Paradise USA had on display at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo the first two
Paradise lightsport aircraft to be imported into the U.S. The plane has
been market in Brazil for over seven years, where 64 of them are
The aircraft are brought in from Brazil in a
container. Paradise USA which has operated out of the Sebring Regional
Airport for over a year, then reassembles them and prepares them for
The fuselage uses a 4130 chromoly steel tube frame, covered in
aluminum sheet metal. The wings feature all aluminum metal
construction, using solid aircraft grade rivets.
The craft is powered by the Rotax 912 S, 100 HP 4 cylinder Rotax
aircraft engine. Cruise at 5200 rpm is 120 mph. The craft comes a fuel
capacity of 25 gallons with the fuel located in wing tanks. Climb rate
at gross, is over 800 feet per minute. Approach speed with full flap is
55 mph, with stall coming in at 45.
The Paradise has 4 notches of flaps available, which are manually
operated via a lever located on the floor between the seats. The
elevator and rudder trim are also manually operated and are found on the
center console below the throttle.
Take off distance using one notch of flap is 300 feet.
The Paradise comes standard with dual yokes and rudder pedals, with a
center mounted throttle. Dual hydraulic toe brakes, and a parking brake
are also standard. The Paradise uses a castering nosewheel and toe
brakes for ground handling.
The craft comes with a standard "six pack" instrument panel located
on the left hand side of the cockpit, with GPS and radio in the center
panel, and engine instruments on the right hand panel. A number of glass
panels are offered as optional equipment.
The seats use an adjustment mechanism similar to that of the average
family car. They can also be completely removed in a matter of seconds.
In fact while doing the interview for this report a customer asked to
have one of the seats removed, so that he could try laying his 6 foot
frame in the plane. He did so quite comfortably.
The area directly behind the seats is very large and roomy as was
demonstrated by the factory when they place several fully loaded golf
bags into it.
LSA certification for the Paradise was granted on January 10, 2008.
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