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John Chotia crafted the basic JC-24 (JC for John Chotia, 24 for his 24th design) airframe in 1976.
Weedhopper first flew in May 1977
John Chotia's efforts finally came good, his first two prototypes of the two-axis 'Weedhopper' making their maiden flights in February 1978. Carrying the type number 'JC-24', as they were his 24th design, they led to a pre-production machine the following year and large-scale production in 1980.
First 'pre production" Weedhopper
Up until May 31, 1979 Model JC 24 - B. Weedhopper kits cost $2195, June 1 and later, the price raises to $2495.
First large scale production of
Weedhopper in USA
"Weedhopper" Trade mark registered December 15, 1981 to
Weedhoppers reach Europe and make a big impact
Pierangelo MEZZAPESA the 1st manufacture of WEEDHOPPER JC 24 D in Europe (in 1981. 50 apparatuses).
Tragically, on 27 October 1981, John Chotia was killed while test flying one of his own machines.
The Weedhopper 2 is test flown in Europe
Rotax engines make an appearance on ultralight aircraft for the first time
Maverick Mfg. Co., Port Orchard, WA - described as a Weedhopper style craft after Weedhopper and Nova-Air went out of business.
Pegasus Systems is a new company
Pierangelo MEZZAPESA oversees installation of the factory of ULTRALAIR and staff training for the manufacture of the WEEDHOPPER.
The AX3 was seen as a machine with a lot of promise in 1991.
"Weedhopper" Trade mark registered September 1, 1992
through March 8, 1999
The AX3 side-by-side two-seater fixed-wing aircraft
produced by Cyclone Airsports attained Section S. This machine has its roots in
the American Weedhopper, designed in the early days of microlighting
ULTRALAIR S.A (Valencian - France): Pierangelo MEZZAPESA is Technical director of research and development. Improvement of the EUROPA II, developed at the point of the AX3 and the EUROPA I last version. Certification of the AX3 for Great Britain.
The AX3 gets a flight test. Paul Dewhurst finds it a surprising aircraft with good performance and manners. In its current form, the A3's Weedhopper ancestry is well concealed, but the basic structure was found to be little changed.
Tom Grieve and Hugh Knox became the first to cross the North Sea, flying from central Scotland to Norway, Denmark, Germany, Holland, England and home in a Flash 2 Alpha and an AX3. The flight was planned in order to raise money for Amnesty International and to highlight those countries which didn't enjoy political freedom by touring those which did.
Formation of the Hixson/Myers
Weedhopper USA, Inc. on Dec 10, 1997
The long-distance test flight theme, begun the previous year, continued when an AX2000 was flown from Wallingford to Bassano. The testers obviously enjoyed the journey as while they were supposed to trailer the aircraft back, once they were the right side of the Alps they re-rigged the machine and flew it home
The UK 450 kg CAA rule has arrived with the first permit issued for an X-Air on 2nd July. X Air is exhibited at Telford at the last Exhibition. Flight testing the HKS powered X Air
"Weedhopper" Trade mark registered May 16, 2000 through
February 24, 2007
According to the Mississippi Secretary of State, 1-601-359-1633, Weedhopper USA inc.
was dissolved and went out of business officially December 28th 2001
The X’Air Falcon was seeking BMAA approval.[
The British Microlight Aircraft Association] The Falcon was a development of the
original X’Air involving a redesigned wing structure incorporating flaps, and a
larger engine intended to boost the performance to match the other SLAs
Pegasus Aircraft stopped manufacturing the AX3 at the end
of 2002, but continues to supply parts