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I am an Apollo Monsoon owner considering a new wing to replace my Profi TL 14.5. I was vacationing in Daytona for the week and decided to make the two and a half hour drive to SilverLight Aviation in Zephyrhills to test fly the new DJ-II with the 12.4 Cheval wing.
I met Abid on a chilly 40 degree Friday morning. After a quick preflight and flight control orientation, I climbed in to the front seat and we were off. The front seat was very comfortable and the controls were almost identical to my Monsoon. Wing control on the ground was noticeably lighter than my Profi. As soon as we rotated I could tell that the Cheval was much more nimble than my Profi as well. We climbed out at about 1000 feet per minute and headed north. We climbed to 2000ft and made some gentle carving turns. The wing control was incredibly light and responsive. Even at hands-off speeds at near 100 MPH it was rock solid and reassuring. We were at medium trim and cruising about 85 at 4700 RPMs. I cut the throttle and pulled the bar in to my chest. The acceleration was incredible and immediate. After about 3 seconds I glanced down and the air speed indicator was reading 109 MPH. VNe is 115! I think I made Abid a little nervous. I was impressed with the response. I attempted a few power off stalls but could not get the Cheval in a true stall. After a few more turns we headed back to the airport. As we turned for final, I was able to appreciate the glide slope and energy retention of the Cheval. Out of the corner of my eye I could tell from the wind sock there was a light crosswind but it was not noticeable on the controls.
The Delta Jet II with the Cheval wing is an impressive and great flying aircraft. The round trip 5 hour drive to fly it was worth it. The Cheval will be the next wing on my Monsoon and I’ll get to maintain my S-LSA status.
If you have the opportunity, give Abid a call and schedule an introductory flight. You’ll be glad you did.
Look for article dated Dec 9, 2014 called "Fresh American LSA & Ultralight Exports"
i frequently trailer my trike, and often, inquisitive earthlings ask 'what is it'? well, trike don,t cut it. their little kiddie has a trike, and it don't fly! using fed-speak 'flex-wing' only makes it seem dangerous! so, i usually tell 'em 'it's a little airyplane', which seems to satisfy the average proleteriat, but one little snot-nosed pre-adolescent asked 'who flyes it for you? obviously his part-formed logic-center (centre to my anglo buds) couldn't equate how a pot-belly, bald, funny-talking octogenerian could possibly master this fearsome array of tubes and wires, when i admitted " i do" he walked away muttering 'lying old coot! another time when i was busy 'fettling' my trike a feminine voice behind me said "it's bigger than i expected". well! it's been a LONG time, if ever, that i,ve heard similar words! the voice belonged to a little old lady out walking her dog, which had not stuffed its snout into my crotch, nor had 'it' tried to hump my leg, so i didn't know she was there. she lived locally and said she enjoyed watching me fly my 'little airyplane' and that it 'looked like fun'. i agreed, it was fun 'flying my little airyplane'.. ps. for the non-anglophiles 'fettling' refers to tightening the swathes of baleing wire seemingly applied to those parts most likely to fall off, also wrapping another layer of duct-tape to any weather ravedged tape already applied to cover something we would rather not see any more, etc. pps. some years ago we 'trike drivers' had a lively discussion as to what it is that we fly. hardly anyone suggested 'flex-wing', but that's what we're stuck with. so be it. but i still like to think i fly 'a little airyplane' it's more fun that way. ppps i remember when SEX was fun and FLYING was dangerous! but, now..... monty
Is there any pilots on this forum that also fly PPGs? I have been thinking about exploring PPG flying in 2015.
I have done some research on it, my biggest fear like most new pilots would be the wing collapsing. Personally, I think this can be a great form of aviation. My inspiration to explore this field came from reading the book, "Running into the sky by Chris Wolf".
If there is anyone who was/is a PPG pilot then I would like to hear your story and experiences and recommendations.
. Speed over a closed course, 40 km:
Flown with 2 persons, Gordon Douglass pilot, UK
P&M QuikR, Rotax 912, 106.11 MPH
. Speed over a straight course:
Flown with 2 persons, Gordon Douglass pilot, UK
P&M QuikR, Rotax 912, 106.78 MPH
.Distance in a straight line without landing:
Flown with 2 persons, Olena Ostahova pilot, Ukraine
Aeros 2, Rotax 912, 438.17 miles
All three of these report a Rotax 912, and I don't know if in fact they were 912s's. It's easy to pull the bar in on a QuikR to 120 MPH but it's difficult to keep it pulled in and maintain that speed. I would think it would be easy to fly a QuikR over a 110 MPH for an hour or more but very difficult with any wind at all over a closed circuit. Any wind hurts rather than helps you in a circuit. And as far as the two up 438 mile distance...I don't know about two up but one up it would be easy to more than double that mileage with an additional gas tank. There are lots of records out there to be had. It's difficult jumping through the FAI's hoops to properly certify these attempts, however.
IMHO the ultimate World Trike Record is an American Transcontinental Speed Record. I've flown coast to coast five times but never trying to set a record. I thought I was going to be the first person to set a San Diego to Jacksonville speed record and it can be done in well under 24 hours. Alas, it will not be me, probably someone younger.
Congrats to Gordon and Olena but why are the Euros getting all the Glory?
There is a significant discount of $3500 being offered for first quarter 2015 deliveries for orders placed by Dec 15, 2014. That's like getting an upgrade to 100 HP and a radio installed for free.
Please check http://www.deltajet2.com
for specs and configurator. The discount will be on the prices gotten there.
Happy and safe flying.
I just got done with my final Securities exam, so now I have a lot of free time to read.
I would like to know if there is any book or videos that you can recommend, related to flying and flying adventures, they don't necessarily have to be about trike flying but any kind of flying related interesting book or video that you enjoyed or it inspired you.
I would appreciate your recommendations.
We hooked up two weeks ago in a role reversal, she having been my Hang 3 instructor 40 years ago, and decided to live, eat, and breathe the training required to "get ur dun". Three back-to-back days of L&V winds had her soloing the Airborne 912 and almost ready to take her Written Test. Once passed she called Examiner Jonny Thompson and arranged a Checkride in Currituck, NC for the next day.
A cold front was threatening to interfere with the plans, but we went to the airport anyway just to see what developed on the backside of the NC mountains. We took off when we learned the front went stationary over the mountains and enjoyed 20 knot tailwinds the whole way.
Jonny Thompson was there to meet us upon landing and suggested Jackye get started on the Oral right away. By the end of the day the winds laid down and they started the Flight Test. She passed with flying colors and we left the next morning for home. Within 60 hours of passing her Written and a week of flying, Jackye Reynolds earned the Sport Pilot rating that had eluded her for years for one reason or another. She truly set the goal and hunkered down and "got ur done!" Congratulations Jackye for a job well done!