Houde Bimax

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Bimax
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Patrice Houde
Designer Patrice Houde
Introduction September 2010
Status In production (2011)
Unit cost
57,000 (assembled, 2015)

The Houde Bimax is a French ultralight aircraft, designed and produced by Patrice Houde, introduced at the Blois homebuilt aircraft fly-in in September 2010. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The Bimax was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules. It features a cantilever low-wing, a two-seats-in-tandem enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1][2]

The aircraft is made from wood, with its flying surfaces covered in doped aircraft fabric. Its 8.25 m (27.1 ft) span wing is detachable for ground transportation and storage. Standard engines available are the 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912UL and the 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912ULS four-stroke powerplants.[1][2]

Specifications (Bimax)[edit]

Data from Bayerl and Tacke[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 8.25 m (27 ft 1 in)
  • Empty weight: 278 kg (613 lb)
  • Gross weight: 472.5 kg (1,042 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 110 litres (24 imp gal; 29 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912UL four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 60 kW (80 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 250 km/h (155 mph; 135 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 210 km/h (130 mph; 113 kn)
  • Stall speed: 64 km/h (40 mph; 35 kn)
  • Never exceed speed: 280 km/h (174 mph; 151 kn)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 58. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 60. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X