Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ultralight HoneyBee G2: UPDATE

New UL Owner!
Good morning to all you Ultralight Gyroplane fans!

As you might expect, the statistics of this blog have consistently shown that the HoneyBee G2 Ultralight is a major favorite globally.  There are as many people following my posts on the UL as there for the Two Place Tandem.  

The challenge of creating a "great" (not just okay or good) flying UL Gyroplane is to make it safe and easy to fly. On top of this, it has to perform well.  That's exactly what we have done!  

I recently flew our UL and it is exactly what we want it to be.  The 202 performed flawlessly!  

Here are a few of the upgrades that are currently on our Ultralight HoneyBee G2 Gyroplane. 

  1. Engine: The original engine was an MZ 201. This is a great engine but it did not provide us with the performance profile that we were looking for. The UL engine been upgraded to the MZ 202. WOW! What a difference that made.  
  2. Plating: Jeremy did a  full review of loads and load paths which has allowed us to reduce the plating layouts in about 3/4 of the airframe. Since the UL was a downstream "child" from our heavier Single Place Frames, it is no wonder that the UL was overbuilt. We now have doublers where we need them and light plating where we don't.
  3. New Tail: The new, carbon fiber-composite tail with an ultra simple hinging system saves us 13 pounds.
  4. Wheels: The light weight, Azusa Light/wheels/tires saved us 6 pounds!
  5. Rotor Head: Back in 1998, I designed our G1 Rotor Head; it is now standard on the UL.
  6. Brakes: Nose wheel and Rotor Head brakes are both Hydraulic units and work great
  7. Pre-rotator: Soft Start is standard
  8. Panel: Grand Rapids Technology is standard with Rotor Tachometer....and more! 
Could this be a fully enclosed UL?
After flying (and lovin' it!) the one in the pictures for a couple of days, it was finally time to pack it up and send it home.  Our staff fell in love with this little UL so much that we decided to build one for "our own use" so that we can keep it around for awhile.

Boy oh boy, do I love flying UL's!


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