Created for a small Adelaide, Australia-based company, the Ultra-Lite Fuselage and iPad Integration Proposal by student designer Dale Wakeham proposes to incorporate a new digital gauge system that is centered on an iPad for displacement and relay needs. Each year, the company manufactures a few Ultra-Lite airplanes bare framed and wanted to explore the possibilities for manufacturing bigger crafts. Since the current lot of Ultra-Lite crafts available in the market is offered with a naked chassis, the designer based his proposal on an iPad-integrated fuselage for the crafts.
With numerous configurations for the Apple tablet, the concept craft with its aggressive and uniquely bold aesthetic looks to exploit this gap in the market. With the iPad mount in the center of the craft, the articulating arm is able to fold away into the main center beam of the Ultra Lite plane. The iPad can also be stored away in the side slot when it is not needed. Depending on individual preferences, the iPad can be placed in the A frame of the steering or even on either of the mounts. The mounts can be rotated and slid for adjustment and the iPad is always tethered for safety
Several intake vents and aggressively styled lines make the fuselage an attractive offering. A comfortable sitting position is provided by seats that flip down for rear access and storage space and the nose cone provides wind protection and incorporates ignition controls and two gas gauges. The seat’s sides have also been incorporated with CB radio with an aerodynamic shape and flowing line aesthetics complimenting the fuselage’s two tone finish, “fast back” roof fins, “duck tail” rear and “coke bottle” hips.