The VSKYLABS Polaris AM-FIB Project

Amphibious ultralight trike

For X-Plane 11

The VSKYLABS Polaris AM-FIB Project

The VSKYLABS Polaris Motor AM-FIB ("Flying Inflatable Boat") development for X-Plane was approved by 'Polaris Motor', allowing a great deal of reference materials and operational practices to be included in the design, modeling, engineering and development process. During development, first-hand materials and so-many detailed photos of practically every part of the FIB were shared by Polaris Motor company, for the purpose of this project. However, the VSKYLABS Polaris Motor AM-FIB for X-Plane is an independent project, which is not endorsed and/or affiliated with/by 'Polaris Motor'.

Polaris AM-FIB: A flying boat ultralight trike

The FIB is a flying boat ultralight trike, designed and produced by 'Polaris Motor' of Italy. The aircraft was introduced in the mid-1980s and remained in production. The FIB can be used on rivers, lakes, swamps and in open sea. It is equipped with retractable landing gears, and can be operated from land or water. The VSKYLABS model is also equipped with an optional GNS530.

What is an ultralight trike aircraft: also known as a flex-wing trike, weight-shift-control aircraft, microlight trike, deltatrike or motorized deltaplane, is a type of powered hang glider using a high-performance Rogallo wing coupled to a propeller-driven three-wheeled undercarriage. While many powered aircraft have three-wheeled landing gear, the term "trike" refers specifically to the form of aircraft described above.

Flight control in a trike is made by weight-shifting; the undercarriage structure is connected to the wing at a hinge-point, and the wing can be tilted in both X and Y axes. While on the ground (takeoff for example), pushing the wing control bar raises the angle of attack of the wing and lift is produced. As the aircraft is airborne, moving the control bar of the wing causes the undercarriage to swift both sideways or back and forth, and a weight-shifting control is achieved.

A brief explanation of the options (accessories) regarding the landing gears (wheels) available for the FIB:

  1. AM-FIB ( Amphibious Flying Inflatable Boat ): Manually operated retractable landing gear that allows for the FIB to take off and land.
  2. Kit of wheels / trike conversion: A simple conversion kit allows removal of the inflatable hull and turns the FIB into a land based trike. For example, if during the winter, the FIB is to be used on land only, then this conversion kit is recommended.
  3. For landing on snow: skis are available on the trike version only (the trike without being attached to the inflatable boat).
  4. The AM-FIB system can be removed and installed at necessity easily when not needed.

Polaris AM-FIB: A flying boat ultralight trike

The FIB is a flying boat ultralight trike, designed and produced by 'Polaris Motor' of Italy. The aircraft was introduced in the mid-1980s and remained in production. The FIB can be used on rivers, lakes, swamps and in open sea. It is equipped with retractable landing gears, and can be operated from land or water. The VSKYLABS model is also equipped with an optional GNS530.

What is an ultralight trike aircraft: also known as a flex-wing trike, weight-shift-control aircraft, microlight trike, deltatrike or motorized deltaplane, is a type of powered hang glider using a high-performance Rogallo wing coupled to a propeller-driven three-wheeled undercarriage. While many powered aircraft have three-wheeled landing gear, the term "trike" refers specifically to the form of aircraft described above.

Flight control in a trike is made by weight-shifting; the undercarriage structure is connected to the wing at a hinge-point, and the wing can be tilted in both X and Y axes. While on the ground (takeoff for example), pushing the wing control bar raises the angle of attack of the wing and lift is produced. As the aircraft is airborne, moving the control bar of the wing causes the undercarriage to swift both sideways or back and forth, and a weight-shifting control is achieved.

A brief explanation of the options (accessories) regarding the landing gears (wheels) available for the FIB:

  1. AM-FIB ( Amphibious Flying Inflatable Boat ): Manually operated retractable landing gear that allows for the FIB to take off and land.
  2. Kit of wheels / trike conversion: A simple conversion kit allows removal of the inflatable hull and turns the FIB into a land based trike. For example, if during the winter, the FIB is to be used on land only, then this conversion kit is recommended.
  3. For landing on snow: skis are available on the trike version only (the trike without being attached to the inflatable boat).
  4. The AM-FIB system can be removed and installed at necessity easily when not needed.

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