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Timothy Drumm
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#1 Posted: 12/15/2009 19:49:09

Is anyone building or flying the Hiperlight? I would be interested in your impressions. It is now being produced by Ron Jones at Thunderbird Aviation.

http://www.hiperlightaircraft.com/



Chase Balcom
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#2 Posted: 12/30/2009 22:34:02

  I bought one in kitform once  along with a colb and a team aircraft ,..

I had intended on building the hyperlight,..worked on some of the wing structure,..but ended up selling it.

from what I have heard and read ,..it is a sweet flying  craft,..the one that I had was actually  the predecessor ,..a guppy ,..which is still for what it's worth ,..a hyperlight.

 

Chase

 

 



Steven Hartley
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#3 Posted: 1/5/2010 19:36:40

I bought one a few years ago in the Seattle area. I flew it for over 100 hours all over the state of Washington Including up the Columbia River Gorge. It had stits fabric and a 447 and was N numbered. I loved that great little airplane and have many fond memories. It had a very steep angle of glide, due to all its drag, power off. It flew very close to VNE straight and level. It also handled like a little hot rod. I read a lot, at the time, that people would get hurt doing aerobatics. I did not do any aerobatics. It was my first plane in Ultralights and was very forgiving to me.

 

Steve



Grant Smith
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#4 Posted: 1/29/2010 21:07:09
Steven Hartley wrote:

 

I bought one a few years ago in the Seattle area. I flew it for over 100 hours all over the state of Washington Including up the Columbia River Gorge. It had stits fabric and a 447 and was N numbered. I loved that great little airplane and have many fond memories. It had a very steep angle of glide, due to all its drag, power off. It flew very close to VNE straight and level. It also handled like a little hot rod. I read a lot, at the time, that people would get hurt doing aerobatics. I did not do any aerobatics. It was my first plane in Ultralights and was very forgiving to me.

 

Steve

 

I may have ferried that aircraft from Yakama to Arlington for the new owner last fall. Nice plane but needed some work. I would recommend the Hipperlight as a much better than average UL.



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Joseph Maynard
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#5 Posted: 2/6/2010 15:38:27

 

Hi Tim .... I own both a single and two place Hiperlight. They are great flying little airplanes.  Been flying the single place since 2001 and test flew the two place in 2008. The single place has a 1/2 vw engine and I put the HKS engine on the two place. ..... Joe Maynard



Richard Holcombe
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#6 Posted: 2/14/2010 10:25:56

Joseph

I'm tiping the scale at a little over two forty lbs.

Would you think the two place built with a single seat would be a better option for someone my size. And would it be as much fun to fly as the single place 

I'm flying a Champ 7CCM, with 90 hp and do not need another long legged cross country machine, but here on the Oregon Coast flying anywhere means sixty plus miles over country where walking home would not be fun.



Seth Jackson
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#7 Posted: 5/26/2010 14:47:56

Out at my mom's house, we have ultralight meetings every saturday of each month and there is a guy that has a hiperlight. It is a cool little airplane. If i'm correct (please correct me if I am wrong) Hiperlights are aerobatic. I am not exaclty sure though. Overall, it is a cool little airplane.



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#8 Posted: 8/14/2010 09:16:21

Have owned / flown an SNS-8 ( 1985 ) for the last 15 yrs. My weight: 160#.

 It's a great plane.

 Mosler engine 35-40 hp  Full throttle, 3,200rpm:  about 75+mph ..... criuse at 2900rpm:  about 60mph @ 1.5 gph. Full throttle climb on a 80 deg day is about 150 fpm. With a 447 Rotax, the climb rate is 300+ fpm and cruise rpm gives you speeds similar to the Mosler. Enclosed cabin makes for a good cold weather plane, this one has cabin heat. It is a straight forward, easy to fly aircraft . It lands slowly, with the flaperon.  . The Hiperlight needs a little more rudder input for coordinated turns than other ULs.

 If you are fat ... it is less desireable. A friend at 225# flew this one, not a strong climb rate but flew well.

 



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Dick Anderson
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#9 Posted: 8/14/2010 11:46:19

I agree, a very cool airplane. Aerobatic? That depends on the maneuver and how much stress the airframe is required to resist to successfully perform that maneuver. A friend of mine used to loop and snap roll his Luscombe until he discovered corrosion in the horizontal stab. Even after repair, he decided that a 50+ year old airplane should probably be babied. I know of 2 hiperlights- one had the wings fold up after the second loop. Before taking off the pilot was warned by the owner not to perform extreme maneuvers- like loops. His reply- probably his last words- was- "But, it's a biplane!" The other hiperlight went through a fence after an engine failure. The owner/pilot walked away and easily repaired the damage. So, the hiperlight is a very strong, safe airplane up to a point. That point, however, can still be exceeded by a stupid pilot.



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Ernie Garner
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#10 Posted: 8/21/2010 18:10:07

Hi, Tim.

The SNS-8 is a great airplane.  Highly recommended.

Hello, Joe.   Glad to see your SNS-9 is in the air!

Ernie Garner



Dave Cadorette
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#11 Posted: 8/28/2010 18:36:57

I am also seriously considering a hiperlight ultralight.  Unfortunately, I have a bad left leg and the entry method just will not work for me. I am a stress engineer (aerospace) and have been studying several alternative structual ideas including composites to keep the weight down. I am encouraged by the folks that have indicated the 1/2 vw works well...  I have had bad experience with 2 strokes! (part of the reason for bad left leg!)

Seriously considering composite wing structure.  (Static test at least to 6g's limit!)



Ernie Garner
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#12 Posted: 8/28/2010 19:49:40
Seth Jackson wrote:

 

Out at my mom's house, we have ultralight meetings every saturday of each month and there is a guy that has a hiperlight. It is a cool little airplane. If i'm correct (please correct me if I am wrong) Hiperlights are aerobatic. I am not exaclty sure though. Overall, it is a cool little airplane.

 

You might have this airplane confused with the SNS-7  Hiperbipe, an unlimited aerobat.  Same company, different bird.   I understand one of them holds the record for the most consecutive outside loops.   Seems like it was over 300.   You would want to eat a light breakfast.


Ernie