What is included with Skylite plans purchase?

22ea pages of construction plans on 17" x 22" Paper
1ea full size rib layout on 17" x 44" Paper
Construction Manual

Plans for future:
Access to Builders Forum to ask questions
Access to files to view 3D PDF and or E-drawings for Visualization in 3D of major sub assemblies.

Can the Skylite be built to meet Part 103 Legal

Yes that is the attraction to the Skylite. It is a true Ultralight that looks and fly's like an airplane. Of course with too many builder mods it can go over, but built per plans it will come in under 254 Pounds.

What engine options are there that will keep the Skylite within Part 103 limits

The original was built around the Rotax 277 yet that was over 25 years ago. Now there are new lighter choices that make it even easier to build and stay within Part 103.

Engines worth Considering:
Hirth F33
Polini Thor 250

Or if you have a Rotax 277 lying around that works just fine too.

What about 4 Strokes for the Skylite?

There have been many flown with the Half VW but its about a 15 - 25 pound hit over the Rotax 277 and due to that will not meet Part 103 with the Half VW. However if your diligent in your build it wont be far off.

There are other new 4 strokes currently in development and I expect that there will be a 4 stroke alternative that will weigh close to the Rotax 277 soon.

The Briggs Vanguard series is also just a bit too heavy as well.

Also if you do not need to meet Part 103 and open to N number registration the Half VW is a good option.

How many hours does it take to build a Skylite or Lil Bitts?

Skylite
The average build time for building the Skylite is 1200 hours yet many have been built in the 750 hour range. We plan to offer pre made components in the future on our parts page and builders can trade cost for time and finish sooner.

Items in the pipeline to be released soon are:

  • Wing rib raw material kit with Pre-bent rib profile material.
  • Fiberglass nose bowl
  • Various assembly sub kits.
    • Pre notched ready to weld fuselage tubing kit
    • Wing Kit
    • Empenage Kit

Lil Bitts
The average build time for building the Lil Bitts is 1200 to 1500 hours.  We plan to offer pre made components in the future on our parts page and builders can trade cost for time and finish sooner.

Items in the pipeline to be released are:  The Lil Bitts sub components will phase in a bit slower than the Skylite

  • Wing rib raw material kit with Pre-bent rib profile material.
  • Pre notched ready to weld fuselage tubing kit

The Lil Bitts sub components will phase in a bit slower than the Skylite

Can the Skylite and Lil Bitts be built in a single car garage?

Yes a single car garage is all that is needed. However, this will require hanging up finished assemblies such as the wings on a wall once finished to make room for building other assemblies. Even larger kit built aircraft claim they can be built in a single car garage, but more room is always better. But if its all you got with clever planning and tidiness of your work area it can be done.

What size pilot can the Skylite and Lil Bitts accommodate?

The Skylite fuselage can accommodate a pilot 6'4" tall. Should the need arise to accommodate a larger pilot, the fuselage can be built with the Cabane 2" higher. I myself am 6'4" and 225 pounds and will be building the fuselage with the added 2" as default.

Pilot weight is dependent on empty weight plus fuel deducted from the gross weight. The published gross weight of the Skylite is 520 Pounds and 5 gallons of fuel weighs 30 pounds so with that said it leaves 236 pounds for the pilot at max part 103 weight of 254 pounds. However there have been pilots who have built the Skylite and flown a bit over gross yet still fit within the CG range. This decision can be made by the builder but not endorsed by Cloudbase Aviation.

Regardless adhering to the Weight and Balance is imperative and its a good idea to calculate the weight and balance at full fuel and zero fuel to verify that the CG range stays within limits throughout the min and max flight conditions.

I see you show some CAD modeled components on your site are these available to builders?

As we move toward kitting sub components, we plan to release the CAD files for visualization purposes to plans owners.  No CAD experience required and they will be released as a 3D PDF.  These PDF files will go a long way in answering questions when they can be referred to in addition to the plans.  I currently have the Skylite Fuselage 90% done and will work on the wing layout next.

The plan is to also have an online forum setup once I have a handful of builders that can be used to answer questions and also allow builders to help each other out.  I will limit areas to Plans owners only to avoid members being off topic or relevancy.  If possible the 3D PDF files will be accessible from the forum.