|National origin||United States|
Wings Of Freedom
|Status||Production completed (2019)|
|Number built||26 (1998)|
Design and development
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 aircraft has a standard empty weight of 240 lb (109 kg). It features a strut-braced high wing, a single-seat, open cockpit, conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration. The design is intended to resemble the high-wing air racers of the 1930s.
The Skylite is constructed with a welded 4130 steel tube fuselage, with the wings built from riveted and gussetted aluminum tubing. The wing ribs are made from angled aluminum and have an 18 in (46 cm) spacing between them. All surfaces are covered in 1.6 oz aircraft fabric finished with latex. Its 29.1 ft (8.9 m) span wing is supported by "V" lift struts and jury struts and features full-span ailerons. The vertical stabilizer is highly swept back. The pilot is accommodated in a semi-enclosed cockpit with a windshield. The specified engine was the Rotax 277 of 28 hp (21 kW), but being plans-built other powerplants were also used.
Due to its plans-built construction and complex design, only a small number of aircraft were completed before the plans were initially taken off the market. Today plans and kits are again available from Wings Of Freedom of Hubbard, Ohio as well as the newly resurrected Raceair Designs. Construction time is estimated as 750 hours.
By 1998 the company reported that 300 kits and plans had been sold and 26 aircraft were completed and flying.
- Crew: one
- Length: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
- Wingspan: 29.1 ft (8.9 m)
- Wing area: 117 sq ft (10.9 m2)
- Empty weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
- Gross weight: 520 lb (236 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 5 U.S. gallons (19 L; 4.2 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 277 , 28 hp (21 kW)
- Maximum speed: 60 mph (97 km/h, 52 kn)
- Cruise speed: 47 mph (76 km/h, 41 kn)
- Stall speed: 27 mph (43 km/h, 23 kn)
- Range: 90 mi (140 km, 78 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 9,000 ft (2,700 m)
- Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (2.0 m/s)
- Wing loading: 4.44 lb/sq ft (21.7 kg/m2)
- Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page E-35. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
- Virtual Ultralight Museum (n.d.). "Skylite". Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- Wings of Freedom. "Wings of Freedom". www.wingsoffreedomaviation.com. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
- Wings Of Freedom (2010). "What We're About". Archived from the original on 20 February 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Raceair Designs (n.d.). "Raceair Designs". Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, Fifth Edition, page 231. BAI Communications, 15 July 1998. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
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