Mosquito Aviation XE
|XEL variant with floats|
US$34,000 (kit, 2015)
|Developed from||Mosquito Air|
By 2015 Mosquito Aviation was out of business and the design was being produced by Innovator Technologies of Rockyview, Alberta, Canada. By 2019 the design was being produced by Composite FX of Trenton, Florida.
Design and development
The XE is a development of the Mosquito Air, with a cockpit fairing and a more sophisticated exhaust system, plus a rotor diameter increased by 40 cm (15.7 in) to support the higher gross weight. The aircraft was designed to comply with the US Experimental - Amateur-built and European microlight aircraft rules. It features a single main rotor and tail rotor, a single-seat enclosed cockpit with a windshield, skid landing gear and a two-cylinder, air-cooled, two stroke 64 hp (48 kW) MZ 202 engine.
The aircraft fuselage is made from composites and metal tubing. Its two-bladed rotor has a diameter of 5.95 m (19.5 ft) and a chord of 17 cm (6.7 in). The aircraft has a typical empty weight of 135 kg (298 lb) and a gross weight of 280 kg (617 lb), giving a useful load of 145 kg (320 lb). With full fuel of 45 litres (9.9 imp gal; 12 US gal) the payload for the pilot and baggage is 112 kg (247 lb).
- (2002) Open aluminum frame with tripod landing gear
- XE with floats. Meets United States FAA FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules for 254 lb (115 kg) and under for ultralight aircraft.
- 85 hp (63 kW) Inntec 800 2 cylinder 2 cycle
- XE3 - Discontinued
- 85 hp (63 kW) CRE MZ 301 3 cylinder 2 cycle
- 90 hp (67 kW) Solar T62-2A1 turbine
Data from manufacturer
- Crew: 1
- Length: 4.9 m (16 ft)
- Empty weight: 135 kg (298 lb)
- Gross weight: 277 kg (610 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 12 U.S. gallons (45 L; 10.0 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Compact Radial Engines MZ 202 2 cylinder, 2 stroke, 48 kW (64 hp)
- Maximum speed: 130 km/h (80 mph, 70 kn)
- Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 208. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
- "Your own helicopter for under $20,000". Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- Flying Magazine: 39. February 2008. Missing or empty