1997 AEROLITE 103

The Aerolite 103 was designed by long-time aviation enthusiast Terry Raber in 1996. The first prototype Aerolite 103 flew on October 6, 1996. Aerolite 103 debuted at Oshkosh in 1997. Between 1997 and 2012, hundreds of Aerolite 103’s were produced. It is sold as an assembly kit aircraft. The kit includes an illustrated assembly manual and pre-built fuselage, wings, control surfaces, jury struts and struts. The wings are covered by the builder with pre-sewn Dacron envelopes. This American, single seat and high wing aircraft has pusher configuration. Pusher configuration is supposed to be the earliest arrangement in airplanes, wherein the propeller faced backward and was placed right behind the aircraft’s engine. Several engines may be used with the Aerolite 103, including the Hirth F33, and F23, the Kawasaki 340 and 440, and the Rotax 377, 447 and 503. This aircraft has always been extremely popular and highly regarded by both experienced and newer pilots.

Specifications:

Empty Weight

MTOW

Stall Speed

Cruising Speed

Range

Never Exceed Speed

Max. speed

Rate of Climb

Wing Span

Height

Length

235 LBS (125 KG)

600 LBS (272 KG)

35 MPH (57 KM/H)

63 MPH (110 KM/H)

194 KM

75 MPH (122 KM/H)

70 MPH (113 KM/H)

800 FT / MIN (4.1 M/S)

26’ 10’’ (8.18 M)

6 FT 5 IN (1.96 M)

17 FT (5.19 M)

Empty Weight 235 LBS (125 KG)

MTOW 600 LBS (272 KG)

Stall Speed 35 MPH (57 KM/H)

Cruising Speed 63 MPH (110 KM/H)

Range 194 KM

Never Exceed Speed 75 MPH (122 KM/H)

Max. speed 70 MPH (113 KM/H)

Rate of Climb 800 FT / MIN (4.1 M/S)

Wing Span 26’ 10’’ (8.18 M)

Height 6 FT 5 IN (1.96 M)

Length 17 FT (5.19 M)