February 2021

Newsletter- February 2021

Alloy wheel option for the Snake

New for 2021 we have an alloy wheel and pneumatic tyre option for the Snake flexwing trike priced at £400+VAT. Similar to the wheel option already in place for the Minifox fixed-wing, these alloy wheels offer a more traditional appearance and slightly increased contact patch over the standard undercarriage. The total weight of the aircraft is increased by only 2.5kg, so still perfectly suitable for sub-70 operation in the UK if paired with a lighter wing or engine option. See below for a great deal on the first alloy wheel demonstrator in the UK.

Snake alloy front wheel option
The alloy wheel comes complete with an effective drum brake, as standard on all Snake trikes.
Snake alloy main wheels
The alloy wheels can be retro-fitted to all existing Snake trikes.

Fox13T wing lightened

In a happy coincidence, Aeros have managed to further reduce the weight of their Fox13T wing. Using the thinner cross-tubes from the Adam, the weight of the wing is now only a claimed 25kg when fitted with the optional ODL technora sailcloth. MTOW remains at 180kg- quite an engineering feat!

The Fox13T was already well suited to heavier options such as the 33Hp Black Bull engine or electric start, but this weight saving allows even more flexibility whilst remaining legal under the sub-70 limit.

Snake with Aeros Fox13T wing
A Snake with the Aeros Fox13T wing and BullMax 33Hp engine.

Vittorazi Moster Silent discontinued

Vittorazi have decided to no longer offer the Silent version of their popular Moster 185 engine from March 2021. The Moster Plus will remain in production; the main difference between this and the Silent version is the addition of a centrifugal clutch which weighs around 400grams and costs slightly more. If you would like to get hold of one of the last Silent engines please contact me asap as Vittorazi only have limited stock.

Vittorazi have produced a new Moster variant for ultimate performance, known as the Factory R. Available only with recoil start, the Factory R claims a total weight of only 13.7kg and an improved power output of 27Hp. This engine should retail around £3500+VAT and will be available for special orders only. For more details, follow this link.

Vittorazi Moster Factory R
The Vittorazi Moster Factory R

Vittorazi have also collaborated with Helix to produce a specific propeller matched to their engines. Unless otherwise specified, all carbon props ordered through Airplay with a Vittorazi engine will be these branded versions.

Price increases

Unfortunately due to the above news, along with increased complication for all manufacturers affected by Brexit, there are going to be a number of price increases implemented soon. I’m working hard to keep the price calculators on the website up to date, but please contact me for a final quote before ordering. If you are considering placing an order in the next few months please get in touch- there may be significant savings to be had.

Stock sale at pre-Brexit prices

Having purchased and built a number of aircraft for stock prior to Brexit with delivery costs already paid, I can now offer the following;

Snake trike: £5,808 inc VAT

Snake trike in metallic silver (free upgrade).
Corsair Black Devil (25Hp) recoil start engine and quick-release prop attachment.
Helix carbon propeller.
Alloy wheels.

Ready to pair with a wing of your choice. A potential candidate is a previous customer’s Avian Rio15 in Hot Red, already converted for use with a Snake (customer is upgrading to the Puma). Approx 80hrs use, but in very good condition. Asking price £2000, resulting in a total aircraft for an unbeatable £7,808 including VAT.

Snake trike with alloy wheels

Snake complete high-spec aircraft: £12,564 inc VAT

Snake trike in metal flake dark blue.
Last ever Cisco C-Max 175 (27Hp) engine with dual electric/recoil start and generator coil.
Wooden propeller.
Adventure luggage bag.
FlyElectronics Motomonitor instrument.
Grif 3DC wing in Black/Dark Blue dual colour undersurface.
PX20 leading edge.
Vortex generators.
Wingtip fairings and strobe lights.
Powder coated A-frame (dark blue).

Awaiting test flight- photos to follow.

Minifox Evo Speed enclosed cabin version: £23,800 inc VAT

Ready-built Minifox with Fluo Orange highlights with Evo Speed enclosed cabin and luggage bay.
Cisco BullMax (33Hp) engine with electric start.
Helix carbon propeller.
Alloy wheel & pneumatic tyre upgrade.
Analogue ASI and FlyElectronics Motomonitor instrument suite.
USB charging points.
Yaesu FTA450L VHF radio, whip antenna and Microavionics powered comms interface with Bluetooth connection.
CAA registered as G-MFUX.

List price on this is over £29,000 so represents a substantial discount.

Minifox G-MFUX with Evo Speed enclosed cabin
Minifox G-MFUX with Evo Speed enclosed cabin

All aircraft will be available immediately once test flights are complete. Listed options may be altered where possible subject to negotiation.