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Manufacturer/ Eureka Ultralight/no longer in production.

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It is interesting watching each year as "new meat" enters the grinder. That is new manufacturers showing up with a new mouse trap.

The few that do make it - Like Loehle, Fisher, TEAM, Kolb etc. have done it not with money, although it always helps - but with a good design, that fits a need, and has a $'s and sense price to it. Oh yea and they get to spend eternity working 18 hour days 7 days a week!

Last year I did an interview with the designer and manufacturer of the Eureka. A little single place LEGAL ultralight in the U.S. which comes factory built from of all places Canada. It looks like a cross between a Fisher and a Mini Max but made from tube, foam, and fabric rather than wood.

This year at Sun N Fun who should appear with a unit ready for delivery - not to one customer but to THREE - but Wilf Stark owner/manufacturer/designer/builder in other words chief cook and bottle washer - of the Eureka.

Wilf had made the trip down by working a deal out with a customer for delivery of the plane. For  delivering it to Florida, he was able to use it for display for the week, plus was supplied with room and board for the week.
While there both me and Wilf's customer took pity on poor Wilf. I saw him out working in the hot sun, and decided I had better get him a nice ice cold $4.00 glass of lemonade, before he passed out.

While the customer seeing him working in the sun went and purchased one of those little roofed canvas awnings that you see used at backyard picnics etc. But Florida was not his only stop, after the show he had two more deliveries, one away over on the west coast.

With this kind of work ethic and dedication there is no doubt in my mind that one day, in the not to distant future Wilf will have a very successful enterprise on his hands.

The Eureka wings are built around a single deep spar. There are 26 foam ribs in each 12 foot long wing. When this assembly has been built, it is covered in full-span panels of pre-painted (white) aluminum skins, durable and UV-resistant. The resultant wing is extremely stiff and strong, yet weighs less than 35 pounds. It is attached to the fuselage with just a few bolts, and in about 5 minutes. One person can do this.

This airplane can therefore be easily assembled in the field, just prior to flight. This allows for transport on a low cost trailer, and storage at home eliminating costly hangar storage, or the risks of leaving the airplane at an airstrip, unattended and weathering away. Your investment is protected.

The purchaser assembles pre-built components with the supplied aircraft-grade bolts and nuts. This means that 3/8 and 7/16 wrenches are the only tools required to assemble this aircraft kit!

In order to keep Eureka's price low, it was designed to fly with a Hirth F-33 25hp engine, with electric start. Alternately, the Zenoah GB25 22hp engine with pull start can be used.

Eureka ultralight, experimental lightsport, amateur built aircraft.      
Min speed: 23 kt 27 mph 43 kmh
Cruise speed: 48 kt 55 mph 89 kmh
Vne: 55 kt 63 mph 101 kmh
Climb ratio:  500 ft/min   3 m/s
Take off distance over 50ft (15m) obstacle: 300 ft   91 m
Landing distance over 50ft (15m) obstacle: 250 ft   76 m
Max. take off weight: 209 kg   460 lbs
Empty weight: 104 kg   230 lbs
Engine:     Hirth 25

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