Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG, Heanor, U.K.), part of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) – a Division of Umeco plc, announced on Jan. 4 that its VTM 260 Series prepreg materials and a range of complementary products are being used by French Aircraft manufacturer LISA Airplanes to manufacture the wings, fuselage and a multitude of smaller lightweight composite components for its two-seat, single-engine AKOYA pleasure/business plane.
AKOYA consumes just 5 liters of fuel per 100 km, meaning that LISA Airplanes has achieved one of its prime objectives — to combine economy with performance.
LISA Airplanes’ innovations are a major asset to operators who provide pleasure flights and business trips. In addition to the essential prerequisites of economy with performance, the AKOYA is equipped with the multi-access technology that enables it to land on water, ground and snow and without prior modification. ULM (Ultra Light Motorised) licensed pilots enjoy the flexibility of this facility and the broad possibilities of travel that it gives.
Measuring 6.9m/22.6 ft long, and having a wingspan of 11m/36 ft, the AKOYA can be stored in a garage; a unique design characteristic permits the wings to be folded backwards to give a total width of only 3.2m/10.5 ft.
ACG’s VTM260 epoxy resin prepregs series, which can be used for both component and tooling applications, are an established generation of long out life, flexible-cure temperature formulations that can be applied to a range of reinforcements, and adapted to a variety of vacuum-bag composite processes.