Ready-to-Fly: Includes Engine, EFIS, EMS, & Electric Trim.

FINISHED PRICE: $35,500
BRS Included!

The ‘Merlin Lite” is an all-new version of the Merlin and has a longer wing and a lighter airframe to meet the FAA Part 103 ultralight rule.

 

What is Part 103?

PART 103 is the USA FAA rule that allows ‘ultralight’ aircraft to fly without any certification, registration, pilots’ license or medical. It has a strict empty weight limit of 254 lbs and speed range of 24 to 55 knots. This UL rule has been adapted by many other countries that mirror the FAA regulations including China. Thousands of ultralights are already flying in USA and in China.

For the Part 103 compliance we only install one wing tank with 4.15 gallons capacity which is good for about 4 hours flying with the Polini engine. For those looking for extended range you can add a second wing tank to the opposite wing as both wings are designed to accept a wing tank. BTW, the Merlin Lite will accept both long and short wings so you can select your preference or even change wings perhaps during soaring season or for a faster cross country.

The Merlin Lite fits Part 103 perfectly.

The Merlin Lite can be flown as a Part 103 ultralight with virtually no regulations but will require a BRS rescue system to increase the allowable weight. The Merlin Lite may also be registered  in the Experimental class which does not have the weight and speed restrictions of Part 103.

Our demo Merlin Lite has on the panel:

  • 12 volt charging power supply
  • Electric trim and indicator
  • Full EFIS with
    • Artificial horizon
    • Airspeed
    • Altimeter with pressure window
    • VSI
    • G Meter
    • Compass
    • Heading indicator
    • Ball
    • GPS
  • iPad mini with Foreflight navigation software and weather radar overlap
  • Fuel on-off valve
  • Engine control subpanel with on-off, 2 mag checks, and starter button
  • Fuel gauge with optional extended range fuel tank gauge
  • Engine monitoring system with 2 timers, RPM, CHT and coolant temperature.
Pictured below: Merlin Lite long wing with 3-hinge Fowler flap designed to meet the Part 103 24 knot stall speed.

The new longer wing brings the Merlin Lite stall speed below 24 knots which is the limit for the FAA Part 103 rule. Have a look at the 3-hinge Fowler flap. This flap is slotted and deflects to 50 degrees which really slows down the aircraft yet when fully retracted is very clean. Combined with the cantilevered wing our Merlin lite with this high aspect ratio wing will have a L/D ratio suitable for motor-gliding or efficient flight under electric power. Wing span increases to 32 feet.

Price List

Merlin Lite Price ListQuantityUSD
MERLIN LITE FINISHED AND READY TO FLY - TRICYCLE GEAR. INCLUDES POLINI 303DS, CARBON PROPELLER, TUNDRA TIRES, AIR SPEED INDICATOR, ELECTRIC TRIM, HYDRAULIC BRAKES, 12V POWER SUPPLY, ENGINE INSTRUMENTS, FUEL GAUGE, AIR VENTS, ELECTRIC START, EARTHX BATTERY, 4.15 GALLON WING TANK1$31,000
OPTIONS
BRS 500 Rescue System$4,500
3-1/8 EFIS with GPS$995
2nd Wing Tank$600
Cabin Heat$450
STROBE/NAV/POSITION LIGHT LED WHELAN BLAZE SET$575
Temperfoam Seats$400
ONE COLOR PAINTING$3000
AIRFRAME KIT PRICE
MERLIN LITE QUICK-BUILD E-A/B AIRFRAME KIT (100% FINISHED AIRFRAME)$22,000
POLINI 303DS ENGINE & FIREWALL FORWARD PACKAGE$7,000
Freight to USA1$3,000
Container Packing1$500
Florida Sales Tax if Applicable

Coming Soon: Electrolite®️

The Electric-powered Merlin Lite