Antonio Marchesi, Spain (Alternate Delegate )
This proposal has been created in collaboration with the Israel Delegate Naaman Tam, who therefore present it too.
Definition of a microlight or paramotor aircraft in order to have two seater microlights flown solo in solo competition categories.
1.3.1 A one or two seat powered aircraft whose minimum speed at Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) is less
than 65 km/h, and having a MTOW of:
- 300 kg for a landplane flown solo
- 330 kg for an amphibian or a pure seaplane flown solo;
- 450 kg for a landplane flown with two persons
- 495 kg for an amphibian or a pure seaplane flown with two persons. Note. These definitions also apply to foot-launched Microlight and Paramotor aircraft.
The AL1 and WL1 classes have not many competitors in the last years, and we must find a way to keep the solo classes alive. The essential of the class is not the aircraft itself, it´s the challenge for the pilot to do everything by his own, without any aid from a copilot.
Moreover, for many pilots in two seater it’s extremely difficult to find a copilot, in some cases this is the real reason to give up competitions as it isn´t very usual owning two aircrafts(single and double seater).
And finally, the amount of pilots that own solo aircrafts is lower every year and therefore the number of competitors in the class will never rise again by its own.
The MTOW change can let pilots who own AL2 or WL2 to compete solo.
Most of the AL2 empty weight is 255-270 kg so if pilot is 85 kg and at least 22 kg of fuel we get 375 kg MTOW.
The definition specifies that this applies only to competition, to avoid problems with records, specially those directly related to the engine power – aircraft weight ratio.
On the other hand, the only real advantage of using a two seater flown solo against a real single seater in competition is for pure speed task (specially in WL ), that are for sure going to balance well with another tasks as the short landings or fuel consumption where real single seaters will have advantage.