About Ace Aviation

Ace Aviation was created out of the practical experience of one man and his love for flying and design, helped by all the experienced people who he had worked with, mainly as co-manager alongside other departments in the aero sports industry over the years. John Penry-Evans, first flew hang gliders in his teens in the mid 1970`s when hang gliding design was still young. He has a wide and varied experience on most types of aero sports equipment both free flight and powered.


John started working for aero sports companies in the late 1970`s, where he eventually managed Birdman Sports at Marlborough. Birdman Sports was the precursor to Solar wings, Pegasus and now P&M Aviation.


John also worked for Hiway Hang Gliders in Tredegar South Wales, FireBird Products at Seeg Allgau in Bavaria, The Dragon Light Aircraft Company on the south side of Cardiff Wales airport and Apco Aviation at Netanya, Israel. He then worked at Hornet Microlights at Bradford UK, went back to Apco in Israel for a short while, before an opportunity came to work for Raj Hamsa in Mysore, India, the company that made the X-Air.


After 3 years working at Raj Hamsa, John and his wife Noelene (That he met and married in India) moved back to the UK, Ace Aviation was formed and the business ran out of Pembrey Airfield Industrial Estate. They designed a trike and two wings that became the basis of the production models that they would eventually manufacture from Ooty when they both moved back there in 1998.

Ace Aviation, Ooty, India (1998)

Our manufacturing base is high up in the Nilgiri Hills near Ooty (7,500 feet ASL). Our production trikes are the Magic, Easy and our NEW X-ERO light weight trike which was introduced in September 2017. We produce nine wings.

We curently produce nine wings. Seven of these were designed specifically for our trikes, from the Cyclone at 11.5 sq. meters, which won the first SSDR Air rally, the Laser at 13 sq. mts, The Touch at 14 sq. mts and the Spirit at 15 sq. meters.

Added to our production later on were 2 single seat strutted wings, As-tec 13 and As-tec 15.

2017 saw the introduction of the ‘Super 70’, a sub 70 kg trike wing and engine which complies with the UK’s SPHG rules and the Australian Sub 70 rules.


Also in 2017 we came out with two hang gliders; both recreational wings, the Spirit 16 and 19.

A two-seat trike and wing has been developed for the USA market as well.

We carry out R&D on several engines that we offer. The MV-X and the MV-XS, both of which are variations on the robust Simonini Mini 3 engine that we have improved to yield more power and thrust, with Simonini`s full warrantee in writing. Both of these engines develop more power and thrust than the standard engines at less rpm. The MV-X has 110 KG's thrust and the MV-XS has 120 KG's thrust, standard engines produce between 95-100 KG's of thrust.

Ace Aviation manufacture redrives for many different engines. The first ones were back in 2010 for the Commercial V-Twins such as the Briggs and Stratton, Subaru, Kolher etc. These were initially designed by Kevin Armstrong when he modified the B&S for his Magic trike. Ace Aviation have taken this branch of the engineering business to a new height. They now make redrives for many different but popular engines and take on the design of new redrives as well. To date, over 200 redrives have been sold globally with no customer complaints.

We make aircraft covers for mainly fixed wing ultralights/microlights like the X-Air, but also dust covers and all weather covers for flex-wings. We sub contract for other aero sports companies around the world and use aircraft grade materials and billet extrusions for all machining and milled parts.

We make parts and assemblies for many aero sports companies that produce certified aircraft.

Please write to us for a quotation for any parts or assemblies that you may want, including sails and fabric parts.

Ace Aviation offers excellent quality at very affordable prices. We are dedicated to our customers and offer an aftersales service that is second to none.


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