C.M. Microlights of Norfolk, UK, have since 2008 been engaged in the design and development of light aircraft for the Single Seat De-Regulated (SSDR) category.
We have designed and built several SSDR prototype aircraft. Work on the SUNBIRD started as early as 2009 along with some other designs. The upgrading of the rules in 2014 to 300kg (gross weight) led us to redesign the SUNBIRD to the new weight category. In 2015 we also announced we were building a new all composite SAFARI C highwing. Athough also completed, we decided in late 2017 not to press ahead with production of any of our aircraft, based mainly on costs. However due to continued interest, we are pleased to announce our intention to bring a new version of the SUNBIRD (Mark 2) into production in during 2021.
Innovation and Design....
We have over the years acquired extensive knowledge and software covering the fields of aerodynamics, airloads, performance, stability, all kinds of engineering applications and CAD design. We have also developed our own extensive in-house software relevant to light aircraft design and engineering, as well as composite structures including modern sandwich technology. Our aircraft are designed based on CS-VLA standards.
The Sunbird and Safari C use a 3 layer sandwich composite constructed from glassfibre or carbon cloth with aircraft quality Airex foams and epoxy resins throughout the entire airframe. This ensures superior skin stiffness and strength coupled with amazing lightness that is hard to match. Carbon used for high stress areas such as wing spars. These techniques are expensive and are generally only used in quality multi-seat composite aircraft, but give incredible strength to weight results. And the payload to empty weight ratio is unbeatable. Unlike metal, small damages are normally very easy to repair, has no known risk to fatigue or corrosion, and unlike wood, composite is much stronger, extremely durable and will not need super vigilance against rot. Tube and Fabric may be cheaper, but Composite is the material of the future, with practically no downside other than protection from heat.
We remain at the leading-edge of ultra lightweight yet affordable composite aircraft design.