TYPE: Tandem-seat ultralight kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: Ridge Runner I awarded Grand Champion at AirVenture 2001 and Arlington 2001.
CURRENT VERSIONS: Ridge Runner I: Single-seat ultralight model.
Ridge Runner II: As Ridge Runner I but 1+1-seat version; as described.
Ridge Runner III: Slightly larger, fully two-seat version of Ridge Runner II; wider fuselage.
CUSTOMERS: Total of 18 of all versions sold by January 2003.
COSTS: Ridge Runner I US$8,500; Ridge Runner II US$8,900; Ridge Runner III US$9,900 (2003).
DESIGN FEATURES: Wings fold for transportation and storage with no need to disconnect controls. Quoted build time 600 hours.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. Full-span ailerons and slotted flaps. Trim tab on port elevator. Horn-balanced fin and elevators.
STRUCTURE: Fabric-covered 4130 chromoly steel tube fuselage and wooden wings. Composites engine cowling. Tailplane has V-strut supports.
LANDING GEAR: Tailwheel type, fixed. Bungee sprung landing gear. Mainwheels 8.00-6. Maule tailwheel. Cable operated brakes.
POWER PLANT: Choice of 19.0 kW (25.5 hp) Rotax 277; 29.5 kW (39.6 hp) Rotax 477, 37.0 kW (49.6 hp) Rotax 503, 47.8 kW (64.1 hp) Rotax 582, or 20.9 kW (28.0 hp) Hirth F33 engines. Fuel tank(s) in inboard section of wings, capacity 18.9 litres (5.0 US gallons; 4.2 Imp gallons) in Ridge Runner I; 38 litres (10.0 US gallons; 8.3 Imp gallons) in Ridge Runner II and III.
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and passenger in tandem. Fully enclosed cockpit.