Model: Rally 2-B
Operating Life: 1977
UAS Location: Hangar 1
RALLY 2-B MICROLIGHT
Image: MARK J. CAIRNS
The Rotec Rally is a family of American ultralight aircraft that was designed by Bill Adaska in 1977 and produced by Rotec Engineering of Duncanville, Texas. The aircraft was supplied as a kit for amateur construction.
He had been an aeronautical engineer at Bell Helicopter and the French helicopter manufacturer, Aerospatiale, prior to starting Rotec.
The earliest Rallys were derived from hang gliders and comply with the US FAR 103 Ultralight Vehicles rules, including the category's maximum empty weight of 115 kg.
The Rally 2 has a standard empty weight of 66Kg. The Rally series all feature a cable-braced high-wing, a single-seat, open cockpit, conventional landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration. The series was highly successful due to its low price and solid engineering.
The aircraft is made from aluminium tubing, with the flying surfaces covered in Dacron sailcloth. The wing is cable braced from a single king post mounted on top of the wing. The tailwheel is sprung.
The first Rally aircraft were low-powered hang gliders and grew in sophistication as the model numbers increased.
More than 2000 Rallys were delivered.