Aeromarine launches new ultralight

PUBLISHED: 12:54 14 October 2020 | UPDATED: 12:57 14 October 2020

Aeromarine’s Merlin Lite is effectively a smaller version of its popular Merlin aircraft

Aeromarine’s Merlin Lite is effectively a smaller version of its popular Merlin aircraft

Aeromarine 2020

Based on the Merlin - a popular single-seat plane - the Merlin Lite has a smaller engine, 50-degree Fowler Flaps and tundra tyres to make it an ultralight bush aircraft...

US manufacturer Aeromarine has launched its latest Part 103 ultralight aircraft, the Merlin Lite. The aeroplane is available with either a tricycle or taildragger undercarriage and features all-aluminium construction, dual independent hydraulic brakes, five-position flaps, pushrod controls with bearings, and a large luggage area, with an adequate C of G envelope to use it. The fifty-degree Fowler flaps and tundra tyres make it an ultralight bush aircraft.

Based on the Merlin, a popular single-seat sport aeroplane, the Merlin Lite’s cockpit is almost as large, but the smaller engine is used and the tapered wing’s aspect ratio is increased. It is available factory built or as a kitplane and can be flown in the USA on a Sport Pilot or even glider licence, as it qualifies as a motor glider.

The cantilevered high wing means there are no lift struts, which makes cabin egress easier. In addition to its ‘proper door’ the generously glazed cabin is equipped with air vents. Other features include electric trim, GPS and EFIS with artificial horizon. The dual-ignition, liquid cooled engine has an electronic management system and electric starter. The 12VDC system includes a USB charger outlet for a phone or iPad. Options include cabin heat and defroster, ‘temper foam’ seats, and long range fuel tanks.

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