Should you consider a single seat aircraft? It depends on whom you ask, but many say, “Yes, absolutely!” Is that convincing? Let’s look deeper.
For years, surveys by member organization giant AOPA indicated the average occupancy of a typically four-seat airplane was 1.6 persons. That statistic proves that very often — the substantial majority of the time — a four-seat airplane is flown with one person on board. Sure, sometimes you want to carry passengers but most of the time, flying is done solo.
Naturally, to have more seats means an airplane costs more money. However, Aeromarine-LSA offers their new Merlin, a single seat aircraft can is far less costly than a new two seater. "With all the money you save buying Merlin (or our Zigolo ultralight), you can rent a two seater on those occasions when you need one," said Aeromarine-LSA, proprietor Chip Erwin.
How can Aeromarine-LSA sell a Merlin for only $16,500? For one, it is a kit, but not your ordinary kit.
A Merlin Quick Build kit is a thing of wonder …and speed. You will learn a lot assembling the airplane but it will consume an amazingly short time. Do you wonder how Aeromarine-LSA can offer a two week build time without exaggeration?
Customers can work at Aeromarine-LSA’s Florida Build Center. “The builder assembles his or her own airplane and is ready to fly — not just ready to taxi — in only two weeks,” noted Erwin. “In one week the airframe is finished and builders are on to the engine and panel installations.”
“FAA’s National Kit Evaluation Team evaluated Merlin’s Quick Build Kit. “It passed by 0.01%… You can’t get more builder-friendly than that,” said Erwin going on to explain that the percentage means the factory does all the precision work in a manner fully accepted by FAA. Erwin and his supplier worked hard to get the effort reduced to the absolute minimum. They succeeded, brilliantly.
Erwin explained, “Precision matched-hole technology means that the holes punched are not just pilot holes; the accuracy is so high that holes in the skins match the holes in the ribs and bulkheads at final size, so next to zero drilling is required. This precision saves dozens if not hundreds of assembly time hours.”
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 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 $16,500, the Merlin PSA Quick Build Kit is an exceptional value. With its standard 65 horsepower Rotax 582, Merlin PSA is also a stunning performer but you can also select the four-stroke HKS 700E whose 60 horsepower will carry you aloft quickly and more quietly. "Once you add engine, firewall forward package, avionics, and paint, the final investment can be $30,000 to $40,000," clarified Erwin.
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