Further Information

The author may be contacted by email - Colin@G-CFDZ.com

Nanolight Regulations Worldwide

In the UK an aircraft under 115Kg without pilot or fuel may qualify for the Single Seat De-Regulated catagory. The regulations are still being developed through the issue of exemption notices, the latest of which removed the requirement for a noise certificate. Aircraft in this classification are required to be registered with the CAA.

In the USA the Part 103 - Ultralight Vehicles regulation covers single seat aircraft up to 254 pounds (115Kg) empty wieght.

In Australia, where the term "nanolight" was coined, aircraft below 70Kg empty weight do not require registration. Arial Pursuits , based in Victoria, Australia, have a website dedicated to nanolights with some very useful information and further links.

In France the classication is know as PULMA (Planeurs Ultra Legers`a Motorisation Auxiliaire). Single seat aircraft up to 300Kg MTOW or 315Kg if fitted with a parachute do not require registration. The Appulma Association Francais provide detailed information about the regulation and many good links to some of the lightweight aricraft available.

The Alize Trike

The Alize trike is available in the UK from DTA (UK) Ltd.

The French manufacturer Ellipse make the Fuji & Titan wings often fitted to the Alize trike. Their web has a page featuring the Alize, in French of course.

DTA (Delta Trikes Aviation) are the french manufacturer who make the trikes under licence. They do not feature the trike on their website.

The Exxtacy Wing

The Exxtacy wing was designed by Felix Ruehle and built by Flight Design in Germany. The company is still in business but no longer make hang glider wings, having opted to concentrat on light aircraft. Their Exxtacy brochure invited the reader to "fly their dreams".

I found some details for tuning the exxtacy wing in a repair manual published by Vulture Squadron Productions in 2004.

Felix Ruehle further developed his design in creating the Atos family of gliders for A.I.R.

The OZ Report carries an interview with Felix Ruehle talking about the ATOS as the sucessor to the Exxtacy.

Other Rigid-Wing Trikes

G-CFDZ is not the only Rigid-Wing sub-115 microlight.

The trike that first got me really excited about the concept was Thistledown. Built by Arial Pursuits in Australia. It has a Solo 210 engine and is currently using an ATOS wing.

World wide there are about 30 other rigid wing trikes built and flown by enthusiasts. A list of these aircraft and known manufacturers can be found in The World Directory of Rigid Wing Trikes.

SSDR Discussion Groups

Yahoo Group: NanolightTrikers

BMAA "Push to talk" Forums Single-Seat Deregulated

Other Resources

Microlight.org maintains a comprehensive database of microlights past and present.

This French site gives an excellent list of lightweight engines suitable for SSDR aircraft