ultralight aircraft, experimental
lightsport, amateur built aircraft.
One of the
most successful and award winning ultralight style aircraft
designs to be introduced had to be the Aerolite 103.
This cute little single place aircraft was designed by Terry
Raber in the mid 90's, from a clean sheet of paper.
In designing the Aerolite 103 Terry tried to put the best of
everything he had flown, into it. Thus it features tricycle
landing gear, a Yoke style control system, flaps, steerable
nose wheel, and is easy to build with low build time.
Terry sold the manufacturing business a number of years ago
but has recently purchased it back and is now offering
parts, kits and ready to fly ultralight aircraft to the
market. He has also moved the manufacturing facility back to
During the original
introduction of the Aerolite 103 the factory was building 40
to 50 aircraft a year, but "it wasn't any fun" so with the
reintroduction of the plane Terry is looking at scaling back
to a more comfortable production schedule. With more
emphasis on quality than quantity.
Terry is focusing on ready to
fly aircraft, but will also be offering kits. The kits will
be completely built and assembled at the factory, then
disassembled and shipped to customers, where they will do
the fabric covering engine and instrument installation. This
means the average customer should spend about 40 hours to
take the kit from crate to having it flying.
With the Hirth F33 engine,
with electric start, electric flaps, wheel pants, brakes,
aluminum fuel tank, a three blade Ultra Prop and instruments
the Aerolite 103 comes in at 252 lbs. If equipped with a two
blade wood prop it comes it at 247 lbs.! Making it a true
Part 103 legal ultralight in the U.S.
Terry reports take off
distance with the F33 of about 150 feet, climb rate about
500 feet per minute, cruise comes it at 55 mph.
At Airventure 2010 the
factory reports it has kits in stock for delivery as well as
two ready to fly aircraft that are waiting to have engines
Standard equipment includes:
Fully-assembled, factory-built airframe, Hirth F-33 engine
with electric start & belt drive, battery, 3-blade composite
propeller, nose fairing & windshield, dash panel with basic
instrument package (airspeed, altimeter, tachometer, EGT,
CHT, and clock), electric flaps, steerable nose wheel with
suspension, four-point restraint system, padded &
upholstered seat cover, 5-gallon aluminum fuel tank,
pre-sewn Dacron covering, wire harness installed for engine,
Azusa brakes, complete airframe anodizing, and Streamline
strut & gear fairings.
For more information contact
9068 County Road 245
HOLMESVILLE, OHIO 44633
PHONE / FAX: 330-695-2553
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