Cloudbaser Trikes Cloudbaser

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Role Ultralight trike
Manufacturer Cloudbaser Trikes
Status Production completed

The Cloudbaser Trikes Cloudbaser is a flying wing ultralight trike that was designed and produced by Cloudbaser Trikes. The aircraft was supplied as a kit and was also available as plans for amateur construction.[1]

Production has been completed and new aircraft are no longer available.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, including the category's maximum empty weight of 254 lb (115 kg). The Cloudbaser has a standard empty weight of 185 lb (84 kg). It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a single-seat, open cockpit, tricycle landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its single surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 185 sq ft (17.2 m2) area wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame control bar. Because of the light weight of the aircraft, standard hang glider wings can be used. The landing gear features a steerable nose wheel. The standard recommended engine is the Rotax 447 twin cylinder, two-stroke single ignition powerplant of 40 hp (30 kW).[1]

The Cloudbaser was designed for minimalism and also portability. The use of a single surface wing makes it easier to fold up and transport on a car-top rack. Set up time is reported to be 30 minutes.[1]

A two-seat version was also marketed by the company.[1]

Specifications (single seater)[edit]

Data from Cliche[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wing area: 185 sq ft (17.2 m2)
  • Empty weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
  • Gross weight: 575 lb (261 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 5 U.S. gallons (19 L; 4.2 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 447 twin cylinder, two-stroke single ignition aircraft engine, with 2.5:1 reduction gearbox, 40 hp (30 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 50 mph (80 km/h; 43 kn)
  • Stall speed: 28 mph (45 km/h; 24 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 1,100 ft/min (5.6 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page E-47. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4