Wed, Jul 27, 2005
When Others Don't Fit the Bill... Company Makes Their Own
Free Bird Innovations,
manufacturers of the Litesport Classic and Litesport Ultra
airplanes, has designed a new controllable camera mount and a new
hydraulic brake system for ultralight aircraft. Both new components
stemmed from Free Bird's unsuccessful searches for existing
components to fit their needs.
According to a company press release, the VMC360 controllable
pan-and-tilt camera mount came about when the company was producing
a promotional video, and couldn't find a camera mount in the right
size for their needs. Available mounts were either "too big, too
expensive or too small," so they decided to build their own.
A non-working prototype was introduced at Sun-n-Fun this year,
and due to "overwhelming" response the company has produced a
fully-functional model that will be on display at Free Bird
Innovation's booth in the ultralight area at AirVenture.
A similar "necessity is the mother of invention" approach
resulted in the company's new Ultra-light Sport hydraulic braking
system. The new braking system, which includes two calipers and
rotors, hubs, wheels and tires, and an easy-bleed master cylinder,
retails for $349. The braking system will also be on display at
AirVenture in booth 610C in the ultralight area.
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