Cyclone AX2000 3-axis(fixed wing) Microlight – top left
The AX2000 is a high wing side-by-side seat, centrally located stick controlled monoplane. This popular aircraft has been designed with the beginner in mind, being very forgiving yet giving very lively performance especially when it comes to operating from short unprepared fields. Experience has shown that students who learn on this aircraft find conversion to other aircraft much easier. This is due firstly to the requirement to use the rudder pedals in order to fly the aircraft more precisely, and secondly, the light control forces normally only found in more advanced type aircraft. This makes for a more relaxed and less strenuous flight even in turbulent conditions.
The main structure is made from aluminium alloy tube with steel fittings and covered with polyester (sailcloth) fabric. The aerofoil section is defined by the use of pre-formed aluminium ribs. The undercarriage has an independent sprung shock absorbing system on each of the large wheel assemblies. The fuselage keel member is fitted with a HKS DCDI engine, reduction drive and tractor propeller.
This 4-stroke, 2 cylinder horizontally opposed engine has dual spark ignition, magneto and an electric starter system. The engine is oil colled and the cylinder barrels are free air cooled. It uses normal unleaded petrol but can operate on aviation gasoline (AVGAS) as well.
Pegasus Quantum 912 Weightshift(Flexwing) Microlight – ‘The motorcycle of the Sky’ – top right
The Pegasus Quantum is a tandem seat, flexible wing, weightshift controlled microlight. This aircraft has proved itself to be one of the most popular weightshift aircraft in the world today, being used by the majority of schools in the UK.
It is a fun aircraft to fly where you actually feel part of the aircraft and the flying environment. Often described as the motorcycle of the sky, it is very manouverable with an unequalled open cockpit view of the world below.
It is extremely forgiving, having mild stall characteristics normally associated with lower performance craft, yet still producing fast cruise speeds and very high climb rates.
The main structure of the rolling chassis (trike) is made from aircraft grade aluminium alloy tube. Rigid composite seats are fitted, which locate onto a tubular seat frame. The rear undercarriage comprises of steel alloy tubes with elastomer suspension incorporated into aluminium alloy struts. The nosewheel undercarriage is steerable and incorporates footrests with throttle and brake controls. The ‘hang glider‘ type wing is made from aluminium alloy tubing and polyester (sailcloth) fabric with the aerofoil section defined by pre-formed aluminium and composite ribs.
The trike is fitted with a rear mounted Rotax 912, 80 hp engine, reduction drive and pusher propeller. This 4-stroke, 4 cylinder horizontally opposed engine has dual spark ignition, magneto, dry sump lubrication and electric starter system. The cylinder heads are liquid cooled and the barrels are ram-air-cooled. It uses normal unleaded petrol but can operate on aviation gasoline (AVGAS) also.
Thruster T.S.T. – above
The Thruster T.S.T. is a highwing monoplane providing side-by-side seating for 2 occupants. It has conventional 3-axis control with dual rudder pedals and throttle controls and a single centrally mounted control stick for ailerons and elevator. The aircraft is powered by the Rotax 503 DCDI(dual carb, dual iginition) free aircooled 2 cylinder 2-stroke engine providing spritely performance on short grass runways. It is a rugged design originally intended for the Australian outback and a great aircraft to learn your tailwheel skills.