Hiperlight ultralight aircraft, Hiperlight experimental aircraft, Hiperlight experimental light sport aircraft (ELSA), Lightsport Aircraft Pilot News newsmagazine.

Lightsport Aircraft Pilot is a directory of aircraft that generally fit into what are described as ultralight aircraft, advanced ultralight aircraft, light sport aircraft, experimental light sport aircraft, experimental aircraft, amateur built aircraft, ELSA or homebuilt aircraft in the United States and Canada. These include weight shift aircraft, more commonly known as trikes, powered parachutes, and powered para-gliders.

Hiperlight ultralight, experimental lightsport, amateur built aircraft.

Thunderbird Aviation Inc.
50230 Mile End Dr.
Shelby Twp Mi 48317

Thunderbird Aviation - When the rights for production of the Hiperlight line of light recreational aircraft came up for sale Ron Jones of Thunderbird aviation purchased them.

Ron  had a desire to build one of these fine aircraft when they first came out on the market being produced by Sorrel Aviation nearly 20 years ago, so when Sunset Rise Manufacturing put the business up for sale he decided to purchase it.

Empty Weight:

247 lbs.

Gross Weight:

500 lbs.

Wing Span:

22. ft.

Wing Area:

140 sq. ft.


277 Rotax

Cruise Speed:

55 m.p.h.

Stall Speed:

24 m.p.h.


95 m.p.h.



Building time:

200 Hrs.

Ron says "Thunderbird Aviation has no desire to change the design, we will be producing it pretty well the way the Sorrel's designed it." "We will be offering three basic packages, the SNS 8 UL the ultralight version of the plane which is a true part 103 craft, the SNS 8 EXP our experimental version of the single place and the SNS 9 our two place Hiperlight. "

The single place ultralight version is powered by the Zanzaterra, MZ 201 twin cylinder two stroke, while the experimental version uses the 447 and 503 Rotax. The kits take about 150 to 200 hours to put together, with the single place version using pre-sewn dacron envelopes while the two seat version will use a conventional fabric style of covering.

Current production delivery times are 8 to 10 weeks from placement of order, by late summer Ron hopes to have kits on hand for delivery.


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