Stall: 27 mph
Cruise: 45 mph
Top Speed: 60 mph
V.N.E.: 85 mph
R.O.C.: 400 fpm
T. Off Dist.: 500'
Fuel cap: 5 gal
Wing Area: 117 sq. ft.
Empty Weight: 249 lbs
Gross Weight: 520 lbs
Rotax 277: 28hp
Prop: Tennessee 60"d x 20"p
The Skylite was actually designed and built to satisfy a temporary need. I had a short term medical issue in the late 1980's which I thought might curtail my flying for a few years. The solution...Design and build a 103 compliant Ultralight!! I had flown the prototype CGS Hawk Ultralight and that became my inspiration.
Completed in June of 1991, we had a machine that flew well right off the drawing board. Everyone who flew it loved it. We took it to the Oshkosh and I never thought it was a Grand Champion Contender, but – WE WON!! After Mary Jones wrote an excellent article about the Skylite for sport Aviation Magazine, the calls and letters flooded in. I drew the plans and the design became quite popular with the Homebuilders.
Years later the old #1 Skylite was sold and later was heavily damaged while in an enclosed trailer that flipped in a tornado.
The Skylite was later repurchased in 2005 in terrible need of restoration. We took it to Florida, where I did a full restoration, including some new ribs, a spar, a wingtip, a rudder, and all new fabric with Butyrate Dope finish.
A new Hirth F-33 was installed and that was the configuration it flew as in Florida. After selling the Hirth and relocating to South Carolina, the Skylite was re-fitted with a Rotax 277, as it had originally.
Today old #1 is approaching 600 hrs flying time, and is enjoying life in sunny South Carolina.
- Ed Fisher
Build thread of Skylite on Sport Aviation Association Forum