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Sky Cycle Wins Grand Champion Ultralight at Sun 'n Fun 2012!

For nearly 14 years now Mike Theeke has been building Skycycle trikes, for the first 7 years he built them for Look Out Mountain Flight park, and now he produces them for his company Sky Cycle trikes.

Mike has won a number of awards for his design and workmanship and this year walked away with Grand Champion Ultralight at Sun N Fun 2012.

Over the years Mike has made small improvements in the look, feel, style, and design of the trike. These include offering high tech trike wings from several manufacturers, as well as a variety of engine options.

These include the Kawasaki, Hirth, Rotax two stroke and now the Verner JCV-360, twin cylinder 35HP, 4 stroke engine.

 

The Verner JCV-360 is a purpose-built 4-stroke, water cooled, boxer style engine which weighs in at just over 57 lbs complete. Mike indicates the Verner JCV-360 has been giving him great performance. Using the new Maverick III single surface, strut braced wing the Sky Cycle cruises along at 45 mph, at 4500 rpm. The engine is both oil and water cooled and comes complete with an electric starter and generating system. The engine also comes with a built in carb heating system to prevent carb icing.

Verner JCV-360
Displacement 360 cc / 23.06 cubic inch
Bore 63 mm / 2.47 inch
Stroke 58 mm / 2.28 in
Compression ratio 1 : 11
Maximum power 35 BHP (25,7 kW) @ 7800 RPM
Max. continuous power 26 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque 33 Nm @ 7000 RPM
Propeller rotation CCW, viewed from the front (tractor propeller)
Weight dry weight 26,4 kg
Spark plugs NGK CR9EK or equivalent
Spark plug gap 0.5 mm (0.02 inch)
Electric starter 18 V/370 W
Generator (Alternator) 12 V/100 W
Lubrication semi-synthetic 4 stroke motorcycle JASO MA/MB oil
Fuel motor petrol, octane number 95
Fuel pump vacual Mikuni
Carburetors 2 Walbro WB-37-1
Reduction drive 2,76 : 1, via belt (width 42 mm, length 610 PJ)
Propeller hub 75 - 6 x M8, 70 - 6 x M6, 50 - 6 x M6
Weight cooler - 0.74 kg, oil 1l ~ 0.8 kg, watter 1l ~ 1 kg, exhaust - 1.6 kg

The engine uses a belt driven reduction drive and the the Skycycle trike was equipped with a 3 blade Ultra Prop made in California.

Mike indicates that the majority of his customers "are early morning late evening flyers, who generally fly no more than 50 miles from their home base, flying out for breakfast's, or local flyins."

The average flight is about 60 minutes their and 60 minutes back, which still gives leaves plenty of reserve fuel in the 5 gallon tank.

All of Mike's trikes can be legal part 103 ultralight aircraft, meaning that a pilot doesn't have to have a medical to fly it, doesn't need to have FAA registration, and doesn't need a pilots license to fly one. (Mike indicates he will not deliver a plane unless the pilot is qualified to fly trikes.)

Currently Mike doesn't have any dealers and sells direct to the public. Delivery times are currently about 6 weeks, which is also the time it takes to get a new wing in.

For more information on the Sky Cycle series of trikes contact

www.flyhardtrikes.com

 

 

Skycycle ultralight trike with Verner JCV-360 four stroke engine, Light Sport Aircraft Pilot News newsmagazine.
Skycycle ultralight trike with Verner JCV-360 four stroke engine, Light Sport Aircraft Pilot News newsmagazine.

 
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