By Boran Pivčić
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Had the great fortune of running into this sweet little thing at Lučko today. Owned by a member of the aeroclub, it was in town for a visit and parked at our apron – so I couldn’t resist going in for a couple of photos :). Though I must admit that my knowledge of ultra- and microlights has always been sketchy at best, this thing got me interested in the whole deal. An open cockpit, a Rotax banging away behind you, a couple hundred meters above ground… that pretty much shares first place with gliders for the true spirit of flight.
A full-option Apollo Racer GT, 9A-UPM (the U prefix being for ultralights) is a bit more serious than other similar microlights. Equipped with full nav lights, wingtip strobes and twin landing lights – not to mention a comprehensive panel with almost more instruments than the Cessna 150 I got my wings on – UPM costs about €17.000, which is not all that cheap (though I am thinking of selling my €18.000 car now 🙂 ), but you do get a lot of microlight for the money. The only thing missing is a transponder, but I believe that can be arranged as well…