Packing light & flying high
TRENTON, Fla. --“When this category was created in 1973, i’m sure that the folks that created it had no idea that there would ever be the ability to make a helicopter.”
This is the mosquito:a single seat helicopter that qualifies under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 103 as an “Ultralight” aircraft.
“Things have advanced to the point where we can get that weight down and we can actually do it and do it safely,” says Dwight Junkin, owner of Composite FX.
That’s because the mosquito is made of fiber-resin composite material that makes it incredibly light-- a technology that is used in boats. Junkin got the idea from his full-time business of manufacturing boats.
“We were still building boats when I originally built the first prototypes of the mosquito and were flying them, but when 9/11 hit that kind of hit the boating industry pretty hard,” he says.
They saying goes “when one doors closes, another opens”... Junkin decided to focus his business on manufacturing the Mosquito.
“If you go back 20 years ago, the materials that we use this aircraft as light as it does to qualify for ultralight just was not available,” says Junkin.
This airframe weighs 62 pounds and can fly as fast as 100km/h. Something that appeals to aviation enthusiasts and former pilots who may not qualify for a FAA medical certification.
“And you can fly that aircraft without a registration and you can fly it without a license—legally.”
The Mosquito is also making an impact on the unmanned aerial vehicle industry.
“The farmer can take this aircraft out to the field, program it for the field and just hit a go button. It starts itself, it takes off, it sprays the field and it will come back and land all by itself with no human intervention.”
And this technology is located in one place nationwide: Trenton, Florida.
To learn more about Composite FX, click here.
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