Air Creation Buggy 582 SL Ultralight

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The Air Creation Buggy 582 SL is a tricycle-type, two-seater ultralight with a three-wheeled fiberglass shell suspended beneath a hang glider-type wing. Its streamlined cockpit fairing with windshield and finned wheel fairings reduce drag and increase directional stability. As in a hang glider, the pilot maneuvers the Buggy by pushing or pulling a horizontal control bar, which shifts the weight of the pilot and passenger forward, aft, or to one side relative to the wing. The main difference between this ultralight and other aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator is that it provides a relatively easy seat-of-the-pants flying experience, especially for first-time pilots.

Unlike a basic ultralight, the Buggy 582 SL provides minimal instrumentation for monitoring engine rpm (revolutions per minute), altitude, airspeed, and heading. This version of the 582 carries the “SL” designation; the “S” denotes its comparatively silent two-stroke, liquid-cooled engine, and the “L” denotes its lightness. The version you’ll fly is equipped with the Kiss 450 wing, which performs somewhere between a wing suited to basic flying and a truly high-performance ultralight wing used for aerobatic flying. It provides fairly forgiving stall characteristics, along with handling that lets you get more playful and daring as you familiarize yourself with the Buggy and its many capabilities.

Specifications

U.S. Metric
Maximum Speed 87 mph 140 km/hr
Cruise Speed 50-75 mph 80-120 km/h
Engine Rotax 582 two-cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled, 64 hp
Propeller Three-blade Ecoprop, diameter 5 feet 7 inches
Empty Weight 392 pounds 178 kilograms
Maximum Gross Weight 983 pounds 445 kilograms
Length 12 feet, 9.5 inches 3.9 meters
Wingspan 33 feet, 6 inches 10.2 meters
Height 11 feet, 8.5 inches 3.57 meters
Seating 2
Useful Load 450 pounds 204.5 kilograms

Flight Notes

Many factors affect flight planning and aircraft operation, including aircraft weight, weather, and runway surface. The recommended flight parameters listed below are intended to give approximations for flights at maximum takeoff or landing weight on a day with International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) conditions.

Important: These instructions are intended for use with Flight Simulator only and are no substitute for using the actual aircraft manual for real-world flight.

Note: As with all of the Flight Simulator aircraft, the V-speeds and checklists are located on the Kneeboard. To access the Kneeboard while flying, press SHIFT+F10, or on the Aircraft menu, click Kneeboard.

Note: All speeds provided in the Flight Notes are indicated airspeeds. If you’re using these speeds as reference, be sure that you select Display Indicated Airspeed in the Realism Settings dialog box. Speeds listed in the specifications table are shown as true airspeeds.

By default, this aircraft has full fuel and payload. Depending on atmospheric conditions, altitude. and other factors, you will not get the same performance at gross weight that you would with a lighter load.

Required Runway Length

300 feet (92 meters) at sea level with ISA conditions.

Note: The length required for both takeoff and landing is a result of a number of factors, including aircraft weight, altitude, headwind, use of flaps, and ambient temperature. Lower weights and temperatures will result in better performance, as will having a headwind component. Higher altitudes and temperatures degrades performance.

Engine Startup

The engine will be running automatically every time you begin a flight. If you shut the engine down, you can initiate an auto-startup sequence by pressing CTRL+E. If you want to do the startup procedures manually, use the checklist on the Kneeboard.

Taxiing

Taxi at a brisk walking pace.

Takeoff

Run through the Before Takeoff checklist found on the Kneeboard.

Climb

Climb at approximately 40 to 43 knots (75 km/h-80 km/h).

Cruise

Cruise altitude would normally be determined by winds, weather, and other factors. Ultralight aircraft are not normally designed for long-distance travel. Be sure to always be aware of how much available fuel you have.

As an example, at 3,000 feet maintain an airspeed of 65 KIAS (indicated airspeed).

Descent and Approach

Reduce airspeed to 45 knots.

Landing

The Air Creation Buggy 582 SL is very easy to land. Reduce airspeed as you descend. Align the ultralight with the runway centerline. Adjust pitch and power to maintain approximately 30 knots

Upon touchdown, bring the power back to idle and lightly apply the brakes by pressing the PERIOD key.

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