PowerTrike Evolution

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Role Ultralight trike
National origin Germany
Manufacturer PowerTrike
Status Production completed (2014)
Unit cost
19,833 (2011)

The PowerTrike Evolution is a German ultralight trike, designed and produced by PowerTrike of Mackenbach. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1]

As of 2014 the design is no longer indicated as available on the company website.[2]

Design and development[edit]

The Evolution was designed to comply with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight category. It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a two-seats-in-tandem open cockpit with an integral cockpit fairing, tricycle landing gear with wheel pants and a single engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft is made from composites, with its double surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth and supported by a composite monopole pylon. Its 10.5 m (34.4 ft) span wing is supported by a single tube-type kingpost and uses an "A" frame weight-shift control bar. The powerplant is a twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, two-stroke, dual-ignition 50 hp (37 kW) Rotax 582 engine. The main wheel suspension is provided by fibreglass gear legs.[1]

The aircraft has an empty weight of 178 kg (392 lb) and a gross weight of 472.5 kg (1,042 lb) when equipped with a ballistic parachute, giving a useful load of 295 kg (650 lb). With full fuel of 40 litres (8.8 imp gal; 11 US gal) the payload is 266 kg (586 lb).[1]

The aircraft is German DULV certified.[1]

A number of different wings can be fitted to the basic carriage, including the Bautek Pico and the Cosmos Chronos in wing areas of 12 m2 (130 sq ft) and 14 m2 (150 sq ft).[3]

Operational history[edit]

The Evolution has been flown to World Microlight Championships and also European Microlight Championship honours.[1]

Specifications (Evolution)[edit]

Data from Bayerl and PowerTrike[1][3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 10.5 m (34 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.321 m (7 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 12 m2 (130 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 178 kg (392 lb)
  • Gross weight: 472.5 kg (1,042 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 40 litres (8.8 imp gal; 11 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, two stroke aircraft engine, 48 kW (64 hp)
  • Propellers: 4-bladed Junkers 170 composite, 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) diameter


  • Maximum speed: 128 km/h (80 mph; 69 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 110 km/h (68 mph; 59 kn)
  • Stall speed: 45 km/h (28 mph; 24 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 5 m/s (980 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 39.4 kg/m2 (8.1 lb/sq ft)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 218. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ powertrike.de (n.d.). "Products". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b PowerTrike (n.d.). "PowerTrike Evolution". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

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