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Light Aero Avid Flyer

Light Aero Avid Flyer


Designed by Dean Wilson and introduced at Oshkosh ’83 with a gear reduction Cuyuna, the Avid Flyer is an easy-to-build kit taildrag­ger or trike gear high-wing monoplane, with wings that fold for towing. Front wing spar pins are removable, and the rear spar and the bottom of the struts are on the same vertical line, so after quick removal of a light sheet metal centre section cover, all that’s necessary is the pulling of two pins and both wings pivot aft, without disconnecting any controls, to sit alongside the fuselage. In this condition it is narrow enough to be towed and, since the gear is based on bike wheels and brakes, it takes nothing more than a steel bar that clamps the bottom of the tail to a rear bumper, as it rolls on its own wheels.
Most of the gear components are the same on the tail dragger version which can be converted back and forth in a few hours.

The wing has full-span flaperons.



Light Aero Avid Light


The Avid Lite is in the microlight category. The fuselage is a welded steel spaceframe and the wings consist of two tubular spars linked by plywood ribs. Recommended power is a Rotax 582 as flight qualities suffer with higher power.
The 1983 Avid Flyer cruised at 80 mpg on 43 hp and the kit cost $8496.
1983 Avid Flyer
The Avid Litephib uses the same configuration as the Avid Lite, and allows water operation.


Avid Flyer IV

Avid Flyer IV




Engine: Rotax 532.
Empty wt.: 380 lbs
Max wt.: 911 lbs
Wing span: 29ft 10.5 in
Length: 17’.
Wing area: 122.46 sq.ft
Wing loading: 6.94 lbs/sq.ft
Power loading: 14.23 lbs/hp
Max speed: 90 mph
Cruise: 85 mph
Stall: 25 mph
Vne: 90 mph
Seats: 2

Engine Cuyuna 430, 43 hp.
Cruise 80 mph
Stall 25 mph
Climb rate 1400 fpm
Service ceiling 19,000 ft
Takeoff run 75 ft
Landing roll 100 ft

Airdale Avid Plus
Engine: Rotax 582, 65 hp
Hp range: 65-110
Cruise: 90 mph
Stall: 35 mph
Range: 350 sm
ROC: 890 fpm
To dist: 630 ft
Ldg dist: 500 ft
Empty wt: 450 lb
Gross wt: 1200 lb
Length: 18.3 ft
Wingspan: 29 ft
Wing area: 122.5 sq.ft
Cockpit width: 43 in
Seats: 2
Landing gear: tail or nose wheel.


Avid Lite
Empty weight: 180 kg
Wing span: 9.10 m
Wing area: 13.5 sq.m
Fuel capacity: 53 lt
Certification: Vz
Engine: Rotax 503, 52 hp
MAUW: 431 kg
Seats: 2
Max speed: 145 kph
Cruise speed: 130 kph
Minimum speed: 56 kph
Climb rate: 5 m/s
Fuel consumption: 17 lt/hr
Kit price (1998): 130 750 Fttc
Avid Litephib
Empty weight: 272 kg
Wing span: 11 m
Wing area: 16.6 sq.m
Fuel capacity: 66 lt
Engine: Rotax 618, 74 hp
MAUW: 344 kg
Seats: 2
Max speed: 160 kph
Cruise speed: 120 kph
Minimum speed: 57 kph
Climb rate: 2.5 m/s
Fuel consumption: 17 lt/hr
Kit price (1998): 192 200 Fttc











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