|G3 Mirage & GX|
|Role||Light Sport Aircraft|
|Manufacturer||Remos Aircraft Company GmbH, Passewalk|
|First flight||(G3) 20 September 1997|
|Developed from||Remos Gemini Ultra|
The Remos G3 Mirage and Remos GX are variants of a high wing, two seat, single engine light aircraft, built in Germany and sold world wide. The Remos GX has been the current model since 2006.
Design and development
The aircraft is marketed in the United States as a Light Sport Aircraft, and as an ultralight in most of Europe. It is a high-wing design, mostly using engines from the Rotax 912 family. It was developed from the similar Remos Gemini Ultra. The Mirage has the same layout, landing gear and structure but has a span reduced by 1.00 m (3 ft 3 in), is 170 mm ( 6.7 in) longer and is 34 kg (75 lb) heavier. The Mirage also adds an elevator trim tab and electrical flap operation. The Gemini's standard two-stroke 48 kW (64 hp) Rotax 582 engine was replaced in the Mirage by a 60 kW (80 hp) four-stroke Rotax 912UL.
The wings of the G3 Mirage have a constant chord centre section with straight tapered outer panels. The inboard sections carry electrically operated flaps. There is a single lift strut on each side, attached to the lower fuselage. Behind the cabin the fuselage is slender and carries a low set, straight tapered tailplane with horn balanced elevators. The fin and rudder are straight edged and sharply tapered, the latter horn balanced and ending at the top of the fuselage. There is a small underfin. The GX version introduced a long, integrated dorsal fin. The G3 Mirage has a tricycle undercarriage with cantilever legs mounted to the fuselage and with faired wheels.
The prototype and most production Mirages have been powered by 80 hp or 100 hp variants of the Rotax 912 flat four engine. The Mirage RS/L version had a Jabiru 2200 and one aircraft (D-MPCJ) had a two cylinder, 72 hp Swiss Auto SAB 430 turbocharged car engine, which saved 30 kg (66 lb).
The G3 Mirage first flew on 20 September 1997 with the lower powered Rotax. The first production aircraft also used this engine but had some small horizontal control surface modifications plus the addition of a horn balance to the rudder.
The GX has been the current production model since 2006 and features folding wings and monocoque carbon fiber construction. Its wing has a different airfoil than the G3, improving roll rate and giving better penetration of turbulence. The GX is fitted with either a Junkers or BRS ballistic parachute recovery system.
The GX2009 was introduced at the Sebring Expo. There were improvements to the instrument panel and interior and a new chromoly steel tube landing gear, which replaced the earlier composite undercarriage, is retrofitable to older models.
The G3 Mirage/GX has been produced to meet both European ultralight and US LSA regulations. By early 2009 over 300 of all variants had been sold world wide. About half were in Europe: in mid-2010 there were 156 G3 and GX aircraft on European civil registers west of Russia.  The rest went to countries including New Zealand, Thailand and the USA. Mirages were also sold to police forces in Argentina and to a military agency in Romania.
An analysis of the operating economics by Aviation Consumer magazine of the G3 versus the Cessna 152 in flight school use during 2013 showed that the G3 cost 50% more to operate than the thirty year old Cessna did.
Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 2010/11
- G3 Mirage
- First production version with 60 kW (80 hp) Rotax 912 engine, 1999
- G3 Mirage S
- 74.6 kW (100 hp) Rotax 912 ULS engine, 1999
- G3 Mirage RS
- Changes to rudder and undercarriage, roof window added, 2001
- G3 Mirage RS/L
- 64 kW (85 hp) Jabiru 2200A engine, lightened by 10 kg (22 lb), 2003
- G3 Mirage ARF
- Kit built, Almost Ready to Fly, 2003
- Changes to take advantage of the increased ultralight maximum take off weight (472.5 kg, 1,042 lb) allowed by 2003 regulations, 2004
- G3 RaLi
- Marketed by Jordanian Aerospace Industries 2004-6
- Current (2010) version introduced in 2006, with new carbon fibre wing; more integrated fuselage with dorsal fin and more storage space; ground adjustable pitch propeller
- GX eLite
- Version lightened by 20 kg (44 lb) for the European Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category, with an empty weight of 286 kg (631 lb) and a gross weight of 472.5 kg (1,042 lb). The standard engine available is the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL.
Specifications (Remos GX)
Data from Remos Website
- Crew: one
- Capacity: one passenger
- Length: 21 ft 3 in (6.48 m)
- Wingspan: 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
- Height: 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)
- Wing area: 118 sq ft (11.0 m2)
- Empty weight: 705 lb (320 kg)
- Gross weight: 1,320 lb (599 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 21 US gallons (79.49 litres) usable
- Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS four cylinder horizontally opposed aircraft engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
- Cruise speed: 123 mph (107 kn; 198 km/h)
- Stall speed: 44 mph (38 kn; 71 km/h) with full flaps
- Range: 552 mi; 889 km (480 nmi)
- Endurance: 6.0 hours
- Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,572 m)
- G limits: +4/-2
- Maximum glide ratio: 10:1
- Rate of climb: 1,280 ft/min (6.5 m/s)
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- "Remos Introduces GX 2009 at Sebring". Sport Aviation. March 2009.
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- "UK CAA register - Remos". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- "Cessna 152 vs. LSA: Vintage Wins the Day". Avweb.com. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 72. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
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