The All New Skyeryder II AB
The SkyeRyder II AB is a new model in our line designed to build and certify as amateur built light sport with the FAA. Six Chuter has been manufacturing our aircraft in “kit form” since our beginning in 1991. The Sport Pilot rules complicates the manufacturing of kits. Most manufacturers, including Six Chuter International LLC focused first on development of a fully factory assembled Special Light Sport certified aircraft, which in turn authorizes us to produce an Experimental Light Sport kit that can be up to 100% completed by the manufacturer. Our Elsa kits utilize all of the components (including engines, canopies and instruments) that our Special Light Sport unit offers.
Six Chuter has coordinated with the FAA now to offer a true “Amateur Built Light Sport” kit. This is a new option for legal certification of powered parachutes. This kit will require at least 51% of the fabrication and final assembly to be done by the builder/owner. The model designation is the SkyeRyder II AB. This name of course goes back to our very beginning. The SkyeRyder was the name of the very first Six Chuter that was entirely kit built by the buyer. The SkyeRyder is designed like the P3 Lite, but with tandem seating. It is simpler, lighter, stronger and better performing than most powered parachutes flying today.
Six Chuter is uniquely qualified to develop this kit due to our long history of offering our aircraft in this form. The owner/builder will be provided with detailed and complete manuals as well as all of the forms and applications required to certify their aircraft as “ABLSA”. The owner builder will also be able to apply for an FAA Repairman Certificate that allows them to do their own annual inspections. The owner/builder will also be free to use their own engines, canopies and other components to complete their “Experimental Amateur Built”.
The full rolling airframe kit will start at $7,295. Six Chuter will also offer several other component kits including, engine, canopy, instruments, accessories and other options. A full kit including all you need to finish and fly starts at $17,795
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Contrasting the FAA Options for Certifying Six Chuter Powered Parachutes (Frequently Asked Questions)
|Amateur Built||Experimental Kit||Special Light Sport|
|What is required to legally fly?||Minimum Student PilotSport Pilot to Carry passengers||Minimum Student PilotSport Pilot to Carry passengers||Minimum Student PilotSport Pilot to Carry passengers|
|Who can legally build?||Anybody||Anybody||Only the factory|
|Who can repair and maintain?||The owner/builder||Anybody||A & P Mechanic or FAA Certified Repairman with Maintenance Rating|
|Who can conduct the annual inspection of condition?||The owner/builder is eligible for Repairman Certificate with Inspection Rating and can conduct their own annuals||The owner of an ELSA can complete a 16 hour class and be issued a Repairman Certificate which authorizes them to conduct their own annual||A & P Mechanic or FAA Certified Repairman with Maintenance Rating|
|What is the estimated time to build?||100 hours for airframe. Additional hours for instruments and engine and canopy based on experience||80 hours for airframe. Additional hours for instruments and engine and canopy based on experience||Not applicable. The SLSA can only be assembled by the factory|
|What is the average cost to complete?||Airframe $7,295. The average builder utilizing their own or used engines, instruments and canopies will average another $6,000 to $10,000 to complete||$18,895 not including assembly||$21,895|
|Can the owner modify the aircraft?||The owner of ABLSA is free to use any component they desire (alternative engines, canopies and instruments), and modify the design at will.||An ELSA kit can ONLY use all of the factory authorized items that are used on the special light sport version. And until it is certified they can’t make any modifications from factory design.||The SLSA can only use factory provided and authorized equipment|
|Does the factory provide options to purchase all of the items required to complete the aircraft||Yes||Yes||Yes|