The ULBI WT-01 Wild Thing is a two-seat all-metalic high-wing ultralight
aeroplane with tail wheel. The aircraft is designed by Rainer F. Kurtz,
Bamberg, Germany. The idea was to build a robust MLA aircraft capable to
operate in harsh environments. It was intended to comply with the
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale microlight rules. Although it is a new design,
the Wild Thing has similarities with the Murphy Rebel. The Wild Thing
is supplied as a kit for amateur construction or as a complete
ready-to-fly-aircraft. In October 1995, the WT-01 Wild Thing entered production
with S.C. Aerostar in Romania, that was contracted for this production by
Air-Light GmbH, Hassfurt, later known as ULBI (Ultraleicht Bau
International GmbH), Hassfurt. The Wild Thing is available with
tailwheel (WT 01) and steerable nose wheel (WT 02). The all metal Wild
Thing ultralight aircraft has folding wings. The two-seat cabin is spacious, both
seats are equipped with a joystick (side- by-side). The Wild Thing can
be fitted with a Jabiru 2200; Jabiru 3300; Rotax 912 UL; Rotax 912 ULS; Mid-West Hawk or
a Verner SVS 1400 engine. The airspeed is around 140 km/hr and the aircaft has
fuel tanks with a volume of 40 litre in each wing.
In 1998, the ULBI WT-01 Wild Thing c/n 98-03-051 was registered D-MRVK in Germany.
This 1998-built aircraft is in fact an Air-Light WT-01 Wild Thing built by
S.C. Aerostar in Romania. On 28 June 2012, the WT-01 taildragger D-MRVK was seen at
Flugplatz Melle in service with Flugschule Bielefeld.