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XT-582 Tourer

An affordable XT option

The XT-582 Tourer retains the engineered features of the top of the range XT-912 Tourer but at a more affordable cost. The difference is in the engine. The XT-582 Tourer is complete with the Rotax 582 65HP dual ignition dual carburettor (DCDI) two stoke engine.

The 582 Tourer coupled with the Cruze wing is a dream to fly. The Cruze wing has a faired aerodynamic control frame with trimmer control. The trimmer can be set to allow the aircraft to fly at set speeds within an 8 knot range. This feature is standard on all Streak-3 and Cruze wings.

The Rotax 582 engine delivers plenty of power for a healthy climb rate and a hands off cruise speed of around 52 knots with the Cruze wing. With it’s comfortable and roomy XT seating and 70 litre fuel tank the XT-582 Tourer makes for a great cross country microlight.

The wide 6” wheels allow the XT-582 Tourer to handle rough airstrips and dual rear disc brakes are available as an option.

State of the art digital instrumentation is standard with the Skydat GX2. It features full engine and flight management with fuel flow and accumulated fuel usage in an easy to read glass panel.


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The XT can be set up easily by one person. The mast folds independently of the motor. A gas strut is used to help lift the wing onto the trike base and requires little effort.
High quality Fournales oleopneumatic rear shock absorbers are used on the rear. On the front again high quality double action adjustable shock absorbers.

The wide rear 6 inch wheels remain a feature as with our other models but the wheel pants/spats have been redesigned and include an integrated aerodynamic fin. The XT-582 comes standard with the new Cruze wing. PX 20 mylar is used on the leading edge. This cloth is only available in white with a black cross weave, it is UV resistant (within reason) and is easy to keep clean.

There are two undersurface panels and these can be coloured. The battens are enclosed and the Cruze features our new easy to load batten ends. No more struggling with bungies elastics or hard to press springs. The Cruze has a super clean low drag trailing edge, unseen on any other trikes wings. Setting up a Cruze is a one man/woman operation as with all Airborne wings.

The Cruze looks the part with it's low drag faired control frame, kingpost and CNC milled control bar corners. The trimmer control allows for easy operation and adjusts the trim speed by approx10 knots.

The fuel tank holds 72 litres giving the pilot enough airtime for extensive cross country or circuit work. The tank design is state of the art and integrates nicely into the trike base. The CNC milled mast capture has allowed an efficient means of attaching the engine mounts, the shock absorbers and the seat frame. The mast is held in place by this part which has been milled out of solid 6061 grade aluminium. This method of manufacturing allows for very strong and light weight components to be used.

The park brake is standard now on all Airborne trikes. We have added a neoprene cover on the XT over the wheel hole in the fairing. This stops cold air flowing into the cockpit and help reduce drag.

Lifting the Cruze onto the XT base is simple and a one person operation. The mast is lowered, the wing connected and a gas strut helps you lift the wing. You can even use a strut to keep the wing in the half down position to allow for access into low hangers.

The seat frame has been widened but we have kept to our standard style of seat which has proved to be one of the more comfortable trike seats available. The cockpit has a tall windscreen for improved wind deflection and the cockpit is cut away at the sides to allow for easier pilot access. Seat fabric is a high grade outdoor marine fabric.

Instrument layout and angle allows the pilot to easily monitor engine and flight management. GX2 instrumentation is standard on the XT series. Checkout the specs on this superb instrument below.

We use the Rotax 582 DI DC on our XTC-582. Over the years Rotax motors have proven themselves to be a reliable engine option for ultralights, to this day Rotax is the engine of choice for most manufacturers.

The SKYDAT GX2 is an avionics instrument of the newest generation.
It combines an entire range of flight and engine management instrumentation. The ASI operates with an automatic changeover of scales (low and high). A visual common and individual alarm is provided to attract the attention of the pilot if an important engine parameter is exceeded.
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Standard Features

* Rotax 582 DIDC engine
* Cruze Wing
* Skydat GX2 digital instrumentation
* Electric Start
* Oil Injection
* Bolly 3 Blade Propeller
* Ceramic coated Exhaust
* Cockpit, Wheel Pants, Centre Console and Soft Sides
* 72 Litre Fuel Tank (19 gallon)
* Steering Dampner
* Dual Steering
* Fully upholstered custom seating
* Tested to 6G positive and 3 G negative
* Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved

Note: Check the comparison chart and the accessories list to see what other options are available for the XC582

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