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03-26-2011, 10:25 PM
I have read on the internet that: "the Canadian ultralight rules state that you can have retractable landing gear, or flaps, but not both." I wasn't able to verify it on the Transport Canada web site.
05-05-2011, 10:25 PM
In canada, a basic ultralight is only restricted by stall speed and and max gross weight. The stall speed has to be below 45mph and the max gross weight is around 1300lbs. So long as it meets those requirements you can make it as complex as you like. There are a few other requiremnts regarding power/weight/climb rate.
05-05-2011, 11:42 PM
Never heard of such a thing.
According to the Ultralight Airplane transition strategy:
* no more than two seats
* designed and manufactured to have a maximum take-off weight of 544 kilograms
* stall speed in the landing configuration (Vso) of 39 knots (45 mph) or less indicated airspeed at the maximum take-off weight
* and the plane must also meet the minimum useful load calculations.
Other than that, tiger is right, you can make it as complex as you want. Obviously, given the maximum take-off weight, minimum useful load, and common sense -- there isn't much to be gained from making it too complex.
Many ULs of course have flaps; but very few have retractible landing gear. I can't see too much sense with retractible landing gear on an ultralight; but theres no rule against it.
You read all kinds or funny things on the Internet that claim to be gospel. That would be an odd rule to have. "You can have retractible gear OR flaps, but not both". That would make no sense.
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