|Status||In production (2013)|
Design and development
The Skycruiser was Bautek's first trike design and was designed to comply with the German 120 kg microlight category. The aircraft features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a single-seat open cockpit, tricycle landing gear with finned wheel pants and a single engine in pusher configuration.
The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its double surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 9.5 m (31.2 ft) span Bautek Pico L wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame weight-shift control bar. The powerplant is a specially modified and tuned twin cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke, 38 hp (28 kW) Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 1000 engine. This engine provides good fuel economy with a low noise level of 55 dB and produces a cruise speed of 90 km/h (56 mph).
The aircraft has an empty weight of 75 kg (165 lb) without the wing fitted and a gross weight of 238 kg (525 lb). The fuel tank holds 30 litres (6.6 imp gal; 7.9 US gal) of fuel.
The Skycruiser is German DULV certified.
Data from Bayerl
- Crew: one
- Wingspan: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
- Wing area: 12.2 m2 (131 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 75 kg (165 lb) (carriage and engine only)
- Gross weight: 238 kg (525 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 30 litres (6.6 imp gal; 7.9 US gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 1000 twin cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 28 kW (38 hp)
- Propellers: 3-bladed composite
- Maximum speed: 130 km/h (81 mph; 70 kn)
- Cruise speed: 90 km/h (56 mph; 49 kn)
- Stall speed: 43 km/h (27 mph; 23 kn)
- Rate of climb: 4 m/s (790 ft/min)
- Wing loading: 19.5 kg/m2 (4.0 lb/sq ft)
- Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 207. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X