Richard Creasey's microlight plane "India India" (G-SRII)
Here are just a few of the reasons why Richard chose the Easy Raider.
- Flies low and slow, and very safely
- Two tandem seats - pilot sits in the centre
- Easy to land on rough fields
- BMAA Permit to Fly aircraft - inexpensive to maintain
- Flown with the PPL(M) license - easy medical
- Folding wings ready to trailer or hangar in less than ten minutes
For those who understand the shorthand of the aviator enthusiast, Richard's Easy Raider (G-SRII) is a tandem two-seat high wing monoplane with conventional three-axis control. Wings have unswept leading and trailing edges and constant chord; conventional tail. Pitch control by elevator on tail; yaw control by fin-mounted rudder; roll control by separate freese differential ailerons; 3 stages of flaps. Wing braced by struts from below. Undercarriage has three wheel in trail-dragger formation; bungee suspension on main wheels. Push-right go right tailwheel steering connected to aerodynamic controls. Heel-operated drum brakes on main wheels. Tube and fabric fuselage. Engine (Rotax 503) mounted below wing, driving tractor propeller. It is
certified to UK BCAR SECTION S Requirements . Read the specifications and performance data and the test pilot's report of the Jabiru engined Easy Raider.
The Easy Raider has a great pedigree.
It started with Dean Wilson, who set up Avid Aircraft and designed the Avid Flyer. Dean's ingenuity kicked off the whole folding wing, light aircraft industry; working alongside Dean was Dan Denny a marketing guru.
Dean and Dan later went their separate ways and Dan Denny set up Denny Aircraft, which produced the Kitfox.
The next step in the evolutionary trail led to the
Sky Raider, designed by Kenny Schrader who had been working with Dan Denny on the Kitfox.
And finally, for now anyway, Troy Woodland came along, redesigning the Sky Raider to take account of over 100 changes suggested while the plane was going through Section S. A few to meet British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) safety/build/operation standards, some as general design/build/transportation improvements, and many suggested by the Test Pilot Team - handling/pilot comfort/pilot ergonomics. By then Troy had joined up with Terry Francis and Tom Lafferty's UK based company Reality Aircraft. They called their new aircraft the Easy Raider.
However, skimming through the press reviews it appears that the Easy Raider is being compared to Piper Cub, that immortal, glorious, tandem two seater first built in 1931 by the Taylor Aircraft Company. Over 40,000 Cubs have taken to the skies over the last 70 years.