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Belite reduces kit prices

Belite Aircraft announces that it has cut Aircraft Kit prices by $3,000. Now compelte kits are available for $8,000.

Belite Aircraft Kits are available as a complete homebuilt kit and qualify as an amateur-built aircraft or as an FAR part 103 ultralight aircraft. Complete kits can be purchased, as well as sub-assemblies which can be built in stages.

"We knew that price was a critical element of the purchasing decision, and we were determined to provide a kit within the price range our customers wanted. By moving to in-house fabrication and re-engineering of many parts, we were able to cut prices," said James Wiebe, president and CEO of Belite Enterprises LLC.

In order to cut costs, Belite acquired a new 4 axis CNC machine and a new 3 axis CNC router which allowed the company to re-engineer many parts to take advantage of lower cost, in house production. In addition, welding time was reduced by re-engineering the flaperons and many of the moving parts.

As a result, many of the parts are now available through in-house CNC machined aluminum, replacing more expensive, less precise welded steel components. An example is the rudder pedals -- a set of two, machined from billet aluminum is just $80. And they look way better than the older steel parts.

• The pricing includes a fully welded 4130 steel fuselage.

• Flaperons and tail feathers are now much easier to build -- having been redesigned to use inexpensive wooden ribs (cut on our brand new CNC ShopBot). (Versus our older welded or aluminum / bonded flaperons.) And weight is slightly reduced!

• A very small amount of welding is required on the landing gear.

• The tricycle gear kit is now available as a separate option. It is a comprehensive conversion kit which includes everything necessary to convert a tail dragger to a trike gear plane. It also has a lower price. ($400). A small amount of welding is required. Includes machined parts for the nose gear assembly.

• The pricing does not include crating ($700) or shipping. We've now had shipping quotes all over the US, so we are pretty good at guessing the cost of shipping. Shipping should run about $1000 or less.

• Subassemblies are now available.

A complete list of Kit contents and available subassemblies is available at: http://www.beliteaircraft.com/pdfs/KIT-PRICING-JUNE-2011.pdf.

A deposit of $1,000 for the complete kit is required. Customers can call belite at 316-253-6746 or send an email to info@beliteaircraft.com.

Customers are able to purchase some subassemblies are available on our online store at: http://beliteaircraftstore.com/aikitsubas.html.

Press release issued by Belite Aircraft on June 13, 2011

 

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