Rainbow Aircraft

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Rainbow Aircraft
Private company
Industry Aerospace
Founder Mike Blyth
Headquarters Dal Fouche Springs, Gauteng, South Africa
Key people
Chief Engineer & Designer: Vladimir Chechin
Products Ultralight trikes
Ultralight aircraft
Owner Vladimir Chechin
Website www.rainbowaircraft.co.za

Rainbow Aircraft Pty is a South African aircraft manufacturer based at the Springs Airfield in Dal Fouche Springs, Gauteng. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of flex-wing ultralight trikes and fixed-wing ultralight aircraft.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

The company was founded by Mike Blyth in South Africa. Vladimir Chechin came as a visitor to the country from Russia in 1994 and decided to immigrate, finding work at Blyth's company. In 2002 Chechin purchased the company from Blyth.[2]


Summary of aircraft built by Rainbow Aircraft
Model name First flight Number built Type
Rainbow Aerotrike Cobra 70 (2005) Ultralight trike
Rainbow Aerotrike Safari 45 (2000) Ultralight trike
Rainbow Aerotrike Scout 45 (2000) Ultralight trike
Rainbow Aerotrike Spirit Ultralight trike
Rainbow Cheetah fixed wing ultralight aircraft


  1. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 73. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b Alison, Steve and Athol Franz (March 2009). "History of Rainbow - Vladimir Chechin". Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page C-1. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  4. ^ Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 108. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  5. ^ Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 235. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  6. ^ Downey, Julia: 2000 Trike and 'Chute Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 17, Number 2, February 2000, page 49. Kitplanes Acquisition Company. ISSN 0891-1851
  7. ^ Downey, Julia: 2005 Trikes 'Chutes and Rotorcraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 22, Number 2, February 2005, page 49. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851

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