Aeroplane Monthly 1981-05
A.Welch - So you want to fly a microlight?
Weedhopper microlights are being mass-produced in kit form in Utah, USA. The company even produces a two-seat trainer version.
Sales of the single-place version passed the 1,000 mark in December 1980. Available in kit form, the single place Weedhopper sells in the USA at $3,395. The two-place version can be assembled in 50hr and costs $4,495.
Two views of the Skycraft Scout powered by a 173 c.c. Pixie Major two-stroke engine. The Scout is of conventional aircraft layout and takes off and lands on its well sprung landing gear.
A Volmer VJ-23E Swingwing during take-off with the pilot already in his seat.
A Volmer VJ-24M powered by a McCullough 101 which develops 11 h.p. at 6,000 r.p.m.
Demonstrating the controls of the Volmer VJ-24. The bottle behind the pilot’s head contains drinking water.
The American Hummer, powered by a 250 c.c. two-stroke engine. Weighing 170lb it is claimed that the Hummer can cruise up to 55 m.p.h. for four hours on four gallons of petrol.
The Catto Goldwing canard. The pilot is enclosed in an aerodynamic nacelle, to reduce drag.
The Catto CP 16 designed by Craig Catto of Cupertino, California.
Eipper-Formance Inc, of San Marcos, California market a variety of microlights.
The twin-engined Ultraflight Lazair is powered by two 100 c.c. chainsaw engines.
Close-up of the Chargus T250's Fuji Robin engine and glassfibre 3-bladed prop.