The Aircraft

Dave Sykesís Amazing flight required one of the most up to date state-of-the-art microlight aircraft available..

A specially modified aircraft with hand controls fitted that enables Dave to fly without the use of his legs, which made his flight even more courageous as he only has one hand on the wing and one hand on the steering on take off and landings.

Dave has also had a special light weight aluminium wheelchair made that dismantles and fits in the back of the aircraft.

Powered by the Rotax 912S 100HP four cylinder, four stroke engine the aircraft can fly at speeds of up†to 90MPh.† It has a maximum weight of 450Kg including the fuel and pilot and can land in a†distance as small as 200metres.

An auxiliary fuel tank has been fitted to give a combined† fuel capacity of 180 liters which will enable Daveís microlight to have an†endurance of up to 14 hours and range of over 800 miles.

Fitted with the very latest GPS system for navigation, VHF radio and Transponder to be in touch with air traffic control on the way, also fitted to the aircraft is a life raft and carrying a personal satellite emergency locator beacon, a satellite phone, ELT (Electronic Locating Transmitter ).

The Microlight has also been modified to cope with the extreme temperatures -60 degrees and below. Special Teflon wiring throughout the aircraft and a heated module for the radio and transponder, and of course a set of specially developed ski's for the microlight.

Dave Sykes will also be fitted out with the most advanced flying suits and gloves to keep out the extreme cold along with a state of the art helmet and intercom system, there is no doubt that this tiny machine is very well equipped to deal with the challenges that Dave will encounter.

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