In the last few years there has been growing interest in lightweight trikes. They even got their name 'nanolight' for being extremely light compared with conventional trikes. These little ones attract pilots for being as portable as possible - a nanolight trike can be folded up to fit in the back of many cars, the entire aircraft can be de-rigged and stored at home with minimum time and effort. Some pilots choose nanolight trikes just to have an alternative on normally non-soaring days, others - to open up new soaring opportunities.
The new Aeros Nanolight Trike, AnT, fully complies with the concept of maximum portability. Its main landing gear is manually retractable even in flight! And of course one wouldn't need any tools to retract or extend the landing gear on the ground.
With the new ANT we continue to develop our concept of offering the maximum choice that can satisfy any customer's needs and requirements. Have a look at the choice of Aeros wings for a nanolight trike:
A Discus T has been specially designed for nanolight trikes, with a Discus hang glider used as a base. The Discus T comes in two sizes, Discus 14T and Discus 15T.
Handling a Discus T in the air is as easy as handling an ordinary hangglider. With a Discus T you have the freedom to carry your own launch mechanism in the back of your car, to take off almost anywhere, to thermal and fly in comfort and silence whenever you want and to explore new locations beyond the reach of the tow or mountain launch pilots. Or, if you wish, use the engine to tour or to just get in the air.
Fox T is another wing for nanolight trikes for those who want to feel the simplicity and real pleasure of bird-like flying. It is a completely different feeling when you fly the Fox T: slow, low and maneuverable flying is real fun! The Fox T has been developed from our beginner glider Fox and has been reinforced and adapted exclusively for flying with nanolight trikes.
Combat T is another step higher in nanolight technology. It is designed for those who want to extend their abilities of flying faster and farther with their lightweight trikes. Besides, due to its unique design, your nanolight trike with a Combat T wing will allow you the whole aircraft storage with the wing only partially derigged and folded in but still attached to the trike, almost ready-to-go.
Two power unit options offered for a nanolight trike also aim at satisfaction of any customer's needs. You can choose either a two-stroke JPX M25 that has an excelent price/performance ratio, or a Bailey V5 four-stroke engine optimal for minimizing further maintenance costs.
As an example, an ANT trike with a Discus T wing and a Bailey V5 power unit at cruising speed consumes as little as 2,5 litres of fuel per hour, offering incredible fun at minimal cost. You can power fly it for over 3 hours and use less fuel than for your drive to the tow park and a single tow with a tug!
|Weight w/o engine, kg *||23|
|Weight with JPX M25 (2 str., 25 hp), kg *||46.5|
|Weight with Baily V5 (4 str., 20 hp), kg *||46.5|
|Fuel tank volume, l||18|
|Sizes (folded, no prop, JPX M25), m||L = 1.35, W = 0.55, H = 0.95|
|* - weight with empty fuel tank|