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Aeromarine-LSA

Aeromarine-LSA represents economical aircraft like Merlin PSA, fully enclosed and all-metal for less than $35,000; or Part 103 ultralights like Zigolo, a dual-purpose ultralight and motorglider with prices starting at only $12,000.

Singlehandedly, Aeromarine-LSA is making light aviation affordable using the philosophy -- and financial reality -- that a single seat aircraft can be far less costly than a two seater. "With all the money you save buying Merlin PSA or Zigolo, you can rent a two seater on those occasions when you need one," said proprietor Chip Erwin.

Merlin PSA (Personal Sport Aircraft) is the newest member of Aeromarine-LSA's growing family of highly affordable aircraft.

Merlin was introduced to Europeans at the German Aero show a couple years back and was warmly received. However, it was held back by using an engine unfamiliar to many. Given his long experience in the Light-Sport field, Chip brought a trio of powerplants to Merlin, starting with the well-known Rotax 582.

In addition to the Rotax 582, Aeromarine-LSA has been working dilgently on a four-stroke engine option and has nearly completed work on a highly innovative electric propulsion system to include special battery cells and related components.

Merlin boasts a cruise speed of 120 mph (104 knots), has a roomy cabin and offers an interesting set of possibilities including a four stroke engine, an electric propulsion option, and amphibious floats. Other options that may prove popular include glass instrument panel choices, autopilot, and a BRS emergency airframe parachute.

Base priced at only $34,900, Merlin PSA is an exceptional value. With its standard 65 horsepower Rotax 582, Merlin PSA is also a stunning performer.

Perhaps most remarkable is Merlin PSA's excellent price point. Merlin PSA is advertised at the very modest cost of $34,900 for a finished kit and building it is said to be swift with a builder assist center in central Florida.

Like Zigolo, Merlin PSA is a kit but either can be built in a remarkably few number of hours and you can do either at their builder assist center in central Florida.

The Aviad Zigolo MG12 is an SSDR motor glider designed and manufactured in Italy offering an alternative flying experience. (SSDR is a European term for very light aircraft and means Single Seat De-Regulated.)

Represented by Chip Erwin, the man who created the very successful SportCruiser LSA, Zigolo is another exceedingly economical choice. For those who say you can’t buy an airplane for less than $100,000, how about one for well under $20,000?

Chip can do even better that that. He reported, "Zigolo is a dual-purpose ultralight and motor-glider with prices starting at only $12,000."

Zigolo easily qualifies for Part 103’s 254-pound empty weight limit with pounds to spare; empty weight is listed at just 225 pounds! This fact allows a battery-powered electric motor as a practical alternative. Yes, electric and Part 103-compliant!

Zigolo offers enjoyable slow flight characteristics combined with a very short landing and takeoff distance (120-150 feet) that permits it to operate from the smallest airfield. The aircraft was specifically designed for simple construction and low cost of ownership.

Aeromarine LSA sells it as a complete kit for around $15,000 including the engine. Build time is only 100 hours. For pilots anxious to fly rather than build, you can choose the Almost-Ready-To-Fly option, referring to a finished Zigolo that has been disassembled and packed in a single easy-to-ship crate. Use a pictogram assembly manual and put it together in an afternoon.

Zigolo is constructed from a traditional tubular frame structure and simple bonded fabric covering creating a robust design. It incorporates such features as a pilot cockpit protected by the fuselage frame work and has an exceptionally wide field of view. Zigolo’s rear mounted pusher engine with propeller and the fuel tank are contained within the airframe resulting in protection for the pilot. Additionally, a shock-absorbing undercarriage and the impact skid beneath the pilot’s seat further protects the occupant in cases of heavier than normal landings. Topping off the safety qualities, a Comelli compressed air-deployed rescue parachute system is included as a standard item for emergency use.

Zigolo flies in a speed range of 22-46 MPH, take off in 120 feet, climb with the 25 horsepower Vittorazi Moster 185 engine that includes propeller and quiet exhaust system.

Among the best news for Zigolo ... no pilot license is needed, no N-numbers are needed, no medical is needed and you have more freedom than in almost any aircraft.

Aeromarine-LSA

Web Site: www.aeromarine-lsa.com
eMail: info@aeromarine-lsa.com
Address: Chip W. Erwin
South Lakeland Airport
City: Mulberry (Lakeland), FL 33860 USA
Phone: (262) 408-0124

  Electric Power -- Chip Erwin's new development (4/15)
Electric aircraft are a major buzz with even aviation gian Airbus working on their eFan. That's still years away and will surely be expensive. However, SportCruiser developer Chip Erwin has an all-new motor with specially adapted battery. The details should impress you and he is also developing new single place airplanes -- that he calls PSA or Personal Sport Aircraft -- which will be powered by the new electric propulsion.

Links to Aircraft and Articles

Merlin PSA    Add to favorites list
  SPLOG Summertime Float Flying; Now You Can Afford It, 06/28/2016
 
SPLOG begins: It's summer. It's hot. The water beckons. Yet, you're a pilot. How do you enjoy both? Get a seaplane, preferably a Light-Sport or light kit seaplane. You have several choices. The trouble is that any seaplane is priced well above landplanes of similar
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  SPLOG Merlin PSA Takes “Exhilarating” First U.S. Flight, 02/14/2016
 
SPLOG begins: One of the fast paced developments I've observed has been Aeromarine LSA's new Merlin PSA. "PSA" stands for Personal Sport Aircraft and the Florida company may be truly onto something interesting. While recognizing they are very capable airplanes, many
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  SPLOG See the New Merlin PSA at Sebring 2016, 01/19/2016
 
SPLOG begins: SEBRING 2016 PREVIEW — Why do pilots and friends flock to Sebring? Several good reasons come to mind: • Weather is flying-friendlier than in America's snow belt; • More than 130 exhibitors include dozens and dozens of the most popular
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  SPLOG Pssst! Want a Deal? How About Merlin PSA?, 12/22/2015
 
SPLOG begins: Are you intrigued by an affordable yet well-performing single-seat Personal Sport Aircraft? In a time when so many claim light aircraft have simply become too expensive, one aircraft is coming to challenge that belief. Some rather grudgingly acknowledge
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Zigolo MG-12    Add to favorites list
  Electric Power -- Chip Erwin's new development (4/15)
Electric aircraft are a major buzz with even aviation gian Airbus working on their eFan. That's still years away and will surely be expensive. However, SportCruiser developer Chip Erwin has an all-new motor with specially adapted battery. The details should impress you and he is also developing new single place airplanes -- that he calls PSA or Personal Sport Aircraft -- which will be powered by the new electric propulsion.
  Aviad -- Zigolo MG12 (electric motoglider 2014)
How about an electric airplane you can buy for less than $20,000? Delivered as "almost ready to fly" Italy's Zigolo is offered in the USA at South Lakeland Airpark (where you see this aircraft flying). Proprietor Chip Erwin, originator of the SportCruiser, tells us how he added electric power to Zigolo and flew it cross country to Sun 'n Fun 2014. This is not a family travel airplane but for those who enjoy soaring or leisure flying, Zigolo represents an economical purchse.
  SPLOG What Will 15 Days and $15,000 Get You?, 12/06/2015
 
SPLOG begins: This website focuses on the affordable end of aviation. However, "affordable" is a relative term. I've written about Icon's A5, which may set the bar highest among Light-Sport Aircraft at around $247,000 for a well-equipped LSA seaplane. (See our Video
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  SPLOG PSA: An Affordable Aircraft?, 06/13/2015
 
SPLOG begins: The following article is a guest editorial by Chip Erwin, a name many rightfully associate with the highly successful SportCruiser LSA. A restless entrepreneur, Chip has been working behind the curtain for several years. He emerged with the Zigolo and
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  SPLOG Zigolo Cracks the China Market as Part 103!, 07/23/2014
 
SPLOG begins: I didn't see this one coming. Maybe you didn't either? In the new millennia gold rush represented by companies either being bought by Chinese businesses or gaining investment from wealthy Chinese business people or by setting up shop to sell in China
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  SPLOG Flying the Zigolo Motorglider ... a Pilot Report, 03/09/2014
 
SPLOG begins: For many of us, the principal reason we fly is for fun. Not to go anywhere but up, or for no other reason than that the sky is always waiting, but never impatient. Unfortunately this very pure idea became subverted along the way, as the Cubs and Champs
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  SPLOG Last News Rush Before Sebring 2014 ..., 01/14/2014
 
SPLOG begins: People are starting to arrive in Florida. Today, we had a pleasant lunch conversation with Dynon's president Robert Hamilton . He observed that Dynon enjoyed their best year ever in 2013 and they continue bringing new avionics innovations at modest prices.
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  SPLOG PSA: An Affordable Aircraft?, 06/13/2015
 
SPLOG begins: The following article is a guest editorial by Chip Erwin, a name many rightfully associate with the highly successful SportCruiser LSA. A restless entrepreneur, Chip has been working behind the curtain for several years. He emerged with the Zigolo and
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  SPLOG Last News Rush Before Sebring 2014 ..., 01/14/2014
 
SPLOG begins: People are starting to arrive in Florida. Today, we had a pleasant lunch conversation with Dynon's president Robert Hamilton . He observed that Dynon enjoyed their best year ever in 2013 and they continue bringing new avionics innovations at modest prices.
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