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I-B953 Blackshape Prime BS115 c/n BPU 018-14 - Lelystad Airport in Holland - 13 November 2014 more at Lelystad Airport

The Blackshape Prime BS115 is a side-by-side two-seat low-wing, single engine, ultralight aeroplane with retracable landing gear, manufactured by Blackshape SpA, Monopoli (BA), Italy. The Blackshape Prime is a further development of the Millennium Master built by Compact Composite srl, Turin, Italy. The Millennium Master was a full carbonfiber designed aircraft evolved from the Asso X Jewel, an all-wood homebuilt cantilever, single engine, two seats, ultralight aircraft designed by Giuseppe Vidor. The Millennium Master flew first on 27 May 2006. A second prototype was flown in December 2007. However production was planned for October 2007, the Millenium Master didn't enter production with Compact Composite srl. In 2009, the design was acquired by Blackshape SpA, a young enterprise in Monopoli, that started with a Principi Attivi grant. The design was further developed into the Blackshape Prime, an extremely strong and low weight aircraft. The Blackshape Prime features a full carbon-fibre frame; a resistant protective box around both pilots, internal fire extinguisher and an internal ballistic chute to provide extra safity for the occupants in case of an emergency situation. The ultralight version of the Blackshape Prime powered by a 4-cylinder, 4-stroke liquid/air-cooled Rotax 912 ULS engine with opposed cylinders nead a take off and landing distance from 150 m and flies at a cruise speed of 275 km/h. Production of the Blackshape Prime is currently running at just under two aircraft per month, although the company is expecting to be producing one per week by the beginning of 2016. The build process is notable because the aircraft frame is entirely constructed from Carbon Fibre using Blackshape’s patented technology. The Blackshape Prime is currently undergoing the certification process under EASA and the FAA. The aircraft will be able to be used for civil and military flight training and for recreational flying for the more demanding pilot.

On 11 August 2014, the Blackshape Prime BS115 c/n BPU 018-14 was delivered as I-X010 at Lelystad. The aircraft is operated by Zelf Vliegen, an aviation company at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands. In September 2014, the aircraft was re-registered I-B953. On 22 February 2016, the aircraft was registered PH-4M9 in the Netherlands as an Blackshape Prime BS100. Blackshape Prime I-B953 was seen at Lelystad Airport on 13 November 2014.

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