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Belite offers an FAA Part 103 aircraft unlike any other single place airplane.
Many pilots and aircraft owners have appreciated the latitude of the
Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 103 which has opened up many
legal options for flying enthusiasts. However, FAR 103 airplanes have
traditionally had great difficulty meeting legal weight requirements
while providing airplane functionality. As a result, many people have
flown what are called 'fat ultralights' - overweight aircraft.
Belite Aircraft has solved this problem and offers an ultralight with
the feel of a real airplane. The Belite incorporates stronger, lighter
carbon fiber technologies, instead of older steel, wood, or aluminum.
The result is a full-featured airplane with a real instrument panel that
meets the 254 pound limit specified in FAR Part 103.
The resulting weight of the Belite is about 180 pounds, not including
instruments and firewall forward. A modern smooth and reliable 2-stroke
engine keeps the plane legal.
Belite includes additional innovations like a full instrument panel
that takes the experience beyond that of a traditional ultralight. The
Belite can also accommodate a parachute system. With a rate of climb of
400 fpm*, a cruise speed of 62 mph and two-hour endurance, the Belite
offers outstanding flying fun. Build time is less than 200 hours (not
including fabric and paint).
The Belite airplane requires real pilot skills. As a tailwheel
airplane, it is remarkably easy to take off and land, but tailwheel
operating knowledge is required. It is a very low inertia airplane, and
care must be taken to keep approach speeds high enough to have energy
for a good flare to land. In short, flying the Belite provides the
economy and freedom of an ultralight and the flying characteristics of a
Light Sport aircraft.
The Belite has a control stick and rudder pedals for standard 3-axis
aircraft controls, highly effective flaperons and classic taildragger
styling. It also features a tough welded 4130 steel frame and folding
wings for easy transport and storage. Wheels and brakes are tough
aluminum and steel. Braking action is perfect and smooth because of the
hydraulic brakes. The Belite aircraft sets a new standard for
lightweight, durable construction. It is available in both kit and
fully assembled versions.
*Dependent on engine selection
Simple Affordable Featherweight Electronic
Belite introduces a new standard in lightweight avionics. These new Patch Flyer solid state avionics are perfect for Experimental and Part 103 aircraft and are easy to use. Individual Patch Flyer instruments weigh only 1/2 ounce (15 grams), and the panel mounted line of instruments, including mounting hardware and connections, weighs less than one pound. They're designed to easily fit into instrument panels of homebuilt aircraft. Installation is straight-forward and many of the instruments are available in small enclosures which can be carried in the pilot's flight bag. They are offered in 3 versions: 1.75" square bezel (part 001), 2.25" round bezel (Part 002) and a 3x2x1 self-contained enclosure with a 9 volt battery (Part 003).
Instruments available include: Above Ground Altimeter, Air Speed Indicator, Dual EGT/CHT Gauge, Fuel Gauge, Inclinometer, Turn Rate Indicator, Variable Speed Indicator, Positive G Meter, Volt MiniMeter. New instruments are under development.
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