Importing trikes from the US to the UK

Published by: Paul Hamilton on 11th Mar 2017 | View all blogs by Paul Hamilton

Hey trike pilots in the UK. If I want to import a new trike or a used N Numbered trike to the UK from the USA, does any one know how or if this has been done?

There are four possibilities:

Ultralight 103, new S-LSA ASTM complienent, used S-LSA and used E-LSA. Any ideas, suggestions or contacts are welcome and helpful.

Now that the UK has left the EU, is this helpful for importing US trikes to the UK?

Comments

15 Comments

  • brian montila
    by brian montila 9 months ago
    We havent left yet! its going to happen though
    I'm afraid I have no answers to your questions.
    Maybe a glut of secondhand flexwings/trikes here anyway.
  • Maarten Lobker
    by Maarten Lobker 9 months ago
    Interesting question. As a European (living in the US) I have looked into parallel import of cars, because luxury brands (and even many classic vehicles) are far less expensive and more abundant in the US. The margins used to be enough to cover tariffs and shipping. But the dollar is very strong at the moment and I thought they have good trikes in the UK already, right?. You will probably end up with a very costly trike once you add up all the costs for getting it there. It will be hard to compete with the local P&M trikes or even the DragonFlys part 103. (Speaking of which, I wish someone would get the latter here to the US :-).

    Or are you thinking there is a shortage in the UK, in which case high-end used trikes might make sense?
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 9 months ago
    I am guessing you would find it easier to export to France than the UK, here in France the rules tend to be much more flexible. One can import a craft into France and if it is not on the list of accredited craft then it can easily be registered as "amateur build" basically meaning that the person registering the craft in France is then responsible for its worthiness. Open to correction if this is not exactly the case. When I was looking to buy my craft I believe there was a Revo for sale in the UK finding it difficult to find a home. i believe it was advertised on WWW.AFORS.COM

    https://afors.com/index.php?page=adview&adid=32580&imid=0

    Phil.
  • Tony  Castillo
    by Tony Castillo 9 months ago
    Wouldn't it be exporting instead of importing? Your best bet is to contact the UK BMAA ... they will know what is required for sure.
    http://www.bmaa.org/index.php
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 9 months ago
    Hi Tony, you are probably right, if you look at the afors sale link I posted it would seem that approaches have already been made by the company who says it has financed the development of the REVO and has ended up stuck with one in the UK they cannot register due to BMAA rules. Here is the link again.

    https://afors.com/index.php?page=adview&adid=32580&imid=0

    Weightshift Microlights, For Sale | Evolution Trikes, Revo | 39,995

    Evolution Trikes Microlight Revo 912S
    We are a financing company and financed the development of the Revo in the USA so we ended up with one that we brought to the UK. As you will know UK BMAA BCAR Section S is stringent and we have not had the time or inclination to pursue this so it has sat in our hangar and just has 16 hours. Has Rotax 912, glass panel display, Radio, transponder and many other options. Also advertised on EBay. Over $90,000 new. Great project for someone in the UK or who has a place in france or spain to fly it. phil@roo.co.uk

    Phil
  • Tony  Castillo
    by Tony Castillo 9 months ago
    I do not believe the Revo as is will pass the BCAR Section S. I think stall speed need to be lower, also roll rate and some other. It would need some adjusting. I believe Airborne and Air Creation are ok and being imported in UK.
  • Lucian Bartosik
    by Lucian Bartosik 9 months ago
    There is no FAR Part 103 classification in the UK, so that avenue is out for anyone considering it. We did have a Sub 70 Kilo class (and may still have) but that was for a trike unit, engine and wing that all together weighed under 70 kilos, which is under 154lbs. You will have a ton of paper work to go through if you try and bring in a trike that has not come in through the normal channels. I would not bother if I were you.
  • Trevor  Sayer
    by Trevor Sayer 9 months ago
    Suggest you contact BMAA British Microlight Aircraft Association http://www.bmaa.org/ - max weight for microlights is 450Kg
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 9 months ago
    Have a look at www.microlightforum.com there are many very informed fellows on there also members of the BMAA and I'm sure they wouldbe able to point you in the right direction. Tony, Air Creation are certainly in the UK.
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 9 months ago
    Actually if I'm not mistaken the UK now has deregulated single seat trikes up to see something like 600Lbs. They even built a 582 powered Quik to fit the new class. Our REVs can go to the U.K. Already.

    Also our new RIVAL x 14m stalls well within the allowed stall speed for 2 place Microlight.

    Our focus and energy now as a company is on the all New REVOLT.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 9 months ago
    REVOLT = Part 103 electric REV ?
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 9 months ago
    Thanks all I have contacted the BMAA directly.
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 9 months ago
    Jeff,
    It is a Revo light not a RE Volt. Right now WE here in the US have a problem with 2 place electric trikes. It is being worked but only 103 ultralight trikes can be electric. Perhaps Abid would have some updates on this ASTM effort......
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 9 months ago
    I will say that I think the REVOLT will be another big hit for Evolution trikes and the world trike market but I will let Larry provide/leak out the information. I promised not to be an informant on this project but I want one.
  • Abid Farooqui
    by Abid Farooqui 9 months ago
    Well the electric and SLSA gyroplane both require a rule change. Originally the intent of the SP regulation was not to allow jet or turbine engine only but when they wrote it, by omission the wording came out such that electric power plants were not included. If someone had brought that up during NPRM, they probably would have corrected it right then but now after seeing some fiascos with Lithium batteries with Boeing FAA got egg on its face and they want to wait to see safety data. It will probably change in time but this rule change is not the priority. It has taken a second seat behind "Drones".
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