Broadened Horizons has concluded this plan is probably the best Light Sport Aircraft for wheelchair users simply with its larger cargo carrying capacity for a folding wheelchair behind the backseat (either manual or very lighttravel power chairs). Broadened Horizons, President Mark Felling hopes to work with Paradise to improve their hand control designed to make it more universal and work for pilots with limited hand dexterity also. A more universal design benefits all pilots providing less fatigue, better ergonomics, and improved ease-of-use. If this interests you, please share your comments or to request additional information which will help provide greater motivation for the factory to dedicate time and resources to making these improvements!
Wings for a Wheelchair article in Plane and Pilot Magazine
Dylan Finds Paradise - Sport Pilot
Paulo Oliveira and Noe (pronounced “Noah”) Oliveira, although unrelated, are longtime friends and partners in the Paradise enterprise. Paulo and son Chris Regis run the U.S. distributorship, Paradise USA (www.paradiseaircraft.us), in Sebring. Noe designed the P1.
When Dylan asked Paradise about a hand controller, Noe’s ears perked right up. “He’s a creator,” says Paulo. “He thrives on a challenge—that’s his bag.”
So eagerly did Noe tackle the project, that—in spite of his other duties wrangling Paradise Brazil—he designed, built, tested and delivered the modifications in three short months!
“The most important thing for us,” says Paulo, “was the smile on Dylan’s face. He test-flew it, made some final adjustments and flew it home with his instructor.”
|Noe Oliveira tailored Dylan Redd’s Paradise P1 to fly with hands-only controls. The split brake lever pivots up from the floor (far left) and the console-mounted T-handle (middle) controls the nosewheel, rudder and throt
Was it difficult to design a hands-only control system? “Not really,” says Noe. “I feel very proud and happy to have created something that could make a lot of pilots happy.”
I ran my hands over the shiny carbon-fiber weave of the console-mounted T-handle and asked how the system works.
“Dylan requested the T-handle on his right instead of the left,” recalls Noe. “The T-handle has two functions: Move it forward for nosewheel right; pull backward for nosewheel left. The same movements work the rudder in flight. The top part of the T-handle controls throttle. Twisting clockwise accelerates, counterclockwise decelerates. So you have two movements in one control. There’s also a PTT on the handle for radio.”
Had I heard wrong? Wouldn’t moving forward/back for throttle and twisting left/right for rudder, like a home flight-simulator joystick, be more natural? I asked Dylan to confirm the setup. “No, that’s right,” he replied. “Although, now that you mention it, maybe it would have made more sense to move the handle left and right for rudder!” The important thing is the young man is adapting just fine.
Superbly finished Paradise USA P1, an all-metal airplane with a quality all-leather interior that feels secure and comfortable.
The overall design of the Paradise USA P1 is crafted with the utmost care, using the latest technology. The plane’s frame is welded and covered with an aviation grade aluminum which provides a very sturdy body, requiring minimum maintenance and a lifetime of service.
Powerful yet reliable the 100HP Rotax 912 ULS provides the P1 with a remarkable short take off and landing performance. Not to mention, an excellent climb rate and cruise speed. A single person can easily remove the cowling in order to gain access to every component of the engine for maintenance or inspection.
An excellent wing design and large moving horizontal tail that allows the aircraft to be gentle yet stable with superb stall characteristics. Its dual control system, rugged landing gear, pedal steered nose gear and wide range of optional, along with excellent flight performance ensures a safe and leisurely air travel.
The Paradise USA P1 offers you more cubic area than most aircraft in the LSA category. Standard leather interior and spacious cockpit, together with panel-mounted yokes, provides you with maximum comfort while flying. It’s high wing, side-by-side seating, easily accommodates two persons. With 18 cubic ft of space, you’re sure to be able to fit two golf bags, a cooler or maybe even some fishing or camping equipment. And if you desire additional sleeping space for your journey, in matter of seconds you can pop out either one of the front seats, and lay out a sleeping bag.
With Paradise USA P1's nose-down level flight characteristics, you will have perfect all around visibility, providing you with a new level of enjoyment and safety. Paradise USA P1 is fully compliant with all ASTM standards for Light Sport Aircraft. With 130 mph cruise speed, low gas consumption and over 500 miles range.
There are many disabled persons, who have or had dreams of flying a plane and many of them thought that they would never live them out. We at Paradise USA Aircraft are striving to help them reach their dreams.
Paradise USA P1 is a true representation of a supreme aircraft, luxurious, fast and agile. Join the family of Paradise USA P1 owners, as we take the next generation of pilots into the future!
PARADISE USA P1 Features
|PERFORMANCE / SPECIFICATION
|Takeoff over 50 ft obstacle
|Stall speed full flaps
|Stall speed w/o flaps
|Cruise speed (75%) true airspeed
|Never exceed speed (Vne)
|Range (65% power - no reserve)
|Endurance (no reserve)
|Max. takeoff weight - MTOW
Paradise USA P1 SLSA Standard Equipment List
All features listed below are included in the basic price of the Paradise USA P1 at no additional cost. Call us for a quote today at 407-896-1070 and let us build your dream panel!
||2 year factory warranty (see details)
||912 ULS 2 with sliper clutch
||Warp Drive 3 bladed, tapered tip prop
||Prop nickel edge protection
||Ground adjustable prop
||Matching color spinner
||Wheel pants (03)
||Sun shield pilot and passenger
||Aircraft document holder
||Pedal steering nose wheel
||Double hydraulic heavy duty disk brake system
||Aluminum aircraft wheels
||Solid aluminum main landing gear
||Aircraft grade certified Condor tires
||Double deluxe yoke
||Yoke mounted PTT pilot and passenger
||3 1/8" - Airspeed
||3 1/8" Altimeter
||3 1/8" - Vertical speed
||Pedestal mounted magnetic compass
||Fuel gauge (02)
||Fuel selector valve (left,right,both,off)
||Oil temp indicator
||Oil pressure indicator
||Manual flap control
||Elevator manual trim
||Rudder manual trim
||Hydraulic parking brake
||Wings and tail strobes
||Luggage net hooks
||38 gallon tanks (18 gallon usable each)
||Deluxe adjustable leather seats
||Quick remove seats
||Insulated interior for noise and heat
||Carpeted interior and luggage compartment
||12 volt panel power outlet
||Map pocket behind the seats
||C02 proof - Cabin heat system
||Grab handles pilot and passenger
||Large engine inspection window
||Quick remove cowling
||Quick release passenger door
||"N" number registration
||Engine instruments lighting
||Wiring for night flying
||Naca air vents
Some of these features not available with glass panel