See you at Midwest Expo!
excerpted from KITPLANES — By Steve Ashby -August 1, 2021
If there is any doubt that aerodynamic innovation exists in the realm of ultralights, all one needs to do is look at what Aeromarine LSA President Chip Erwin has done to his Merlin Lite ultralight on display at AirVenture. The Merlin Lite, a totally redesigned version of the popular light sport Merlin, is a wonder of design in its own right. What other ultralight is all aluminum with a fully enclosed (and even heated) cockpit? With sleek lines and a fully cantilevered and tapered wing, the Merlin Lite is also low drag, unlike most other ultralights.
Aeromarine LSA is managed by Chip W. Erwin, a serial entrepreneur with 40+ years of experience bringing affordable sport aircraft to the market.
All new and all-aluminum true Part 103 ultralight aircraft!
You’ll fly in comfort and safety. Get the Light Sport Aircraft feel without the expense and regulation. This aircraft doubles as a self-launching glider. The finished (fully-assembled) price includes a BRS rescue system and glass EFIS panel for only $35,000!
The Merlin is a sporty personal sport aircraft with a true 120mph cruise.
It’s offered as a very quick-build kit with builders’ assistant available. That means your Merlin can be completed in less than 2 weeks! When fitted with our proprietary V-Twin 4-stroke engine and a nice panel, the total finished price can be under $40k.
An affordable and modern 4-stroke engine with 60hp power making a perfect match for the Merlin!
The Aeromarine V-Twin is a 60 hp liquid-cooled SOHC 800cc 80-degree V-Twin engine with electric start. This engine incorporates state-of-the-art in technology with decades of reliable history and thousands in service. Combined with our matching reduction drive results in the perfect power system for the Merlin aircraft and at an excellent price point.
Wing Span: 25.7
Empty Weight: 415lbs
Cockpit width: 27.5
Fuel capacity: 12 Gallons
Cruise Speed 120 MPH
Payload 300 lbs
Fuel capacity 12 gallons: 4 hours endurance
Baggage space for roll-on luggage and more
2-week build program
$35,000 base price FINISHED
Higher wing loading than LSA: Fly in comfort all day