Six Chuter 2015 P3 Lite
Understanding the P3 Lite
This seems like an odd title perhaps. But as we have gone into production and began to ramp up marketing our discussions with potential customers and even our network prove to me the need for really understanding the objectives of this model, as well as our pricing strategy.
It Is An Ultralight
Flying under the FAA Part 103 ultralight rule remains a thing of beauty, but not necessarily easy for us to achieve. The upsides:
- No license is required.
- There is no legal training requirement. (lets make it clear that we do not want to sell without buyers having source of training and we can provide contacts for same.)
- The is no legal age limit (we have had pilots as young as nine years old flying single seat ultralight. While not required, training is all important)
- Owners can do their own maintenance, repairs and inspections.
- The operating limitations (day, VFR etc) are relatively easy to live by.
The downside of the ultralight rule includes:
- The “vehicle” can’t weigh more than 254 pounds empty. (The P3 Lite weighs in at 252 with the new plastic molded seats and a little less than that if they stick with the fiberglass seat). You can’t add much if anything and stay legal.
- You are restricted to a maximum of 5 gallons.
- No passengers of course.
This is a simple flying machine meant to meet part 103 requirements and designed to sell at less than $10,000. If a prospect wants to start adding items then it could be built and certified legal under the amateur built rules, but best to keep this an ultralight.
It Is Powered Parachute, Not a Trike Buggy or Powered Paraglider with Wheels
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Understanding the differences is important to potential buyers.
Trike Buggy Vs. PPC
- Trike buggies are typically smaller profile and because of that can’t accommodate comfortably a larger pilot like our P3 Lite can handle.
- Trike buggies typically are steered with hand controls (both throttle and canopy steering). The P3 Lite is a true powered parachute with foot steering, stick for ground control and a throttle. This frees up the hands for photography.
- Trike buggies are usually flown with smaller elliptical style canopies. While more efficient than a rectangular canopy the elliptical is more difficult to learn to fly safely and can be a handful to kite up. The P3 Lite uses a Performance Design 360 rectangular canopy that is easy to use and safe to fly.
- Trike buggy engines are usually a smaller engine with less power and a brand that is serviced in Europe and elsewhere. The P3 lite uses a 42 h.p. Kawasaki that is well proven in the U.S. ultralight market. It is easy to service, rated at 750 hours between overhaul and can lift more.
- Surprisingly most trike buggies are priced higher than our P3 Lite.
The Price is Right
We wanted to hit the under 10K market while not compromising quality and safety. We were able to do that by doing more in house fabrication and using some “off the shelf” parts such as the plastic seats.
Our retail price for the full kit (includes airframe, canopy and engine) is $10,495. In that price we will include a $500 coupon for offsetting at least part of the training costs that most customers incur. If a customer is experienced or otherwise doesn’t want the training coupon then the retail price in kit form is $9,995. That includes virtually everything required to build a beautiful, well crafted, strong, safe to fly and easy to build powered parachute.
If a customer wants to build in phases they can start with the rolling airframe kit for only $3995.
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