saw, or a band saw, or a hack saw.
A ready to fly model uses Oracal vinyl covering, with your choice of single color for beautiful finishes.
Options available: carbon fiber, large wheels, covering completeness, pain ton the aluminum, type of engine, type of parachute, instruments, doors and much more.
Standard Features of the Belite
- The Belite is offered in either a Trike or Tailwheel version, with a variety of engine options.
- FOLDING WINGS is one of the most popular features of the Belite. This allows easy transport and storage of the aircraft.
- ENHANCED WING SPAN AND WING AREA makes the Belite much friendlier with big pilots and small engines.
- LIGHT WEIGHT of the Belite allows accommodation of BIG pilots.
- With a rate of climb of 400 fpm*, a cruise speed of up to 62 mph and up to a two-hour endurance, the Belite offers outstanding flying fun. Build time is less than 200 hours (not including fabric and paint).
- The Belite airplane requires real pilot skills. As a tailwheel airplane, it is remarkably easy to take off and land, but tailwheel operating knowledge is required. It is a very low inertia airplane, and like other light aircraft, care must be taken to keep approach speeds high enough to have energy for a good flare to land. In short, flying the Belite provides the economy and freedom of an ultralight and the flying characteristics of a Light Sport aircraft.
- The Belite has a control stick and rudder pedals for standard 3-axis aircraft controls, highly effective flaperons and classic taildragger styling. Wheels and brakes are tough aluminum and steel. Braking action is perfect and smooth because of the hydraulic brakes. The Belite aircraft sets a new standard for lightweight, durable construction.
- Each aircraft is equipped with a 5 gallon fuel tank, polycarbonate windshield and sunroof that provides 360 degree visibility, and a 4-point lap and shoulder harness.
*Dependent on engine selection -- your climb rate can do better than this, actually ... !
The UltraCub is available as either a Kit or Factory-Built