The First Flight
Colorful at the sky for the first time
The Aerolite 120 started yesterday for its maiden flight. It was an exciting and at the same times a very emotional event for us. Tim, our test pilot, summarizes his impressions of this first flight:
„Right from the first moment of movement the pilot gets the feeling of a very well controllable aircraft. This impression is not disturbed by the following flight and landing experience. On ground the plane is following the pedal inputs in a direct but not too sensitive manner. Thrust and brake have good modulation. Precisely the take-off run can be controlled. The nose wheel is unloaded by pulling the control horn until the wheel lifts off. Seconds later the whole aircraft is beginning its flight.
The little two stroke engine is assiduously pushing the plane into the sky. Turns are done easily with a need of little opposite aileron supporting bank angles above 30 degrees. The controls are adjusted nicely even with relatively high forces on the aileron.
The control horn, not being usual for this kind of aircraft is forgotten by the pilot after the second turn and is therefore not disturbing at all. Coordinated turns ask for the use of both, aileron and rudder like it is known for aircraft of this category. Helpful in here is the turn coordinator on the instrument panel. The response to the controls is good and enables a precise movement of the aircraft.
All in all the pilot gets used to the aircraft quite quickly what is provoking him to fly with 75km/h, the head in the wind, close to the ground following the contours of the landscape – low and slow! …unfortunately in Germany that is not understood to be good airmanship.
Approach and landing are easy even if it is the first time on the Aerolite120. Flaring can be controlled precisely with the elevator. With engine idling the approach is getting quite steep and the landing short. Flying on an idle glide the controls is keeping their good response – no loss of maneuverability was observed.
It has to be considered that these impressions are gained on a short flight with no winds or thermals. Accurate performance data and characteristics will be determined during the flight test program.
I am looking forward the fly the Aerolite120 again.“
Breaking news. Breaking news. Breaking news.
Load tests completed. Passed!
We joyfully announce that the AEROLiTE 120 passed all safety related load tests successfully with flying colors.
At this point we would like to thank all people who´ve been involved in this great success: Heinz, Harmut, Niclas, Ronny, Axel, Simon, Peter, Bodo, Ehrhard, Tim, Rolf, Werner, Hildegard, Stefanie, Herrn Arndt, Christian and of course to the responsible initiators and CEO’s of VIERWERK GmbH Wolfgang and Thilda Labudde. We´d also like to thank to all these positive and encouraging talks at the Aero 2014, telephone calls, mails/letters by interested potential customers and of course to all our Facebook friends, who supported us with posts and personal messages.
Our conclusion is that in recent intensive and busy months an ultralight aircraft in the 120 kilo class will enter the European market. In perfect harmony with decades of experience from the biggest Aviation Nation, USA, and refined by professional and highly demanding engineering from Germany, in short, a successful European version called Aerolite 120.
Finally up in the air.
The completion of the certification process will be the final flight test which we are going to solve in ‘Franzfelde’ (within all strict german LTF-L/UL specificated regulations as well). In seek of the European wide license all documentations are going to the proper public authorities after that.
We´ll keep you up-to-date.
Your very relieved AEROLiTE 120 team.
Status of the Europe certification process, fulfilling the German LTF-L regulations
The AEROLiTE 120 solved 80% of all certification process relevant load tests successfully. That makes us proud! Only the base of the tail boom needs necessary changes. After the modification and a new test we start with the flight tests.
At least we will collect all translated documents and everything will be submited by us VIERWERK GmbH in france for the Europe wide certification.
After passing successfully you can finally fly the AEROLiTE 120 legally. For further detailed informations fill out our Newsletter contact form.