Sportlite 103

Basic UltraLight Motorized welcome to the world of low-budget flying

Thanks to Mitko Bukrsliev I got word of the existence of this airplane. It was unknown to me. I hope to get it known to you now.

On their site the Sportlite 103 is describes as:
"The Sportlite 103 falls under the 103 legal ultralight regulations which can be built from plans, kits, or ready to fly.
Eric Grina, who has a background in aviation mechanics, is currently the head of engineering for SMT, Inc. and brings his years of engineering experience to FBI. Eric is well versed in 3 dimensional CAD software and has totally converted the old hand sketched plans over to computer generated drawings to assure an accurate, easy to read plan.
Our mission is to help make it simple for our customers to achieve their dream of flight.

What I like the best is the documents that go with the kit. The plans are CAD drawn. I remarked the next on their site about the info package: "It also now includes a CD with a 3-D construction view of the Sportlite that you can actually rotate and zoom in on each part of the plane.  You'll have fun playing with this." Not many firms have this.

About the kit they tell the next: "This is the perfect kit for the home builder who can do it all.  This is all the materials you need to build a Sportlite 103. The plans, which are included, have detailed dimensioned CAD drawings for each part in the plane.  We also supply a template with a 1:1 print of each bent part and the layout of the bending fixture you will need to make it.  Don't worry, we're here to answer any questions you have as you go and if you find that a particular part is too difficult to make, order it from us and go on to the next one. You will have complete satisfaction knowing that you hand crafted this airplane from scratch.
Full detailed engineered CAD drawings for the Sportlite 103. This is the perfect package for anyone who wants to build their own Ultralight from scratch. The Sportlite 103 Construction Manual details every part in the plane.
The package also contains templates, Poly-Fiber's "How to Cover an Aircraft" manual, FAA Part 103 rules, a complete list of Ultralight instructors in the USA, materials sources and much more."

It comes at a price of $3 000 (feb 2004).

Empty Weight 113 kg (250lbs)
Gross Weight 240 kg (530 lbs)
Wingspan 7,92 m (26 ft)
Wing Area 142 sq ft
Length 4,72 m (15 ft 6 in)
Height 1,57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Fuel Capacity 19 l (5 gallons)
Build Time (kit) 50 hours
Build Time (plans) 250 hours

Engine used for tests: 447 Rotax
Power 40 hp (29,8 kW)
Cruise 89 km/h (55 mph)
Top Speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Stall Speed 35 km/h (22 mph)
VNE Speed 121 km/h (75 mph)
Rate of Climb 259 m/min (850 fpm)
Takeoff Distance 23 m (75 ft)

More info at: or at
Free Bird Innovations, Inc.
PO Box 904
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Phone: 1-800-850-3708 or 218-844-5914