The TAKE OFF Ultraleichtflug Merlin 1100 is a trike and in basic a motorised hangglider built by TAKE OFF
Ultraleichtflug GmbH, Hamm, Germany. This type of micro-light is piloted by displacing the centre of gravity.
It remains true to its origins as it is piloted in the same way as the original delta-wings by using a trapeze.
The Take-Off Merlin, powered by a converted four-stroke flat-twin BMW engine was introduced in 1998 as a further
development from the 1994-Merlin 100. It uses a welded tubular structure with a single flexible arm for the mainwheel suspension.
The in-house reduction gear and centrifugal clutch are well sorted and made for a smooth and quiet machine. Lift
comes from the Drachen Studio (Avant) wing, that uses spoilers; the Aeros Profi wing or the Air Création wing that
can be used. To mount the wing only the mast is folded down; engine and seats remain in position. When the wing is
placed on the frame, only 40% of the wing weight is lifted by the pilot. The entire assembly of this double seat can
therefore be carried out by a person (without a tool). The cruising speed of this trike is 80 km/h, with a maximum
speed of 100 km/h