Mainair Blade

The Mainair Blade is a British flying wing ultralight trike that was designed and produced by Mainair Sports and later P&M Aviation.

The aircraft was designed as a high-end touring trike, and has a maximum gross weight of 390 kg (860 lb).

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Variants

Blade 582
Version powered by a 48 kW (64 hp) Rotax 582 engine. Price in 2003 was £16,450.
Blade 912
Version powered by a 60 kW (80 hp) Rotax 912UL or the 74.5 kW (100 hp) Rotax 912ULS. In 2003 it was reported that the Blade 912 accounted for the majority of customer orders. Price in 2003 was £21,800.

Specifications (Blade 912)

 

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Wingspan: 10.6 m (34 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 15.6 m2 (168 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 190 kg (419 lb)
  • Gross weight: 390 kg (860 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 65 litres (14 imp gal; 17 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912 four cylinder, four-stroke aircraft engine, 60 kW (80 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 145 km/h (90 mph; 78 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 106 km/h (66 mph; 57 kn)
  • Stall speed: 48 km/h (30 mph; 26 kn)
  • Range: 407 km; 253 mi (220 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 3,048 m (10,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 6.35 m/s (1,250 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 25.0 kg/m2 (5.1 lb/sq ft)

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