Brady Butterfield's Goat 4 Glider

I made a scratch-built, ultra-light glider over the past summer as an introduction to home-built aircraft. I completed my maiden flight testing this past weekend. This is a Goat 4 Glider utilizing Yando wing modifications for the high altitudes of Utah. This aircraft is classified as an ultra-light glider with the same FAA regulations as a hang glider or paraglider. The design and flying characteristics are similar to the primary gliders of the 1930s, see Cessna CG-2. This specific glider is a design from Mike Sandlin and Alan Beavis. CAD drawings are available for free with an available Yahoo group for support and suggestions. I will be flying my glider via vehicle towing on the salt flats of Utah and I hope to eventually be proficient enough to utilize the mountains as well for possible launch sites.

The glider is constructed from T6 Aircraft tubing and is 100 % garage constructed. Everything from the seat to the vinyl roundels is made from scratch. The glider is covered by light weight Dacron and painted with an inexpensive enamel. It only took 20 weeks to build, using my evenings and weekends. I am a private pilot and this is my attempt to satisfy the cravings of my flying bug without the high costs of powered flight.

Here is a youtube video to enjoy from this past weekend.


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Belite WoW Model

Belite extolled the features of its latest WoW (Wonder of Wonders) Plane (so named because of its paint scheme) at a press conference on Wednesday March 28 at SNF. The plane represents the prototype for a possible ASTM compliant single seater, and the company is flying the airplane under FAR Part 103, which allows operation without a medical. Continue reading "Belite WoW Model"

Belite Submits Patent for Revolutionary Inline Water Detection System for Fuel Systems

Belite Aircraft's patent pending fuel-sensor chip can detect liquid water in a fuel line before an engine coughs.

Belite Aircraft of Wichita, Kansas, announced the development of a 6 gram digital chip and probe combination sensor designed to detect liquid water in an aircraft fuel system.

Jim Wiebe, president and CEO of Belite Aircraft, introduced the product at Sun n Fun 2011. The circuit chip, with a tiny probe attached, is poised to revolutionize the safety factor of flight by setting off an audio or visual alarm in the cockpit if the presence of liquid water is detected in the fuel system in-line to the cylinders while the engine is operating.

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