Summit 103 Mini Breeze

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103 Mini Breeze
Role Powered parachute
National origin United States
Manufacturer Summit Aerosports
Status In production
Unit cost
US$13,395 (2012)

The Summit 103 Mini Breeze is an American powered parachute, designed and produced by Summit Aerosports of Yale, Michigan.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft was designed to comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, including the category's maximum empty weight of 254 lb (115 kg). The Mini Breeze has a standard empty weight of 240 lb (109 kg) when equipped with a Rotax 447 engine and 253 lb (115 kg) when equipped with a Rotax 503. It features a parachute-style high-wing, single-place accommodation, tricycle landing gear and a single 40 hp (30 kW) Rotax 447 engine in pusher configuration. The 50 hp (37 kW) Rotax 503 engine is a factory option.[1][2]

The Mini Breeze's airframe is built from TIG-welded, powder coated 4130 steel tubing. The standard rectangular Mustang S-380 canopy has an area of 380 sq ft (35 m2) and is attached at four points to increase stability. The Mustang S-380 allows a gross weight of 550 lb (249 kg). Optional canopies include the elliptical Mustang E-280 and the elliptical Thunderbolt E-310 which both allow a gross weight of 600 lb (272 kg). In-flight steering is accomplished via foot pedals that actuate the canopy brakes, creating roll and yaw. On the ground the aircraft has nosewheel steering controlled by a butterfly steering wheel and the main landing gear incorporates bungee suspension. The aircraft is factory supplied complete.[1][2]

Specifications (103 Mini Breeze)[edit]

Data from Kitplanes and Summit Aerosports[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 8 ft 5 in (2.57 m)
  • Wing area: 380 sq ft (35 m2)
  • Empty weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
  • Gross weight: 550 lb (249 kg) with Mustang S-380 wing
  • Fuel capacity: 12 U.S. gallons (45 L; 10.0 imp gal), limited to 5 U.S. gallons (19 L; 4.2 imp gal) under US ultralight rules
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 447 twin cylinder, two-stroke, air-cooled aircraft engine, 40 hp (30 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed GSC Systems fixed pitch

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 25 mph (40 km/h; 22 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 4:1
  • Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (2.0 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 1.4 lb/sq ft (6.8 kg/m2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bernard, Mary and Suzanne B. Bopp: Summit Aerosports: Summit 2, Steel Breeze and Mini Breeze, Kitplanes, Volume 29, Number 12, December 2012, pages 27-28. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c Summit Aerosports (2012). "103 Mini Breeze". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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