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Brown Starlite


Starlite I


Mark Brown created this aircraft in the early 1980s. First flying on 17 May 1983, the original Star-Lite weighed 195 lb and achieved 110 mph with 20 hp. The 1983 price was $4000. Thirty-five were flying by February 1988.


One small single place machine providing 150 knot cruise on only 40hp caused minor sensation amongst would-be constructors when it appeared in the marketplace around 1985. The Starlite was conceived by design engineer and computer buff Mark Brown as a sleek, easy to build runabout. Marketed in kit form, the package was complete with everything required - with one exception, the trim colour, which the designer reasoned would remain the choice of the individual constructor.

Having grabbed everyone's attention, the next from the Brown stable was the two place Pulsar. Using a similar form of construction as the Starlite, the Pulsar has undergone extensive flight testing in preparation for release in kit form.



Built up from premoulded sandwich composite parts made of pre-pregnated fibre-glass surrounding a structural foam core, the Pulsar fuselage halves come as moulded units epoxied together at joints consisting of internal flanges; no wet lay ups are required. Parts are simply taped together as the epoxy glue cures, then the tape is removed.

Composite sandwich bulkheads are cut to shape, using full size templates, by the builder and are attached by fibreglass tapes and epoxy filler. Three bulkheads support the wings, seats and undercarriage. Construction simplicity is a feature of Mark Brown's designs. Wing construction differs considerably from that of the fuselage, being substantially from wood. The mainspar, machined from aircraft spruce, has factory laminated tapered unidirectional fibreglass spar caps both top and bottom to reduce inboard bending. One inch thick, pre-cut, foam ribs are spaced eight inches apart and one sixteenth inch thick plywood is wrapped around and bonded to the structure to form the aerofoil. Each spar extends inboard and overlap inside the fuselage, pinned together and to the fuselage with five-eights shear pins, glider style. The tailplane is likewise removable, providing a road transportable/ confined storage aircraft. Modern epoxy adhesives and new flexible polyurethane finishes virtually eliminate the main disadvantages of wood-built aircraft and, properly protected from moisture, the designer claims that the Pulsar will survive as long as full composite and aluminium counterparts




Preliminary flight tests of the Pulsar, powered by a water cooled two stroke 64 hp Rotax 532, have demonstrated encouraging performance figures and fuel economy.


Engine: 40hp Rotax 447
Wingspan: 21'6"
Length: 16'5"
Useful load: 250 lb
Max speed: 140 mph
Cruise: 100 mph
Stall: 42 mph
Range: 400 mi
Seats: 1
SL-1 Star-Lite
Wing Span: 6.5 m
Length: 5 m
Height: 1.2 m
MTOW: 200 kg 
Fuel Capacity: 19 ltr
Maximum Speed: 104 kts
Optimum Speed: 87 kts
Take Off Distance: 244 m
Landing Distance: 305 m
Absolute Ceiling: 13,000 ft
Optimum Ceiling: 10,000 ft
Maximum Range: 340 NM
Maximum Climb Rate: 800 ft/min
Seats: 1 






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