Belite Aircraft Introduces Float Option at AirVenture
Belite Superlite on MukTuk Floats
Belite Aircraft introduced a new float option at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Any Belite ultralight can now be converted to a seaplane. The floats by MukTuk Floats require 40 hours of construction time for the pair. Materials are plywood and fiberglass with optional kevlar and carbon fiber reinforcements. The cost is $2,000 for the kit, and the floats weigh 29 pounds each, just under the 30 pounds allowance in FAR 103. Belite exhibited both a low-cost version of the Belite Superlite and a tricycle-geared, high-performance version called the Supertrike at AirVenture.
The low-cost version of the Superlite, which won 2010 Grand Champion Ultralight honors at Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, in April, deletes options that many pilots don’t require, such as carbon fiber wings, interior options, and a ballistic parachute. The engine is a 50-hp Hirth F33 de-rated to 38 hp to keep it under the 63-mph top speed for ultralights.
The Superlite features dual ignition, a welded steel fuselage, four-point safety harness, four-position flaps, lightweight Belite avionics panel, and a 5-gallon spun aluminum fuel tank. The cost is $28,665, and the flying weight is under 254 pounds.
The tricycle-geared Belite Supertrike is the top of the line model that includes carbon fiber spars and a BRS parachute to get the maximum weight allowance. The weight savings permits the inclusion of a free castering nosewheel and more interior options while still staying within the ultralight weight limit. Belite CEO James Wiebe describes the handling characteristics as virtually identical to the conventionally geared Belite, except that it’s easier to take off and land.
Watch this video of the Supertrike in flight. Supertrike owners can reconfigure the aircraft back into the conventional taildragger if they choose. The appropriate attachment points are already built into the fuselage, and folding wings are standard. The mechanism is extremely fast and easy and allows for compact hangar storage. For more details and photos, see the Belite Aircraft website. E-mail Belite Aircraft at Info@beliteaircraft.com or call 316-253-6746.