Sirocco  The Sirocco Microlight









The Sirocco was one of the earliest microlights to use composites (glass-fibre and epoxy) in its construction. It was first produced by the French company Aviasud » in 1983, and then in 1989 transferred to Aériane » in Belgium. This 1980s design used a stretched-fabric swept-back wing, with spoilers for roll control. The fuselage and tail were primarily composite.

In 2007, the design and tooling were acquired by Aero Consult Light Aircraft » in the Netherlands, which is re-launching the design as the Sirocco NG. This has a fully-composite tailplane and a new composite wing (with ailerons), and there is also a carbon-fibre-based version expected to meet the 115 kg empty weight requirements of the UK SSDR » and the USA FAR 103 » categories.

On the 1st August 2014, the Sirocco design and rights were acquired by ParaZoom » in Germany, who offer both kit and ready-to-fly versions ».


Here are some of the more notable events in the history of the Sirocco.
1982 Prototype by Aviasud (Le Puget-sur-Argens, Fréjus, France)

2 July: first flight

1983 January: commercially available

Advert » claims FAR 103 with JPX PUL425 26hp engine (empty weight 105kg), glide ratio 12:1.

Oshkosh ’83, Ultralight, Outstanding Semi-Rigid Wing Award

1st place, French Grand Prix

1984 1st place French Championships (Patrick Fourticq)

1st place French Grande Course (Francois Goethals)

September 26: Patrice Franceschi starts round-the-world trip

1985 Typical specifications changed to Rotax 337 (35hp) or 447 (42hp) engine; empty weight 130 kg

Midlands Ultralights ships the 377GB (UK type-approved ») version of the Sirocco

110 completed by 1985

1987 March 26: Patrice Franceschi completes round-the-world trip (36,000 km, 33 countries, 562 hours flying)
1989 Production taken over under licence by Aériane » (Belgium); at least three aircraft produced with wing struts rather than cables – see images (date unknown)
2007 200+ have been built

April: Rights transferred to ACLA »

ACLA redesigned tailplane to have no wooden parts; see here for details »

2008 New composite wing contructed, using carbon-based spar and Oratex » covering (instead of loose-fabric-covered over ribs with kingpost), and ailerons for control instead of spoilers; see here for details »

29–30 November: Prototype Sirocco NG exhibited at SPLASH (the Sport and Leisure Aircraft Show) at the NEC Birmingham »

2009 3 May: First flight of Sirocco NG prototype with new wing and tailplane

28–29 November: G-ROCO, the new Sirocco NG, is displayed at The Flying Show (NEC); see images

2014 1 August: Sirocco design and rights acquired by ParaZoom »


See web links on the Introduction page, and flight tests and other details on the Articles page. Please let me know of any other events that could be in this list!

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This page was last edited on 2014-11-04 by mfc.