Merlin Lite Introduced at the Midwest Expo!

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:

  1. What made you design and produce this little craft? Modern technology. The majority of Part 103 ultralights are still tube and fabric and cables. It has been very challenging and capital-intensive to design and manufacture a more conventional aircraft that can meet the strict Part 103 parameters of weight and stall speed. But now with 3D CAD systems and match-hole technology punch presses it is possible. And we proved it at the Midwest Expo by bringing scales with us and proved we were 8 lbs. under the limit! Customers can include paint and more complex instrumentation now and still be compliant. But of course more important is that they have the pleasure and comfort and security of flying an aircraft that has the looks and feel of an aircraft.
  2. I am interested in the  ‘magic’ feature of an electric trim and why you felt it necessary to include this> We include a LOT of features rarely, if ever, found in ultralights like the EFIS, phone charger, electric trim, flaps, windows, air vents, cabin heat, defroster, etc. Most of these items don’t add much to the cost or weight but add a lot to the impression and value of the aircraft.
  3. Who are you aiming at buying your craft? We do not have such a defined market as this style aircraft is both new and has a wide appeal. Low cost flying without burdensome regulation.

The Merlin Lite certainly attracted a lot of attention at this show. Today is the last day then back to Dayton to continue preparation for test flights then production.

 

Above photos highlight some of the details and features. Notes:

  • Huge baggage area
  • 5 position 50 degree flaps
  • Racing quality 3-point seatbelt
  • Real throttle
  • Dual independent hydraulic disk brakes
  • Full EFIS and Ipad panel with 2 GPSs, moving map, radar overlay, EMS, charging port, and fuel gauge.

Here is an excerpt from the price list showing all that is included:

 FINISHED AND READY TO FLY MERLIN LITE$31,000
 BRS 500 RESCUE SYSTEM$4,500
 POLINI 250DS ENGINEINCLUDED
 ELECTRIC STARTINCLUDED
 3-BLADE GROUND ADJUSTABLE CARBON PROPELLERINCLUDED
 INTERIOR FULLY EPOXY-PRIMEDINCLUDED
 ELECTRIC TRIMINCLUDED
 TUNDRA TIRESINCLUDED
 DUAL INDEPENDENT HYDRAULIC BRAKESINCLUDED
 AIRSPEED INDICATORINCLUDED
 FUAL GAUGEINCLUDED
 ENGINE INSTRUMENTS: TACH, WATER TEMP, CHTINCLUDED
 TRICYCLE OR TAILDRAGGERINCLUDED
 12 VOLT POWER SUPPLY/CHARGERINCLUDED
 EARTHX BATTERYINCLUDED
 DUAL AIR VENTSINCLUDED
 6 WINDOWSINCLUDED
 PUSHROD CONTROLS WITH TRIPLE BEARINGSINCLUDED
 5-POSITION FOWLER FLAPSINCLUDED
 25 LBS BAGGAGE CAPACITYINCLUDED
 4.15 GALLON WING TANKINCLUDED
 OPTIONS
 3-1/8 EFIS (ASI, ALT, BALL, G-METER, VSI, GPS, ARTIFICIAL HORIZON, COMPASS, HEADING INDICATOR)$950
PAINTING$2,500
TEMPERFOAM SEATS$350
2ND 4.15 GALLON WING TANK$600
CABIN HEAT & DEFROSTER$450

We are planning for the first deliveries in January and the order book is open to reserve production slots.

Now back to work.

CHIP

2 replies
  1. Patrick Kiser
    Patrick Kiser says:

    I am very excited about this airplane! I live in Tucson, Arizona, which as you probably know, gets lots of sun. Great weather but the UV is not so great for fabric or Dacron. I’ve been flying since 1987, mainly in Cessna 152s and 172s, and lately, the AeroTrek A240 Light Sport. All nice planes but the Cessna’s I cannot fly out of my local dirt strip (ultralights and Light Sport only) and the AeroTrek is close to 100k to buy! This airplane is metal, enclosed, has nice options such as heat and a good instrument package, and inexpensive to buy and operate! I will be taking a serious look at this plane!

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