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Hang Glider Pilots Now Flying Trikes

Hang Glider Pilots Now Flying Trikes

Hang Gliding pilots turned trike pilots. Who are you, how did you transition, do you still hang glide?
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Since hang gliding wings are similar to trike wings and many trike pilots are/were hang gliding pilots, what are the hang gliding stories. How does this relate to triking. What did you learn from hang gliding that can be applied to trikes?

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  • david coy
    by david coy 5 years ago
    got into trikes because my hang gliding landing gear failed. but miss the freedom of coring thermals and engine off milking lift and hearing the boomer wisp.and bird like flight.now going to concentrate on soaring trikes but will still fly my lsa 2 place.hang glider pilots more rebelouse and like bad apples
  • John Olson
    by John Olson 5 years ago
    Another thing I really love about this hang gliding stuff is you get to sleep in.
  • Doug Boyle
    by Doug Boyle 6 years ago
    Lots of different ways to look at it, but triking offers the most airtime for the money spent.
  • Doug Boyle
    by Doug Boyle 6 years ago
    Last HG flight was a pop-off behind a boat winch which resulted in a lockout, wingover, and a landing right back where I started.
  • Captain X
    by Captain X 6 years ago
    I like that "Traded the Mountain for the Motor ..." I fell for that advertising slogan from the Mosquito developer- "a thermal in a bag" turns out for me, it wasn't a strong enough thermal, and no one else could core it with me ;)
    http://www.trikepilot.com/videos/view/a-real-microlight-taking-off-crosswind_11015.html?m=576
  • Doug Boyle
    by Doug Boyle 6 years ago
    Flew flats, tows, rogallos, and Soarmasters prior to 103, then Ultralights prior to SP, and now trikes. Also towed banners on the beach and dropped skydivers when it was legal. I traded the mountain for the motor in order to get more airtime! Still fantasize about it however....
  • John Olson
    by John Olson 6 years ago
    I was a hangie first and I'm a hangie still. Not only does it make me a better flier, but I don't have to put up with bureaucrats like Lumpy. FAA-610 "Where Fun went, to kick the bucket."
  • Gary Berdeaux
    by Gary Berdeaux 6 years ago
    Hi Paul,
    Great idea for a group. I find my past experience as a hang gliding pilot has been invaluable to me as a trike pilot.