Grand Champion ultralight, Belite aircraft wins Grand
Champion Ultralight at Sun N Fun 2010, Light Sport Aircraft Pilot News
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aircraft wins Grand Champion Ultralight at Sun N Fun 2010
Belite 2010 Grand Champion Ultralight Sun
'n Fun Award
James Wiebe of
Belite Aircraft was at Sun N Fun 2010 with what turned out
to be the Grand Champion Ultralight.
The winner was one of his little part 103 legal ultralights,
in a tail dragger configuration called the Superlite Flying
Besides the quality of workmanship that was evident in the
construction of the plane, the judges also had to be
impressed with the graphic art that was displayed on the
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When asked about the "paint job" James said
we "cheated" "we have a graphics art firm that does work for
us, and we commissioned them to do a "flying dragon paint
scheme, then it was sent to a vinyl printer, then a group of
people came over and pasted the design onto the plane."
The Superlite Flying Dragon features a black
powder coated 4130 chromoloy steel fuselage, the cabin is
covered in and out with fabric and the wings are carbon
fiber, with aluminum flaperons.
Also on display was another new design
from Belite their Belite Tricycle gear. The tri-cycle gear
was introduced at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo January 2010.
It used a welded 4130 chromoly steel fuselage front section,
coupled to a boom tube running to the tail section. At the
show and through various surveys later James found that most
customers preferred a welded fuselage like on the tail
dragger so he went back to the drawing board and redesigned
the plane with a steel fuselage. He also redesigned the hard
points so that the plane can be converted from a trike back
to a taildragger if the customer wants it.
Both aircraft are currently available as
kits or ready to fly, with kits taking approximately 300
hours to complete.
James has also designed and is now
manufacturing a "low cost line of high precision, reliable,
lightweight avionics." He now has a set of 10 instruments
are all designed from the ground up for ultralight and light
sport aircraft. These include an altimeter, G meter,
airspeed, CHT/EGT, fuel gauge, turn and bank, volt meter,
turn rate indicator, voltmeter, and vertical speed
indicator. The instruments are all sold separately and
connected using the standard probes.
The units are all electronically operated
have a low and high brightness switch and can run on
anything output source of 8 to 28 volts with very low power
consumption. The units can be mounted a number of ways
including just buying the bare board and mounting it
anywhere you want, they are available with square plastic
besels which surround the outside of the individual
instruments, or with a standard 2 1/4 inch cut out like many
The unit demonstrated at the show was
powered all week long by a double A battery pack. Even in
the bright Florida sunshine they were all quite visible.
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