Australian LightWing “Pocket Rocket”
Refurbished at Hughes Engineering
Engine: Rotax 582
3 Blade Carbon Fibre Brolga Prop
Contact Nick on (02) 66868658
Learn to fly in Tasmania with C.F.I Peter Reed.
Skyflyte Aviation provides a great service with their flight training school in Wynyard (160kms north-west of Launceston in Tasmania). The company also provides services such as aircraft maintenance, aircraft sales as well as offering help to relocate aircraft around Australia for new buyers and sellers.
Skyflyte Aviation offers training in two aircraft, The Lightwing GR912 and the Foxbat A22LS. The Australian LightWing GR912 is a Taildragger which enables it to be used in short and rough field operations. It is a great Bush Aircraft handling rough strips far better than Nosewheel Aircraft. It uses the famous Rotax 912 80 HP engine and has dual controls. Pilots completing their Pilot Certificate in the Lightwing will automatically be endorsed with Low Performance and Tail Wheel Endorsements. This aircraft features in the Australian LightWing Aircraft Database; (Manufacture #116) Here. Find out more about this aircraft at the Australian LightWing website.
The Skyflyte Flying School has many great innovative techniques designed to help the student get the most out of their lessons whilst on their journey to becoming a safe and proficient member of the Australian aviation community. Initiatives include using a GoPro camera to film each lesson so the students are able to clearly recap and study their lessons. Students are also required to practise approaches and landings on various airstrips, public and private, to sharpen their skills. Check out some of the footage from a landing on a farm local to the flying school. We find this footage to be truly superb and conveys the joy of flying! Love that turn just before the touchdown!
Skyflyte Aviation proudly presents each of their students on their website when they reach milestones in their training. We at Australian LightWing would also like to pass on our congratulations to the happy pilots!
You can also check out some great footage of the beautiful terrain which the flying school enjoys! And we thought we were in the prettiest place in Australia! Just goes to show, we live in a beautiful country!
If you’re in or near Wynyard, or visiting Tasmania, and at all interested in learning to fly as a full time or part time student, be sure to contact Peter Reed and get along to Skyflyte’ Flying in Tasmania Flying School and have a lesson!
Gift Vouchers are also available!
The first certified Australian LightWing has had a colourful history flying the Australian skies, and is still going strong.
It was manufactured in 1986, with completion on the 14th of October.
The first pictures we have of her are these stunning snapshots of life at the Factory on Smith Drive, in West Ballina, NSW.
All the parts assembled and ready to go! (A unique first day of school photo for the kids).
Certified as AUF#25 0032, the Australian LightWing took to the sky, and nothing has got in her way ever since.
We thank the owner for finding the copy of this article in the Pacific Ultralights Monthly magazine, published in March, 1995.
History of the First LightWing. By Dik Richardson.
25:0032 was the first production LightWing ever made, hence it’s airframe No. W 001.
The Aircraft took the trophy for “Grand Champion Ultralight” at Mangalore in 1987.
In the same year it became the first LightWing to fly across Australia from West to East. Between 11th May and 26th June, 1987, Major Don McNaught and a team of soliders flew it from Perth, WA, to Port Macquarie, NSW, via Port Hedland and Alic Springs – a distance of 7,000 kms. The operation was an army adventure training exercise called “Operation Persistance”. Three ultralights took part, two FlightStars and the 0032.
Her Early Life
Early in her life 25:0032 was a float plane for a while whilst being used as a demonstrator by her makers. October 1987 saw her first flight as a float plane when she took off from the Richmond River. She is still alive and well and still looking brand new as can be seen from the photos.
Made by Hughes Engineering
Engine: Rotax 532 – 65 hp 2 stroke twin cyl ADIC dual ignition. Liquid cooled.
Prop: Ground adjustable 2 blade by GSC
Fuel: Premium unleaded and Penrite TS 40C oil premixed at 40:1 mixture
Cap: 105 litres in 2 x 30 lt wing tanks. 1 x 45 lt long range tank behind seats.
Consumptions: 15 lts per hour
Cruise Speed: 75 Knots
Span: 7.325 metres
Chord: 1.4 metres
Wing Area: 160 sq ft
Length: 5.4 metres
Empty Weight: 200 kgs
0032 Today: Her owner keeps her in great nick and loves his Australian LightWing aircraft.
Thanks for the photos!