Bul Aero,the Avions Robin sister company, has started production of its Zulu single-engined ultralight aircraft. The Zulu, which achieved French certification in July, has clocked up more than 100h of flight testing at the company's Darois base.

The all-composite Rotax 912-powered Zulu offers a maximum take-off weight of 550kg (1,210lb) and a maximum cruise speed of 125kt (230km/h). The aircraft is equipped with a parachute system that will allow it to decelerate and drift down to the ground in the event of a mechanical failure or other emergency.

Although the Aeronautique Services-owned firm declines to disclose total aircraft orders, it does anticipate an initial production batch of around 10 aircraft, increasing to 100 aircraft a year for the first full five years of production. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in March 1999.

Source: Flight International