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Ultracraft Calypso


Designed and built in Belgium by Erik Reynders as a low-cost homebuilt microlight aeroplane, the first Calypso was a single-seat which first flew in October 1994. Construction of about 24 airframes of the Calypso in single seat or two seat configuration were started by 2004, of which 14 were ready to fly in that year.

The homebuilt kits of the Calypso are produced by Ultracraft in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. The kit delivered to a customer includes a completed airframe of welded chrome-molybdenum steel tube, and an aluminium cockpit. Composites and wood are used in the aircraft and its wings. Power-unit options include the 2-stroke Rotax 582 and the 4-stroke Rotax 912 engine. The wings of the Calypso can be folded, which reduces the needed parking space in the hangar.


Engine: Rotax 447, 40 hp
Wing span: 8.65 m
Wing area: 11.5 sq.m
MAUW: 295 kg
Empty weight: 150 kg
Fuel capacity: 40-60 lt
Max speed: 155 kph
Cruise speed: 105 kph
Minimum speed: 50 kph
Climb rate: 3 m/s
Certification: Belgique
Seats: 1
Fuel consumption: 8 lt/hr
Price (1998): 630 000 FB




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