The X-air is a high wing, 2 seat, side by side, conventionally controlled, ultralight/light sport aircraft with full dual controls, toe brakes, elevator trim and 3 hours flying time on it's two 7 1/8 gallon fuel tanks, which are easily filled at the side of the fuselage. The X-air has a typical high wing cruciform three axis layout with a high mounted tractor engine and tricycle undercarriage, it has a maximum take off weight of 992 pounds.
The X-Air kit is manufactured in India and was designed by Joel Koechlin, an ex-pat Frenchman who settled in India in the mid 1970's. He now has a factory in Bangalore employing some thirty five people producing well over a hundred kits per year that are then distributed world-wide from France.
The X-Air kit comes very complete, only
your choice of Engine/Prop and Instruments are required to finish it ready for
flight. Nearly all of the exposed tubing comes White Epoxy painted for long
life and it looks good too. Most of the components come pre-assembled, e.g.
Tailplanes & Elevators and all the required nuts & bolts are in their relevant
place to speed up assembly.
X-air is fitted with full Dual controls, i.e. two sticks and two throttles, so it
doesn't matter what seat you're in, it feels just the same. This makes the X-Air
perfect for an Instructor to teach his student/new owner how to fly. The main
advantage of being in the left seat is to get the use of the superb independent
toe brakes fitted to the top of the Rudder pedals.
There is plenty of sideways room inside, such that the shoulders do not touch.
The seating is great and fitted with headrests. The cockpit floor is solid, so
no more watching where you put your feet as in the older design ultralights.
Added comfort is gained in the colder days by fitting the optional door kit,
which even makes it enjoyable on the worst of weather.
Ground handling is excellent, especially the suspension. Each wheel has its own
shock absorbing system which takes out all of the bumps from the roughest of
fields. A lot of other ultralights. wouldn't go where an X-air would.
In flight the X-Air handles exceptionally well, with a high degree of
maneuverability if needed (3.5sec - 45deg left to right). The pitch control is
nicely balanced and the aerodynamic trim tab does away with all the efforts on
the stick. Just set your throttle for cruise, trim for level flight, and on a
nice day you can sit back with your arms folded and admire the view!