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Airborne Australia to Reveal New FAR 103 Trike

Airborne Trike
Spy photo of early prototype Thermalite trike
Photo courtesy Tabor Coates at www.FlyTrikes.net

Hang glider and trike manufacturer Airborne Australia has announced it will introduce a new FAR 103 single-seat trike at the upcoming Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, and at the nearby Wallaby Ranch hang gliding resort. The Thermalite trike is powered by a four-stroke Bailey engine and was designed for a pilot weight up to 242 pounds. Photos of the new trike have yet to be released, so details may vary from the early prototype shown here.

Terri Sipantzi of Precision Windsports in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Scott Johnson of U.S. Airborne Sport Aviation at Eagles Nest Flight Park in Asotin, Washington, are the U.S. dealers for Airborne Australia products including light-sport trikes and the new FAR 103 trike. Scott and Terri will be at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and also at the Wallaby Ranch during the week of the fly-in. Terri’s website and newsletter promises to have more information about the new trike. Read his latest post about the testing of the Thermalite trike wing here.

The Bailey 4V-200 is a single-cylinder four-stroke engine with four valves that turns up to 8200 rpm producing 22 hp while utilizing an integral Poly-V belt reduction drive. It has electric start and weighs just 43 pounds. Previous versions of the engine have been well proven in powered paragliders. Listen to the sound of the smaller 175-cc engine running in this video. Airborne has kept many details of the new trike under wraps apparently to build expectations. Early reports indicate it could be based on Airborne’s Sting 3 wing, and the general configuration suggests the possibility of retractable main gear, a feature found on some other light trikes intended for soaring. Airborne Australia says come to Florida to see the finished product, and watch the website www.Airborne.com.au for more details.

A visit to the world-famous Wallaby Ranch hang gliding flight park is a must for light aviation enthusiasts visiting Florida. It is said to be the first full-time aero-towing hang gliding park in the world. The park is open seven days a week, all year round. Aero-towed solo and tandem hang glider flights are launched from a three-wheeled dolly that drops away at takeoff. Both the takeoff and landings can be done on wheels. See the website at www.Wallaby.com to learn about introductory flights and get directions to the site. It’s only a short flight or a short drive from the Lakeland Linder Airport, the site of the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In.

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