May 8th

Steve Morse possibly looking to sell his Apollo LSA airplane

By Abid Farooqui

Hi Guys and Gals:

Steve Morse (yes the rock guitarist of Deep Purple fame) owns and flies an Apollo LSA that we assembled at Zephyrhills in I believe 2008 or 2009. The plane flies almost every day or two by Steve and he loves it but he is a tail-dragger enthusiaist and would possibly be willing to part with the pane to order a replacement tail dragger version.

 

It has a BRS, MGL Enigma EFIS, Partial backup analog panel, 2-axis auto-pilot and the works. 980 hours. Located in Ocala, FL.

If you don't know who Steve Morse is, see:

http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1026/10-things-you-gotta-do-to-play-like-steve-morse/22009

 

Serious inquries please. 

Asking price is $56k.

 

May 4th

Mogas Locator

By Craig Valentine
iFly makes one of the best aviation GPS's available and it's especially popular in Light Sport and Experimental aircraft. They are also one of the most responsive manufacturers, as they implement  features suggested by their users through a spot on their website called  "iFly Wish List". To get there:   
iFlygps.com - Support - Forum - iFly Wish-List
 
I've talked to them and posted the following on their website under "iFly Wish-List":
 
 
MOGAS LOCATOR

It's always a problem finding Mogas for my 100 HP Rotax engine while away from my home field. A few airports list having Mogas but it's often not available anymore or they don't have the Premimum Grade I need...another words, not up to date and unreliable. How about creating a new section under "Destinations" at AdventurePilot.com?

Pilots can write in the new "Mogas" section under "Destinations", fill out a form about availability of Mogas at an airport or how far away. For example, a common place for traveling pilots to get Mogas in California is Harris Ranch (3O8). Nothing is listed in Airport Information but there is a gas station 50 yards from the airport parking and mostly just us locals know about it and use it.

Next, iFly would use this data to create an additional Mogas - "M" icon under "Fuel Prices" and "Map Mode & Layers". Enable this "M" icon and an "M" would show on the screen at the airports where someone has filed a report. Tap on that airport and have a place on the Airport Information where you could read the filed reports and decide if you want to walk to that gas station or perhaps an airport car can be used. Subsequent users could confirm the accuracy or change the data if necessary. 

With this data base, it would be possible to fly most places in the US and find Mogas.

 

There's a good chance iFly will implement something close to this, this summer and especially if people go to the iFly website and comment on my post. Do you like the idea of having a National Mogas Database for pilots? Tell them!  Would you buy this GPS if you knew you could find Mogas all over the U.S.?  Tell them!

 

May 1st

Apollo Trikes Urgent Notice - Inspection and Replacement of clip batten tips

By Abid Farooqui

Hi All:

This is a notice for all Apollo trikers that have Profi TL or Reflex series of wings.

It is mandatory to check the integrity of all plastic clip batten tips every 50 hours for the trailing edge (all made by Airborne) and replace any that are suspect at all. Its difficult to judge the strength of the clip closing and thus is during an open and close check anything is suspect at all, please replace the tip immediately. Any of these tips that have been forced open once should not be re-used as they lose a significant amount of their holding resistence to open. These should never be put back together and re-used.

Although SilverLight Aviation is not responsible for other brands but we highly suggest to all trikers flying wings with these Airborne produced clips to follow the same advice we are providing our customers.

These tips can be purchased from various sources like by calling us, calling Northwing or via Aeros or Airborne. All of them come from the same source and produced by Airborne.

In our new wings we do not use these tips any longer and have switched to string batten cords. 

A mandatory safety bulletin will be going out to our customers who are known to have wings with these tips on their trikes. Please spread this if you know someone with these tips in their wings.

This bulletin is offered as a preventative cautious approach based on the following Oz Report and video of a hangglider getting into an unreciverable spiral dive by experienced pilots and recreated by German DHV test pilot.

http://ozreport.com/1430146583

https://vimeo.com/106099298

 

Apr 30th

Looks like 103's are making a resurgence. Why Ultralight trike?

By Paul Hamilton

Over the years on our web site search results the word "ultralight" has always been popular. Many think that 2 place LSA weight-shift control trikes are ultralights still, after 10 years. I am still explaining to many an ultralight is a single place, 5 gallons, 254 pounds empty, bla, bla, bla..

103's got top billing at popular GA website http://generalaviationnews.com/2015/04/29/part-103-ultralights-are-hot/

This is a significant GA endorsement  thanks to Dan Johnson, a trike pilot for decades. You can see a similar article at his web site http://www.bydanjohnson.com/ which has one of the better pictures of the REV.

The REV got top billing for trikes in these articles.

Here is my page on ultralights in general where I speak about ultralights to the general public.

 

http://lsapilot.sportaviationcenter.com/learn-to-fly/ultralights/

I think ultralights, trikes are going to be more popular since they are:

More Fun

Trike are the most fun to fly. A trike is most easily compared to a “motorcycle that flies”. It is a simple carriage with wheels and a wing.

Simple

A trike is simpler, easier, and less expensive to own and operate than typical airplane. They perform well at lower and higher speeds and burn less fuel.

Safest

Because of the wing design they are stall resistant and safer to fly than airplanes with these safer slow flying characteristics. Many trikes have emergency parachute systems making them safer that ultralight airplanes. With the great glide performance, if the engine fails you just glide down and land just like a hang glider.

Speed and Range

Ultralight trike aircraft are known for the ability to fly low and slow. The ultralight trike’s typical cruise speed can range from slow at 25 MPH to 50 mph. You’ll typical operate at heights between 300 and 1500 feet (90-500 meters). But you can ground skim just a few feet off the ground (a popular use of the aircraft) or cross country to altitudes as high as 18,000 feet (5.5 km). Since they are limited to a 5 gallon gas tank and burn less fuel than the higher drag ultralight airplanes they can go further.

Flying Characteristics

The ultralight trike is easier to fly than the ultralight airplane because it is a natural action to control. You simply move your body to there you want to go. You are only controlling two axis, roll and pitch. In an airplane you must control three axis which makes it more difficult. Trikes have an automatic rudder so crosswind take off and landings are easy. The natural feel and the easier to control make trike flying easier, less time/money, and safer.

Transport and Storage

Trikes can be easily taken down and transported in a trailer and stored in a trailer or garage. This makes them fun to take along on road trips and fly where you want.

A trike’s wing folds into a 16-foot tube that is 8 inches in diameter, and the carriage fits in a garage or trailer. It takes less than an hour to set it up or take it down. Another way is with a bigger trailer, the wings are folded back and it rolls right into the trailer which takes about 15 minutes to take down and set up.

Variety

If you want to go from airport to airport, you’ll want a smaller wing and enclosed carriage with skinny, streamlined tires. If you want to fly from beaches or in the boonies, you’ll want a big wing and fat tires, and you know with the extra drag you’ll not go as fast, or as far.

Summary

With the speed, ease of flying, and cross wind capability of the ultralight trike, it has become popular to new people learning to fly, airplane pilots wanting to simplify,  plus powered parachute pilots wanting more speed and wind capability.

 

An ultralight trike is a great choice for the ultralight category.

Apr 30th

my 2 cents, smoooooth is good!

By monty stone

to make a short story weally long, (as the waskally wabbit said), every flight begins with a take-off, and ends, usually, with a landing.( with a bit in between!) both regimens can be performed, successfully, dependant on territorial surface, atmospherical conditions,pilots preferences (quirks), at 'odds' with current teachings. whether the three-three inch wide strips we will be using are on a well manicured (faa funded) mile long blacktop runway, or some 'weed' farmers 'weally weally wuff woad under wildly fluctuating conditions the acknowledged trike 'gurus' tend to tap dance around a bit re the ideal, perfect, pristine landing sequence. understandably reluctant to 'piss off' their fellow 'industry leaders' i've read 'qualifying comments' ranging from 'NO EXCEPTIONS all the way to WHEN SAFE TO DO SO. i'm reffering to full stall, suggestion bar ALL the way forward agin the down thingamy tube,if any, big fan idling,minimum airspeed. it would be interesting to watch a 'friendly' contest between these guys flying ONE trike, with a large 'floaty' wing landing on varying surfaces with an unknown, but significant variable crosswind component. i doubt that the 'perfect' landing regimen would be adhered to! i was teached, way back in a previous century, (i'm not saying which one!) to always leave a 'little in the bank' when landing, to spend some, if neccessary. well, with 4k plus arrivals ,(some of which were fairly smooth!) . this has worked ok for me,(with help from lady luck) with various surfaces and conditions. contrary to some , almost hysterically rigid doctrines demanded by some 'industry leaders'. now i'm not advocating 'blazingly fast' arrivals, just a coupla' furlongs-a-fortnite above minimum controllable airspeed, enabling the average 80 yr old trike driver (like moi) to smoooothly re-attach. the ONLY occasion i see for the 'perfect' landing is due to the roll out area to be drastically reduced by a suddenly appearing sink hole, or a herd of effelumps grazing on the runway, or your brakes 'fall off', or, as demonstrated (un planned) in my 2006 arizona crash video with NO run-out possible, yeah ameliarating inertial damage by getting 'er down 'weally slowly, is good.  i prefer smooooth landings every time, (not dropping in and having your dentures fall out) , except for the exceptions......monty                   

Apr 14th

Spiral dive recovery resources for trike pilots to become adequately trained

By Paul Hamilton

Since spiral dives are responsible for a number of unnecessary trike  fatalities, it is important for the industry to provide avoidance and recovery techniques to avoid future mishaps.

The most important remedy is to get actual spiral dive/avoidance/recovery dual training from a qualified instructor. This can most easily be combined with a flight review or a training session with a trike CFI.

Additionally there are many ground training resources that each and every pilot and instructor can utilize to move pilots from the proper or improper rote actions to the correlation levels of learning.

These are listed below:

Video with editing where spiral recovery training saved two lives:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwwXw6y0cBA

Henry Trikelife raw flying footage of above video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnx2lXonopg

Spiral Recovery Ground School for Trikes Paul Hamilton raw ground footage of above video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGvLQI9lFmc

Exit a Spiral Dive by Larry Mednick video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgRVpw7TvrY

 

Spiral Dive in A.C. by Larry Mednick Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFwNN_PVeRE

Ground school paper book where Spiral Dive science/principles is discussed in detail chapter 5 Advanced Flight Maneuvers:

http://www.pilot-stores.com/weight-shift-control-aircraft-pilots-handbook-of-aeronautical-knowledge/

Ground school downloadable  eBook where Spiral Dive science/principles is discussed in detail chapter 5 Advanced Flight Maneuvers:

http://www.pilot-stores.com/weight-shift-control-aircraft-pilots-handbook-of-aeronautical-knowledge-ebook/

Trike Training Syllabus where Spiral Recovery is part of a comprehensive training program:

http://www.pilot-stores.com/sport-and-private-pilot-training-syllabus-trike/

Steep Turns and Spirals for Trikes where steep turn turbulence resulted in spiral with immediate corrective action

http://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=YrxsfescO0g

 

Please provide any additional training resources on this subject for trike pilots so we can have a complete listing here.

 

 

Thank you your help with this issue.

Apr 14th

Roll Trim Experience

By Drew Pawlak

This past Sunday evening I went up for the first flight of Spring in some nice calm weather. What was unique about this flight is it was my first flight after installing a Roll Trim Kit on my Revo.  Installation of the kit was fairly straight forward. The entire process took about 4 hours to install the wheel spat mechanism and dash switch. Up until this point, I was using a "stick on" ground adjustable trim tab which I never seemed to get positioned just right.

For those of you who have watched my videos and seen some of my commentary, getting the trike to fly hands off at all speeds has been a point of frustration. For those with adjustable speed trim - you will probably recognize the issue. After much trial and error with the manual trim tab, I was able to get my trike to fly mostly straight at a nice 75mph cruise. However, if I trimmed slower or faster a slight turn would be induced.

On this first flight, I gave the in flight adjustable trim kit a try and I am VERY HAPPY to report that I was able to take out any turning tendencies perfectly WHILE IN FLIGHT! Furthermore, as I adjusted trim speed, I was able to easily and immediately take out any induced turn with the roll trim. I had my Revo flying hands off, at multiple trim speeds, with no turning tendencies by using very little adjustments of the roll trim kit.  I found myself grinning ear to ear as I flew for long durations without having to touch the bar.  It was a joy to have a trike that flew straight as an arrow no matter the speed. 

For those flying in trikes with adjustable trim speeds or if you have any sort of mild but annoying turning tendencies, this is THE feature to get!  It can be frustrating and tiring when your trike just won't fly straight. After proper wing tuning and adjustments are made, this little device compensates for variations caused by weather, humidity and speed changes. It proved its worth training with Larry in Florida on his trikes and now will make all my flights in my trike that much more enjoyable.  As I continue to work towards my Sport Pilot goals and with some upcoming cross country flights to complete, this device will make those longer duration flights all that much more enjoyable, accurate and safe. I can't recommend it highly enough! It is without a doubt one of the best investments I have made in my short triking adventure.  A must have option on any future trikes I own and fly.

Safe Flying All!

Apr 12th

Spiral diving claims another victim

By Rizwan Bukhari

There is a lively discussion on www.alltrikes.com . Apparently an Airborne crashed killing the pilot and the passenger. This is a different Airborne than the one we heard about crashing recently.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/two-people-dead-in-light-plane-crash-in-nsw-northern-tablelands-20150412-1mj9eg.html

 

According to the dicussion on Alltrikes.com the pilot spiraled into the ground from 500 feet.

 

This is very tragic and sad. My condolences to the family and friends. I think, going forward spiral recovery should be made part of PTS manuvers.

 

Rizzy 

Apr 3rd

Blog picture test

By Paul Hamilton

photo

trying to add pictures to a blog but i paste the pictureURL in and no picture.

 

Any help?

tried a direct paste top and through the edit buttons 

Mar 31st

FAA Order 8130.2H Airworthiness Certification of Products and Articles

By Rizwan Bukhari

 

 

 

 

 

Airworthiness Certification of Products and Articles

 

http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgOrders.nsf/0/d10ce3d63a30600d86257e0d0074cdec/$FILE/8130.2H.pdf

 

 

Operations Limitations Job Aid,

http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgOrders.nsf/0/d10ce3d63a30600d86257e0d0074cdec/$FILE/8130.2H_Operations_Limitations_Job_Aid.pdf