The FIB was patented by Polaris Motor SRL, the first Italian producer of hand gliders and ultralights, in 1986, in collaboration with the well known RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat ) manufacturer, Lomac Nautica.
The Malingri Family, owner of Polaris with their experience and knowledge of the sea, designed a safe and seaworthy ultralight with a very simple maintenance, easy to use from boats or beaches.
Since 1987 more than 1000 units have been sold around the world (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Red Sea, Argentina, Madagascar, USA etc.) Toyota bought 80 FIBS, many units operate from tourist resorts, and are on maxi yachts. The navy seals of Singapore use FIB's for special missions.
The strength of the FIB is given by his simplicity: in only 10 hours of flight lesson you are perfectly capable of flying in safety.
The FIB motorized with the Rotax 582 was realized not for more HP, but to reduce drastically the noise emissions. The residue power allows to silence the motor and install a three blade propeller. The FIB 582 is in this way more fit for use in places were noise can be unwelcome (Hotels, resorts etc).
FIB 582 is equipped as follows : Rotax 582 two stroke, two cylinder, twin carburetors and twin ignition, water cooled, mechanical reduction gear box type C or E, silencer on intake filter and on exhaust muffler, triple blade wood propeller with special protection on leading edge, console with radiator temperature instrument and with place for 4 more gauges, wing single surface 19.6sqmt.
FIB 503 is equipped as follows : Rotax 503 two stroke, two cylinder, air cooled, twin ignition, twin or single carburetor, two blade wood propeller with special protection on leading edge, wing single surface 19.6 sqmt.
Other options and accessories available.
Wy we use a Rubber Inflatable Boat (RIB ) as a float
The FIB's is designed to fly on all water surfaces including the sea which is the largest runway available in the world.
The pontoon's system, popular in the ultralight field, was not found safe and seaworthy for a weight shifting machine. It's well known that a single hull seaplane has better performances in rough sea than the conventional pontoon's like the catamaran style .
After two years of testing Polaris Motor chose a specially made RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) for floating, that permitted safe take off and landings even in fairly rough sea.
Compared to a machine equipped with pontoon catamaran style, the inflatable boat has a more naturally aerodynamic shape that reduces the drag in the air and does not interfere negatively with the control of the aircraft.