Another aircraft takes to the skies over and around New Garden Flying Field! EAA240 member Bert Shipman has complete work on his kit aircraft utilizing EAA240’s hangar, workshop and expertise. And you’ll now see it regularly now as Bert completes the fine-tuning fights, necessary on any kit-built aircraft.
The plane is an Aerolite 103, manufactured in Deland, Florida but sold as a kit for folks who want to build it themselves. It was ordered at Oshkosh 2016, and the subsequent build would not have been possible without the advise and enthusiasm of many EAA members, the excellent EAA hanger and facilities, and the community of pilots at New Garden Flying Field.
The Aerolite is powered by a 30hp Kawasaki (snow mobile engine) which because of weight qualifies the craft under FAA regulation 103 which governs true ultralite vrs experimental/light sport. Logic: you don’t need a pilot certificate, and if you are a pilot with a denied medical…this is the only way to fly as PIC.
Bert is delighted with the flying experience in the Aeroilte thus far, reporting that he was pleasantly surpised at the overall stability and ease of flight in calm air. It looks and sounds fabulous too!
Many congratulations to Bert, and also to those in the Chapter who encouraged and assisted him in this very impressive endeavor.