When I wrote about TrueLite a little over one year ago, readers loved the concept pushing the article to one of my best-read pieces of the year. That story had lots of detail, different from what follows. Now the story is the start of production and preparation of import to the US for final assembly. Francesco Di Martino is the man behind Zigolo, a superlight Part 103 entry. Zigolo looked so light in construction, relying partly on cable support, some pilots were hesitant about the design. A few years passed and sales were made but behind the hangar door, Francesco was busy with his Aviad company. As a follow-on to the earlier project, Francesco created the all-metal, much-updated Mg21 as he called it; Zigolo was called Mg12. When Francesco linked up with Part 103 impresario Chip Erwin of Merlin Lite fame, things started to move quickly.
New & Improved Aviad TrueLite by Aeromarine-LSAChip Erwin recently wrote, "I happen to be here in Viladamat, Spain at Francesco's workshop getting my hands dirty. I can use a coffee break so here is your update." Those who know Chip recognize he writes exactly as he speaks. "TrueLite is a fresh new ultralight design with a very nice feature that the wing can be folded for transport in only two minutes. This feature is huge as hangars are not only difficult to find but very expensive." Any pilot seeking hangar space almost anywhere is aware Chip is right. "TrueLite owners can roll their aircraft up on a small custom trailer for transport to their home garage," Chip finished. He identified that TrueLite's folding wings open up many possibilities like:
- Trailing your aircraft with you behind your RV or car when traveling
- Park on your boat lift when on Aeromarine’s 750 floats
- Share a hangar with several TrueLites
- Store in a shipping container or Harbor Freight-style portable garage
- Aeromarine LSA, U.S. representative for TrueLite, contact info and content on this website
- Technical Information on TrueLite, much detail on Aviad manufacturer's website
- M-Squared Aircraft, assembly enterprise for TrueLite, Merlin Lite, and Zenith CH-750.