A Featherweight Instrument Panel for Ultralights

Belite goes ultra-light in instruments.

Belite Electronics introduced its Patch Flyer solid-state avionics package at Sun 'n Fun on Friday. Designed for Part 103 ultralights, the Patch Flyer instruments are truly ultra-light, weighing only 15 grams (1/2 ounce) each.

"You can have the entire line, all eight instruments, in your panel, and the whole thing weighs less than one pound," said James Weibe, co-owner of Belite Aircraft.  The electronics include a volt minimeter, CHT/EGT gauge, with preamp, fuel gauge, turn rate indicator, airspeed indicator, positive g meeter, inclinometer, above-ground level altimeter, battery condition voltmeter and vertical speed indicator.

Instruments can be had for between $50 and $150 apiece, "and the entire panel will cost you less than $1000," Weibe said.

Contributing Editor Amy Laboda is a freelance writer and editor of Aviation for Women magazine. She's an ATP-rated pilot and instrument and multi-engine Flight Instructor with a passion for teaching and flying in light aircraft. Her steady rides these days are a 18-year old Kitfox IV and a fresh Van's RV-10.

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