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 2013 FIB
 Starting at $36,500

Laid out well at $47,995.00

current price effective

9/1/2013

No longer importable

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Specs
WEIGHT BASIC UNIT FIB 582 486 lbs
MAX. TAKE OF WEIGHT FIB 582 460 lbs Pilot/Student/Gear
STALL SPEED 23 MPH
Max Height 10,000 Feet
CRUISING SPEED 45-50 MPH
Take Off Distance 100-200 Ft.
MAX. SPEED 55 MPH
FUEL CAPACITY 10 Gallons
Range 2 to 3 Hours (80 Miles)
WING SPAN (21 Meter Wing) 36 Ft
WING SURFACE   (21 Meter Wing) 236 Sq Ft
ASPECT RATIO 6
DOUBLE SURFACE 35 %
CONFIGURATION Biplace tandem
Boat Length 11' 6"
Motor  Rotax 64 HP
582 cc 2 Stroke

 

The FIB was patented by Polaris Motor SRL, the first Italian producer of hand gliders and ultralights, in 1986, in collaboration with the well known RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat ) manufacturer, Lomac Nautica.

The Malingri Family, owner of Polaris with their experience and knowledge of the sea, designed a safe and seaworthy ultralight with a very simple maintenance, easy to use from boats or beaches.

Since 1987 more than 1000 units have been sold around the world (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Red Sea, Argentina, Madagascar, USA etc.) Toyota bought 80 FIBS, many units operate from tourist resorts, and are on maxi yachts. The navy seals of Singapore use FIB's for special missions.
Greenpace has two FIB's and used them during the French nuclear testing .

The strength of the FIB is given by his simplicity: in only 10 hours of flight lesson you are perfectly capable of flying in safety.
 

Technical features

WEIGHT BASIC UNIT: FIB 503 kg 198 - FIB 582 Kg 216
MAX. TAKE OF WEIGHT: FIB 503 Kg 388 FIB 582 Kg 406
STALL SPEED: 48 Km/h
CRUISING SPEED: 65/70 Km/h
MAX. SPEED: 80 Km/h
FUEL CAPACITY: 40 litri
WING SPAN: 11.15 mt
WING SURFACE: 19.6 sqmt
ASPECT RATIO: 6
DOUBLE SURFACE: 35 %
CONFIGURATION: Biplace tandem

The FIB motorized with the Rotax 582 was realized not for more HP, but to reduce drastically the noise emissions. The residue power allows to silence the motor and install a three blade propeller. The FIB 582 is in this way more fit for use in places were noise can be unwelcome (Hotels, resorts etc).

FIB 582 is equipped as follows : Rotax 582 two stroke, two cylinder, twin carburetors and twin ignition, water cooled, mechanical reduction gear box type C or E, silencer on intake filter and on exhaust muffler, triple blade wood propeller with special protection on leading edge, console with radiator temperature instrument and with place for 4 more gauges, wing single surface 19.6sqmt.

FIB 503 is equipped as follows : Rotax 503 two stroke, two cylinder, air cooled, twin ignition, twin or single carburetor, two blade wood propeller with special protection on leading edge, wing single surface 19.6sqmt   


Why we use a Rubber Inflatable Boat (RIB ) as a float

The FIB's is designed to fly on all water surfaces including the sea which is the largest runway available in the world.

The pontoon's system, popular in the ultralight field, was not found safe and seaworthy for a weight shifting machine. It's well known that a single hull seaplane has better performances in rough sea than the conventional pontoon's like the catamaran style .
For this reason the most popular seaplanes in the world are all single hull : like the Catalina, the Canadair, and more .

After two years of testing Polaris Motor chose a specially made RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) for floating, that permitted safe take off and landings even in fairly rough sea.
The boat jumps from one wave to another with out any problems till it reaches it's take of speed.
The boat also protects the whole machine (including the propeller) from the water during take off with big waves, leaving the pilot, passenger, and engine 100% dry. In case of very bad landings, the boat slips around avoiding capsizing and relative damages .

Compared to a machine equipped with pontoon catamaran style, the inflatable boat has a more naturally aerodynamic shape that reduces the drag in the air and does not interfere negatively with the control of the aircraft.
For this reason the FIB allows take off and landing up to sea strength 3/4 without any problems.
Without a wing FIB is a very fast airboat.
With the wheel kit the FIB can be transformed in few minutes in a land trike to fly in land or, with ski, on ice and snow.
The fiberglass hull of the RIB is specially designed for surfing fast with low power, this allows the FIB to reach the take-off speed in a very short run.
It's easy to understand that the FIB is very safe while taxiing in water to reach take off and landing areas, and has many advantages if compared to other sea ultralights : transport on a little trailer, storage, parking on beaches, docks etc.

 

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