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    Craig Valentine
    "Craig Valentine" commented on Rizwan Bukhari's Blog "What GPS to buy".
    Bill asked me to clarify about the low cost GPS reference I made earlier. The $5 smart phone GPS app I referred to, is now the $7.99 Android Bearing+Distance App for one of six sections of the US or I think about $30 for the whole US. This is an ...
    4 hours ago
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    Larry  Mednick
    "Larry Mednick" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Something worth a try if the performance is sooooo poor. Throw a 1/2" shim into each wing tip. if you need shims call me, because I still have a ton of Gibbo shims from when I used to sell Gibbos.
    5 hours ago
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    Larry  Mednick
    "Larry Mednick" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    When we talk about glide ratio we are usually referring to best glide. Best glide isn't going to be 3-5:1 it is going to be a specific best glide. That may be with the bar held way out to the strut in some cases. At 5:1 it sounds like something is ...
    5 hours ago
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    Chuck Burgoon
    "Chuck Burgoon" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Individual Preferences for everything in this world are highly…if not totally… subjective. I like short brunettes. I don’t think it’s possible to make a right/wrong…best/worst determination because everyone’s preferences are ...
    9 hours ago
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    Chuck Burgoon
    "Chuck Burgoon" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Decided to re-post my comments to maintain topic continuity: I’ve cross-posted this since I mentioned elsewhere. I had a chance to fly the Mako 15. It’s an interesting and fun wing. It feels more like a 12 meter and the Orca 12 ...
    10 hours ago
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    scott smith
    "scott smith" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Well I never flew the Mako so I can't comment on that, but I have been flying the manta 15 for many years and I absolutely love the wing. I bought it used (Mark never made a dime selling this one) and flew it on my maverick. I was not happy with ...
    11 hours ago
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    Robert Sumner
    "Robert Sumner" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Thanks Riz. If I ever buy a manta I'll be sure to cruise over to Idaho and check it out first. Satisfied with my current set up but maybe later you never know...
    13 hours ago
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    Abid Farooqui
    "Abid Farooqui" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Garrett: Talk of sink rate and glide ratio is completely meaningless without giving airspeed. So for my information can you tell us at what airspeed you are quoting sink rate and climb rate and glide ratio? Also is that the airspeed at which Mark's ...
    13 hours ago
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    garrett speeter
    garrett speeter A stand up guy wouldn't have lied about important safety issues like sink rate, power off glide, and ability to carry a passenger. I told you issue would be resolved with a refund but I have no need for a new sail...sure it would stay zipped but it still wouldn't fly like you said it would when I decided to buy it!
    14 hours ago
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    garrett speeter
    "garrett speeter" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    here is a quote from gibson in his email to me cruise rpm/speed pretty close the rest is not: Around 5400 with a 582.....your flying around 70 mph at this setting.....its not a problem landing with power off....power off glide is around 7 to ...
    15 hours ago
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    garrett speeter
    "garrett speeter" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Also gibson was actually up front about the cruise rpm. He did tell me it cruised at 5500rpm and that was accurate, just everything else was false!
    15 hours ago
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    Rizwan Bukhari
    "Rizwan Bukhari" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Robert, you don't have to believe me or anyone the best way to judge would be that if you ever visit Idaho, you are more than welcome to fly my trike and my Manta 17 RST wing. I absolutely love it and by flying my trike you will be able to make a ...
    20 hours ago
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    garrett speeter
    "garrett speeter" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Video is not for this purpose, but as a quick reply here it is sinking at 800-1000 ft/minute @ 4500 rpm...just imagine what it would do power off...hmmm....Do you really believe it does what Gibson says it does...I have a bridge to sell ...
    20 hours ago
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    Robert Sumner
    "Robert Sumner" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    After reading Mark's post it just sounds like a one off complaint. I was looking at a Manta a while back but ran across a hell of a deal on my Northwing. I'd seriously consider a Manta for my next wing at some point if I needed another wing.
    22 hours ago
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    Robert Sumner
    "Robert Sumner" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Pretty sure it was an orca he flew. But I don't remember. Was a conversation from a couple years ago. I've never heard of any complaints like this but being a new wing and not hearing any info on it other then Garretts review that's all I know. ...
    22 hours ago
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    Rizwan Bukhari
    "Rizwan Bukhari" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Not taking any sides here, but I recently bought a Gibbo wing A Manta 17 RST wing and I love it...absolutely love it. My wing performs exactly the way it was described to me. The stall and cruise speed and every feature was exactly as described. The ...
    1 day ago
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    Noel Clifford
    Noel Clifford commented on Noel Clifford's picture.
    Yes it is. I purchased it off Chris about 15 months ago. I still keep in touch with him. The trike was in great condition and doing my best to keep it that way.
    1 day ago
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    Mike-in- Thailand
    Mike-in- Thailand commented on Noel Clifford's picture.
    Is that Chris's Tanarg?
    1 day ago
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    Rick Deigsler
    Rick Deigsler commented on Bob Hayes's Video.
    Nice video Bob. Loved the upbeat music and the scenery down under. Maybe one day I will get to make a trip to that area of the world.
    1 day ago
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    Mark Gibson
    Mark Gibson Hello In 1976 I started flying Hang Gliders at Dog Mountain Washington.....I quickly established myself as an up and coming pilot and started to compete Nationally....soon after that I was setting world records and a 3 time member of the US World team.....We won the team Gold in 93 at my home site (Owens Valley) and I earned an individual bronze....we went on to win a team Bronze in Spain in 95 and in 97 I was the highest placing American in Australia (13th) on a Wing of my own design. After returning home from OZ I decided to change course and focus my ideas on designing and flying Trike Wings and Trikes....I established GibboGear in 1999....once I was heavily invested in Trikes I realized that Wings needed to not only be easy to fly (Butterfly 21) but the needed to open and close while attached to the Trike.....first came the "Wing Bridge" then the "Swing Wing"....a whole new way of thinking was born to our industry.....After another well know manufacturer introduced the first strutted Wing I designed the first "Folding Strut Wing"....always thinking of ways to make it easier on pilots....During this entire time I had a "little" proto stashed in the back of my hangar called a "Mimi Butterfly".....It had a 26 ft wing span and was the first "Reduced Span" Wing in the World....in the beginning it was just a "one off" that I planned on using for a solo unsupported XC across the USA in my 503 BB.....as more of my friends and family flew it my flight across the USA got postponed and I was in full production of the Manta 12 RST.....shortly after that though my cousin Armando fullfilled his dream by flying solo from my factory in Florida along the Caribbean Island chain all the way to Caracas Venezuela......2700+ miles much of it over water....GibboGear later updated the Manta RST to the Manta H and introduced the Orca 12 both becoming very successful and still in production....I also became the first major manufacturer to offer EAB as an affordable alternative to LSA pioneering another way for pilots to enter our Sport.Late last year I started to design my latest Wing.....Its would be 100% double surface completely detached form the top surface to aid in performance and handling.....I built myself one and it evolved into the number 1 Mako.....It flew awesome and was 100% safe with many local pilots flying it....It did have the word experimental included in the serial number as it was part of my EAB Trike.....During some of the design evolution I moved the control bar apex forward and just left the undersurface zipper slightly opened....it was never a problem and I continued to fly it and let other fly it too....the design was locked in and I was ready to sell Mako's and was selling Mako's.....during this time Garrett Speedter called me looking for a Wing and inquiring about the Mako.....I asked him what he was flying and he told me he flew an Airborne Trike with a Wizard Wing.....I told him he may want to choose one of my other Wings....maybe a Manta....he then told me he flew a Wills Wing T2 high performance hang glider and that a fast Wing wouldn't be a problem.....He was also looking for a deal and didn't want to pay full price....I informed him I had my personal Mako, it was the first ever built, was in like new condition except for some rust stains on the top surface which it got while leaving it for week or two in my friends hangar....Garret told me that wasn't a problem.....he sent me full payment and after a week or so I was able to ship it to him.....It's a long way to AK.....so during that time Garret contacted me telling me he really preferred to flying his beginner hang glider Wing and that he felt more comfortable landing in a slow Trike Wing.....He informed me he'd get a more experienced Trike pilot to check him out and I felt better with this decision, Garret received the Wing a week or 10 days later and informed me he loved the Wing and just completed a 300 mile triangle flight.....over the next few months he'd call with praise and complaints....I always was open to helping him....one of his complaints was that the undersurface wouldn't zip all the way closed.....about 2"......I told him I'd build him a brand new sail at no charge for him.....he declined.....but kept complaining.....I then told him I'd send him a new Trimmer block at no charge.....he excepted that.....I made it and sent it to him at no charge.....he then kept complaining and I offered to have him return the Wing to me and I'd sell it for him and send him the money for it.....he kept complaining and he started to hammer me online.....I've manufactured over 400+ wings and nearly 100 Trikes, I have very strong and supportive customer base.....98% of my customers buy a second wing or recommend my Wings to another pilot....My Wings are not falling out of the sky and if someone needs a part or repair I supply it on time and at a more then fair price....The Mako is an AWESOME Wing and other owners are 100% happy.....I'm sorry Garret isn't happy.....but in this day and age of internet anyone can shout to the World and no matter what I do for him it will result in the same out come...GibboGear is a stand up company and I'm a stand up guy. Best Regards Mark Gibson GibboGear
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    • garrett speeter
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      garrett speeter And one last thing, If I was realy flying the first Mako and you were upfront about it then why does it say "Mako #237" under the nose cone? And no matter who is flying it it still drops like a stone 1200ft/min does not equal 450ft/min!!
      15 hours ago
    • garrett speeter
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      garrett speeter I want to fix the problem. That is, I want my money back because the wing is not as described! Puttiong a new sail on my Mako is like trying to polish a turd..Yeah, it might fix zipper problem but it will still be an awful wing! It is hard to trust you to sell it because you lied to me several times already about it. You never told me it was the first ever built. I also never said I was more comfertable with my slower wing, actually I have tried out quite a range of wings and had no problem, I even said the Mako is easy to fly, it is just that it doesn't fly well. Now when I have time I have to make a video showuing the data and the phone conversations with you and emails to prove you are lying. That is a lot of work.
      21 hours ago
    • garrett speeter
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      garrett speeter Here is a start: look at sink rate on vario 800-1000fpm at 4500 rpm...wonder how it does power off??https://vimeo.com/100086355 plus you never offered concrete rebuttal of the numbers I posted. Numbers don't lie :-) Everybody stay safe out there!
      20 hours ago
    • garrett speeter
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      garrett speeter And one last thing, If I was realy flying the first Mako and you were upfront about it then why does it say "Mako #237" under the nose cone? And no matter who is flying it it still drops like a stone 1200ft/min does not equal 450ft/min!!
      15 hours ago
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    Dan Hickox
    "Dan Hickox" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    I feel I have to comment again that I have the same wing and none of these issues. No high sink rate, no climb rate or high rpm issues. I also have an Orca 12 and a Northwing Mustang 17 and have flown Manta 15 and some of the Airborne wings. ...
    1 day ago
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    Robert Sumner
    "Robert Sumner" commented on garrett speeter's Blog "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Sounds like this wing should have never been offered to the public. I've heard about other areas of concern with RST in that if you get them in a spiral, which is easier to do with the short span, that it can be a potentially more fatal experience ...
    1 day ago
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    Noel Clifford
    Noel Clifford commented on Noel Clifford's picture.
    Hello Mike, Thanks for the comment. This was captured off some video footage of a flight in Yarrawonga which is a northern town in Victoria Australia. It had been a unsettled day weather wise, however the afternoon saw a moderation in the weather ...
    1 day ago
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    garrett speeter
    garrett speeter wrote a new blog: "Detailed review of Gibbo Gear Mako 15".
    Factual review of the GibboGear Mako 15.   First let me start by introducing myself. I am a fairly high time trike pilot and an advanced rated hang glider pilot, I am also an avid foot-launched hang glider pilot. Here is a video of me ...
    1 day ago
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    garrett speeter
    garrett speeter commented on garrett speeter's Video.
    Glad you like the video! Robert, Gibson lied to me a lot about its capabilities when I bought it. It might be good if you live over 100% landable Terran and don't want to carry a passenger. I will post a detailed write up about the wing soon.
    1 day ago

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