18 January 2024



Éric Fumey’s best wishes

2023 has been a rich year for SE Aviation Aircraft! Rich in technical innovations, rich in new designs, rich in upgrades, notably for the comfort of our cockpits, and, of course, rich in human terms with the arrival of new people at the heart of our company, reinforcing a team imbued with cohesion, professionalism and passion. And how could we not be proud to have won the 4th “Ailes de Cristal” award for our DRIADE drone program on December 7, 2023?

But our greatest reward is you! It’s your joy when we deliver your MCR, your satisfaction when we upgrade your machine, or when you thank us for maintaining it for you. We can’t put a price on seeing this, especially at events like the Fly’In MCR 2023.
So it’s our turn to thank you: Thank you for trusting us every time you take the controls of your MCR.
Thank you… and let’s fly together to 2024!

Happy New Year to all of you!
Éric Fumey – CEO of SE Aviation Aircraft


Our Customers, their aircraft…
MCR-M at 28,000 ft !

Johan Ekroth is one of our customers. Based in Sweden, at the Västerås airfield some 70 km from Stockholm, this private pilot has logged a total of 2,700 flying hours. He is also an experienced flight instructor, having flown no fewer than 45 different machines.
He first came across the MCRs in 2005, via Ove Englmund, the Swedish importer at the time, who was promoting them with two MCR-4Ss. Amazed by the performance of the MCR-4S, it wasn’t until 2014 that Johan took the plunge, after falling under the spell of another type of MCR, a second-hand MCR-M. Along with five other people, he became the co-owner of the SE-VLV, a real little ball of energy with a stunning silver paint scheme…

“In 2014, I saw the MCR we now own and thought it was super cool!”

Built in 2008, the SE-VLV had just 128 flying hours at the time, and now has 962. Its control panel is well equipped: Dynon FlyDEK D-180, Garmin GPSMap 496 and 2-axis autopilot.

In terms of safety, it has an airframe parachute and, on the panel, the owners have fitted a Yaesu FTA850L portable radio, which enables them to carry out ILS approaches in the event of bad weather catching them unawares. Not a luxury: in Sweden, the weather can be very unpredictable…

Last but not least, with its 115hp turbocharged Rotax 914, its MT-Propeller constant-speed three-blade and its small size, this MCR-M is not lacking in liveliness! The six owners realize this every time they fly locally, or travel on board, regularly criss-crossing Europe.

Flying at… 28.000ft!

But there was one time, in particular, when Johan Ekroth really took the full measure of his MCR-M’s formidable power-to-weight ratio. Who better than him to tell us about this flight?
One day, I had the idea of seeing how high our MCR could fly. I had already flown up to FL150 with a Rotax 912UL, and a ULS, but never with a 914 turbo.
Since in Sweden VFR flight is only authorized up to FL195, I contacted the Swedish Transport Agency and got permission to fly up to FL285.
I had to fly around, in a small R area which was approx: 18 Nm across. As I climbed, the air became turbulent and above 22,000ft, the controls became really sensitive.

Then the cold hit hard: due to exhaled air, the inside of the canopy had frozen, leaving a visibility of barely 10 cm. I estimate that it was around -36°C outside, but I can’t be sure, because it was so cold that the Dynon’s temperature sensor had stopped working. Gradually, I reached 28,000 ft at QNH1013, and began my descent. I could probably have climbed another 100 or 200 ft but the cold and the full concentration that was required, made me choose to descend again. Also I was unsure how much oxygen was required to sink. It had to be very slow and careful. Unfortunately due to full concentration no photo was taken until 27,180 ft when I was on my way down.

In short, this flight sums up why we’re still impressed by the performance of our MCR-M. And despite being 15 years old, for the six of us, this aircraft is at the top of the ultralight hierarchy on the market! If I had to find a fault with it, I’d say it’s just a shame there’s no MCR with retractable wheels…

What Johan Ekroth has achieved is a feat, and we’ll forgive him for not taking any photos at 28,000 ft, which is easy to understand. Indeed, we have no memory of ever having seen an MCR fly so high.

Well done to him, and long live his incredible “Silver MCR”, capable of reaching new heights!








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