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 from Aeromarine-LSA. For those who say you can’t buy an airplane for less than $100,000, how about one for well around $15,000 to include the engine?
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 $12,000 including the engine. A finished and test flown Zigolo starts at $16,000.
Kit 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. Addressing safety, a BRS emergency parachute or a Comelli compressed air-deployed rescue parachute system are available as options.
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.
Get much more detail by visiting their website (click the title above or the logo or link below).
Phone: (262) 408-0124Lakeland, FL
A key phrase for this website is “Affordable Aviation” (in fact, we bought AffordableAviation.com for future use).
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