The aircraft we use for training is a modern, factory built, 560Kg Light Sport Microlight. The Eurofox 3K has two comfortable velour seats, a tricycle undercarriage and is powered by a 100 HP Rotax 912 ULS aero engine. The impressive instrument panel has a comprehensive set of Kanardia flight instruments with combined analogue and digital displays and includes a Kanardia Horis with artificial horizon, heading indicator, g-meter and timers. There is also a comprehensive set of engine monitoring instruments.
Microlights have moved on quite a lot in recent years. Far from being a few scaffold poles with a deckchair for a seat and a lawnmower engine to provide the power as the media would have you believe, we have advanced somewhat.
With a power to weight ratio approaching 200 BHP/Tonne it has very impressive take off and climb performance. Maximum allowable speed (Vne) is 135 Knots (155 mph) but it is happier cruising in the 70-90 knot region (80-105 mph). The 85 litre fuel capacity gives it a maximum range of 620 miles, providing plenty of range to really go places.
In addition it has:
- Cabin heater.
- Carburettor heat.
- In flight adjustable oil cooler flap.
- 8.33 kHz Transceiver.
- Mode S transponder with ADSB Out.
- Landing lights.
- Navigation/Strobe lights.
- Full aircraft recovery parachute.