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While more and more aircraft dealers and manufacturers are moving into the new Lightsport Aircraft field, there is a group that has decided that their market is the true Part 103 single place ultralight.

This simple, grass roots, affordable, fun flying segment of aviation has had another entry into it's ranks Raven Soaring Trikes.

Bob Corbo has been hang gliding for over 25 years, and began flying trikes in the early 80's. In the the late 90's he began development of the Raven Soaring trike, and started offering the trike to the general public in 2004.

The Raven Trike underwent it's public introduction at Sun N Fun 2007, with 16 units sold and now flying. Bob indicates "we went through a lot of motors in the past, but have found the little F33 Hirth to be a super little motor and seems to be the package we needed, with more horsepower than we really need to fly!"

The Raven Trikes are specifically designed as soaring trikes, but can be taken off from very short fields. Pilot's can power on up and then shut the engine off to soar, but since the F33 is equipped with electric start, pilots have the ability to restart in flight to continue soaring.

Being specifically designed for soaring the Raven Trikes are very unique in design and construction. The whole unit with engine, electric start and trike can easily be lifted by the pilot.

The design has eliminated one of the front down tubes, found on most trikes, and instead uses a very strong mast to support the wing. The basic Raven trike can come with or without a fairing and is capable of carrying pilots from 120 to 260 lbs.

In development of his line of "Nano trike" Bob had found that heavier pilot weights effect how the wing and trike interact with each other. To compensate for this has built adjustability into his design, in the way the mast is mounted and in the length of the base tube.

Bob seems to have his finger on the pulse of the ultralight trike market. At Airventure he had on display what he believes will be the next generation of trike airframes, the electric powered trike.

To this end he has designed a very light trike unit that is set up specifically to work with batteries and an electric motor. The battery packs would be located where the current gas tank is. However the current units weigh in about 80 lbs. Ideally a 40 lbs battery pack would be the ideal set up.

He expects that this type of power unit will be commercially viable within the next year.

For more information contact:
Raven Soaring Trikes
4874 Route 131,
Perkinsville VT 05151

Performance with Hirth F-33 Wills Wing Manta Ray
Take off roll

100 ft

100 ft

Landing roll

100 ft

100 ft

Climb rate

400 ft/min

400 ft/min

Cruising speed

35 mph

50 mph


45 mph

62 mph

Stall speed

18 mph

22 mph

Static thrust

175 #

175 #

Fun factor

Off the scale!

 Off the scale!

  Basic Trike Powered Unit








65 lbs.


125 lbs.


78 lbs.

138 lbs.

Bob Corbo demonstrating his Hirth F33 powered Raven Trike at Airventure 2007
Raven ultralight soaring trikes.


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