Air Creation Trikes
Air Creation USA
Rodeo, New Mexico
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
(West Coast sales)
(East Coast sales)
Manta Aircraft SA
North Wing Trikes
North Wing Design
East Wenatchee, Washington
P&M Aviation USA
Another factor that can be a disadvantage is that most trike wings have
a king post on top of the wing that extends about 3 feet and is the highest
point on a trike. That can make hangar clearance an issue, since most hangar door openings are 12 feet. That issue can be mitigated, however, by
removing the wing and folding it for storage.
ULTRALIGHT OR CERTIFICATED AIRCRAFT?
Trikes are available in single- and double-seat configurations. A single-seat
trike that has an empty weight less than 254 pounds, has an onboard fuel
capacity of 5 gallons or less, and has a top speed of 63 mph or less may be
flown as ultralight. As such, the pilot is not required to have a pilot certificate
nor does the aircraft need an airworthiness certificate. However, training for
the pilot is highly recommended as is continued maintenance of the machine.
Trikes with two seats must be registered (N numbered) with the FAA
and hold an airworthiness certificate. Two-seat trikes may be certificated
in the experimental light-sport aircraft or experimental amateur-built categories or as a special light-sport aircraft. In all those instances, the pilot
must hold a minimum of a sport pilot certificate.
ENGINES AND OPTIONS
The majority of trikes are powered by Rotax engines. The three most
common are: the Rotax 503, an air-cooled, two-cycle, two-cylinder, dual-carburetor engine that produces 50 hp; the Rotax 582, a water-cooled,
two-cycle, two-cylinder, dual-carburetor engine that produces 65 hp; and