I know, been quiet. And my 10 readers are expecting some test flight news too. I sat in Ohio for a week waiting for flying weather that never arrived. Then I remembered I live in Florida. So I packed up the merlin Lite and shipped it to Lakeland. But that also required a complete reorganization […]
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As I was about to begin another round of flight tests with the new Merlin Lite the PPG engine monitor crapped out. I ordered a new one from Polini to replace the PPG meter I had left over in the hangar. By the time it arrived the weather crapped out. I spent a week in […]
Great idea for installing the wings without a helper. Randi has the only Merlin taildragger in USA and recently finished and flew it. I will ask him for his impressions. Here are some of his build comments: Have ~0.7 on engine in taxi tests, am very happy with engine all the temps look good. have prop […]
The Merlin Lite has gone public! The first post was by Dan Johnson and has gone viral with nearly 20,000 views in the first 2 days! A record for Dan’s popular site: https://www.bydanjohnson.com/merlin-lite-new-all-metal-fully-enclosed-deluxe-part-103-ultralight/ Here are some questions and answers from a journalist in South Africa: What made you design and produce this little craft? Modern […]
From my esteemed colleague Ben Bosma, our Vtwin partner: For my pilot friends; It’s been awhile since I’ve added an update to my Hybird® project. Not to make excuses, but I’ve been busy with other things. I have a standing rule that no airplane gets built unless you do something every day even if it’s […]
Revolutionary? That’s a bold claim. But I think I can back it up. Here is an excerpt from our forthcoming press release: Dayton, Ohio: Aeromarine is making the bold claim that their new Part 103 ultralight aircraft is truly revolutionary. “This is not your 1980s ultralight’ claims designer Chip W. Erwin. “I know, I was […]
Photo from prototype system 2014 and from July, 2020 I was right 6 years ago when I said electric power would be great in an ultralight. I was wrong to think I could do it myself. Well, I did do it myself, just not good enough to be a commercial product. Rather than repeat a […]
Last Friday the FAA inspected Randi’s Merlin and with zero snags issued the airworthiness certificate. Randi attended our Dayton, Ohio based build center. Engine test was the day prior to the inspection. This is one beautiful Merlin. Perhaps Randi will write us a guest blog as he flys the hours off. Now I have slightly […]
I finally made it back to our Dayton workshop where we are backlogged 5 builds. At lease some of them are pretty far along. One customer will have his Merlin taildragger inspected this Friday. In summary: *One electric-powered Zigolo “Electrolite” is nearly finished. I expect to fly it this trip. *One Merlin taildragger with a […]
I have been locked down in our Florida pool home on a private ski lake for over a month. I am only skiing once a day. Sigh. And the last container of aircraft and floats has been quarantined in our Dayton hangar. But from May 1st with the restrictions lifting I can finally make a […]