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    The Micro Aviation B22 Bantam is a New Zealand ultralight aircraft, designed and produced by Micro Aviation NZ of Hamilton, New Zealand and later of Mandeville, New Zealand.

    General Information

    The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.


    The aircraft is made from bolted-together aluminum tubing, with its flying surfaces covered in Dacron sailcloth. Its 9.03 m (29.6 ft) span wing has an area of 15.1 m2 (163 sq ft) and is supported by V-struts and jury struts. The engine is mounted above the cockpit on the forward end of the main keel tube. Standard engines available are the 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 two-stroke and the 85 hp (63 kW) Jabiru 2200 four-stroke powerplant.


    Two Bantams are in use by park rangers in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Total production has exceeded 300 aircraft.



    Higher powered version


    Standard model







    Crew: one Capacity: one passenger
    5.54 m (18 ft 2 in)
    9.03 m (29 ft 8 in)
    Wing Area:
    15.1 sq m (163 sq ft)
    Wing Loading:
    28.5 kg/sq m (5.8 lb/sq ft)
    Empty Weight:
    215 kg (474 lb)
    Gross weight: 430 kg (948 lb)
    Fuel Capacity:
    50 litres (11 imp gal; 13 US gal)
    1 × Jabiru 2200A four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 60 kW (80 hp)
    Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph, 81 kn)
    Cruise Speed:
    120 km/h (75 mph, 65 kn)
    Stall Speed:
    55 km/h (34 mph, 30 kn)
    Takeoff Dist.:
    30 m (98 ft)
    Landing Dist.:
    30 m (98 ft)
    Rate of Climb:
    3.4 m/s (670 ft/min)

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    Are parts available for bantams after they shut up in NZ. Are there many of these sitting in hangars around Aus gathering dust or do they get out regularly?

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    What is powering that South African Bantam, ZU-FLK? It looks like a Jab 3300. That's a huge amount of power (and engine weight) for a 430kg ultralight.

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    9 hours ago, spacesailor said:

    I believe theres one in the hanger at the Oaks ,

    l was told it was the training aircraft of old.

    I could be wrong as it was many years ago.


     I flew that one  a few times some years ago . A nice little machine and great fun . It was “ hung “ from the hangar roof for many years not airworthy and may now be at Wedderburn , although not 100% about that . 

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    2 hours ago, spacesailor said:

    It looked good up there !,

     'Hanging around & not touching the ground'

    Sounds like a waste...there must be heaps of hangars hiding all sorts of unused treasures sitting idol and deteriorating..  

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    The Bantam was designed and built by Max Clear who had his own airfield at Te Kowhai near Hamiltion in NZ. Max was an amazing aviator and I lived not far away and used to watch him doing very good aerobatics in the Pitts he built in the 70s from my veranda on warm Summer evenings. At the peak of production his company Micro Aviation was shipping quite a few to South Africa each month & he had various people helping to build them. I got to fly a few and they were delightful. All of the Bantams I flew were 2 stroke Rotax powered.


    Sadly Max died of cancer in 2011 and his family were not interested in the business or aviation. The business sold but at the time in 2012 the airfield did not. There were 6 hangars there at the time. Total production before Max's death was 354 Bantams. The airfield was eventually sold to a private consortium and they hold flying events and country fairs etc there. I flew  the C172 and Archer in many times & there was always a great welcome, cup of tea & a yarn.

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