Belite Aircraft, which last year introduced the use of lightweight carbon fiber structural components into its FAR Part 103 aircraft, unveiled at Sun ‘n Fun a line of lightweight, solid state avionics designed especially for experimental and Part 103 aircraft.
Marketed under Belite Electronics, Patch Flyer instruments include: Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI), Air Speed Indicator (ASI), Turn Rate Indicator (TRI), Above Ground Level Altimeter (AGL), Inclinometer, Positive G Meter, Battery Condition Voltmeter,Volt MiniMeter, Cylinder Head/Exhaust Gas Temperature (CHT/EGT) Gauge, and Fuel Gauge.
Individual instruments weigh only 1/2 ounce, while the panel-mounted full line of instruments, including metal water jet cut panel, mounting hardware and connections, weighs less than one pound.
“They’re designed to easily fit into instrument panels of homebuilt aircraft,” said James Weibe, CEO. “The more experience we gain, the more potential we’ve seen for innovation. I’ve been able to apply my electronics background to my love of aviation. I want precision and reliability when it comes to how much fuel I have left or what turn rate I’m experiencing, but I want to stay simple and practical. These devices are fun and useful and will make flying much more enjoyable, more precise and perhaps even a little safer. They’re extremely simple, lightweight and easy to install, so they are ideal for those of us who spend time flying ‘around the patch’ — hence the name.”
The instruments use lights and colors to alert pilots, he noted.
For more information: BeliteAircraft.com.