Dec 8th

Another Fatal Trike Crash :(

By Rizwan Bukhari

Pilot was Matthew Wilson, does anyone know what caused the crash.

Pilot Killed in Ultralight Aircraft Crash

The ultralight crashed through a carport before striking multiple vehicles.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire

The ultralight crashed through a carport before striking multiple vehicles.

Originally published 11:15 a.m., December 6, 2016
Updated 3:37 p.m., December 7, 2016

The pilot of an ultralight motorized hang glider died in a Tuesday morning crash soon after taking off from the Santa Barbara Airport. The pilot has been identified as a 45-year-old male but his name has not been released.

According to County Fire spokesperson Capt. Dave Zaniboni, the glider went down in the parking lot of the Willow Springs apartment complex in Goleta, crashing through the roof of a carport and striking two vehicles. No one on the ground was hurt. The glider took off at 10:04 a.m. and the crash was reported at 10:09 a.m.

Zaniboni said emergency crews remain on the scene as the FAA conducts an investigation.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates as they become available.

[UPDATE] The pilot has been identified as Matthew Erwin Wilson of Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is investigating the cause and manner of his death.

Dec 4th

Mounting options for your Antennas

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


We have a nice discussion going on mounting Antennas on trike so I thought of organizing it a little bit with pictures to help anyone wanting ideas of mounting antenna to their trikes.


For my Airborne trike, I bought a flag/whip antenna mount from axis alloys and this is what it looks like, it's adjustable so can be adjusted for a horizontal, vertical or any angled roll bar.


Here is an idea posted by Doug used by Gregg Ludwig, looks pretty simple and clean




The part for the above mount is SS Tang from West Marine website


The next one in line is Todd's mount made by Neil Bungard of AirCreation, looks like a very clean set up.




And last but not least is Doug Boyle's mount on his old trike, I like the Strobe and the Antenna nicely and neatly organized together.




Here is an example on a Delta Lite Trike



 Sirio-Antenna-Moved to Landing-Gear (2)


Doug Boyle's DIY mount for your keel




Doug Boyle's mounting on the landing gear close up




If you have any close ups of your antenna mounts, please feel free to share. I think on this blog the best way to shareis copy and then press Ctrl V (you can't insert pics, unless if I don't know what I am doing :)





Nov 27th

prov. ' neither a lender or a borrower be '.

By monty stone

well, i was, and i did! while having an excellent memory, it doesn't last long, and i had forgotten when i loaned my trike to a 'many hour fixed wing pilot'. the recent tragedy involving a FWP, and his fatal flight with a borrowed trike jogged it. in 1994 i had taken my home-built trike to Alvord fly-in and a pilot, well known to me, very accomplished with most flying things asked to try my trike. he said he had flown trikes 'a bit', so, against my 'inner voice' ( the one that yells NO! NO! when i'm selecting a second cream-filled donut)     screaming NO! i let him. ( i was  Mr nice guy, then! ) well, the flight went ok, BUT, he was wearing HUGE, hob-nailed boots, with thick soles, and with no 'brake feel' had locked the front end on landing, did a 'stoppie', standing the trike on it's nose. the forks bent back, making the trike un-useable till i was able to repair it. no tragedy, fortunately, but it mean't a 1200 mile round trip wasted, for me, and re-inforced an obeyance to the above proverb. ( though if larry wants to lend me a REV, preferably yellow, for say, three or four years i might ammend this rule!)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  freezier ballsoff                                                                                                                                                                             ps. i keep hearing about 'naked trike flying. is this a new fad? i personally prefer a flying suit and gloves. am i missing out?  where would i keep my chewing gum? OH! i know..........                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Nov 25th

re-inventing the wheel, again. or the blog that never was!

By monty stone

us 'retirees', (euphemism for 'west-ward' bound!) have WAY too much time to muse on what-ifs, what could be-s or cood-a bins. anyway, i was 'musing' on the huge amount of 'Trikeology' there must be in this sites archives, but more or less inaccessable, without some kind of reference index. such as 'Rotax, wing info, training available, regs, how to, where to , why to, etc,etc.'newbies' that wish to learn or ' oldbies' who have forgot could then take advantage of the experience of others in the 'Trikeing world. i'm abyssmally ignorant about sites, (in addition, i'm told,about other things, too!) so have no idea whether  such an index exists, or could exist. other sites i use have such a provision listed as 'maintenence, repairs, data, etc, etc. therefore, re-inventing the wheel, or, the blog that never was...................                                                                                                                                                          ps. kinda like the road sign my wing-tip hit in mexico, i swear it read " ignore this sign". i did, but my wing-tip didn't.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  freezier ballsoff

Nov 23rd

Changing/Upgrading Engine on an Experimental

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


One of my friends is thinking about upgrading the engine on his trike from a Rotax 582 to a Rotax 912 trike. His current trike is an Aerotrike Cobra.

Can anyone tell me what is the paperwork requirement for such a major modification on a trike?

In such a scenario is the trike inspected again by a DAR and a new Airworthiness Certificate Issued? Or is it just updated on your registration?

Lastly, If the engine is purchased online then how do you verify that it is NOT a stolen engine. (And of course he is going to physically go and inspect the engine before paying for it).









Nov 17th

Epic New Trike Film Takes Flight!

By Hattie Archibald

MOTORKITE DREAMING is a new Australian feature documentary that follows two amateur daredevils as they fly microlights 4000kms north to south across the Australian outback.

It’s an epic journey on a scale that few have attempted before, across some of the most hostile desert on Earth; but the payoff is a spectacular birds-eye- view of Australia’s most remote and unseen treasures. This is Australia as you've never seen it before. 



The film premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in Australia before touring the country’s east coast to packed out cinemas and rave reviews.

Now, audiences outside Australia have the chance to view the film online or on DVD, with 25% off until November 30.

Meanwhile, audiences in Australia can receive a 3rd DVD with every 2 purchased as part of our Xmas special, with 10% going to support critical health services in remote Australia. 


“It’s brilliant. Four stars.”  – Richard Wilkins, TODAY show Channel 9

“A thrilling ride along the songlines of the central desert and the fault lines of the human heart.” –

“A documentary like no other” – Glenn Dunks, The Big Issue



The documentary follows amateur adventurers Daryl Clarke and Aidan Glasby in the air, while on the ground fiancées’ Elsie Clarke and Lexi Keneally take big risks driving the fuel supplies needed for such a crazy adventure. Crossing 4 deserts, the intrepid couples must navigate extreme conditions, crocodile-infested swamps, and their own fears.

Led by two Aboriginal guides, the flying circus heads deep into the spiritual heartland of Australia. Soaring over this remarkable land allows them to connect with traditional owners who carry a culture tens of thousands of years old.

Whether the adventurers are swooping low over Lake Eyre, or across the Great Sandy Desert, this film offers a perspective on Australia few can ever hope to see in their lifetime.


“Flying a microlight is like a symbol of freedom. It’s like driving a dirt bike in the sky. It’s bliss. It’s just sensational. As your wheels come off the ground there’s this incredible freedom and lightness, it feels like the world’s yours. You feel alive. It’s magic and you’re sort of dancing with the wind. It’s a hard thing to describe, but it’s just magic.” Aidan Glasby, pilot 



Nov 14th

Important information to Students and CFI's for the new Student Pilot to Solo

By Paul Hamilton

We have had a big problem here for students trying to solo for airplanes and trikes. This is important information to help CFI's and Student pilots I just added to my web site. Please pass this on......

Notes on how, when and why to apply for a student pilot certificate:

  • A new process was enacted by FAA under the direction of TSA to apply for a student pilot certificate starting early 2016. There is now NO immediate issuance of the student pilot certificate as there was in the past before early 2016. This has caused some big hassles/delays for student pilots to solo.
  • Now, the applicant goes through a background check with TSA before the FAA can issue a student pilot certificate. This student pilot certificate is the same for Sport/Private. No difference. Same student certificate for sport, private, airplane, weight-shift control trike, PPC, gyrocopter, etc …….
  • Once it is submitted to FAA via IARCA it takes about 3 weeks for the green plastic student pilot certificate to arrive in the mail to the applicant after the student pilot certificate has been applied for. Takes longer if you use paper. If a student does not have a US pilots certificate, they need this student pilot certificate to solo.
  • If the student is participating in an accelerated course, solo could be one to two weeks after the student starts flight training. Therefore, it is important for the student pilot certificate be applied for AT LEAST 3 weeks before solo is anticipated.

Guidance for student pilot certificate application:

  • Student/applicant go to the FAA IACRA web site and set up account
    • Top right – click register
    • Top – click Applicant box
    • Read terms of service – click agree at bottom and you will come to the IACRA User Profile Information screen.
    • If you do not have any FAA certificate (which you probably do not), skip the top section asking for pilot certificate number and start filling out your information.
    • Under SSN click “Do Not Use”
    • Create your user name and password. Mark these down in an important place – click register. Now you have registered with the FAA which will be your pilot certification account for your complete flying career.
  • After you have registered, you must log in and apply for a “pilot certificate”.
    • Choose student
    • You will receive an FTN number. Again, write this important number down in an important place with your user name and password.
  • Get your student pilot application approved and submitted
    • Once you have applied for the student pilot certificate you need to see some sort of FAA official to get your application approved. This can be the local CFI (FAA flight instructor) at any local flight school. They do not have to be sport pilot specific, they do the same for private pilots. There is no difference. ANY CFI/Flight Instructor can do this for you. There may be a fee for this service.
    • You can also use the local FAA FSDO office and they will do it for free. Some FAA FSDO offices may be more willing to take the time to do this than others depending on their work load. See to locate your nearest FSDO office.
  • Once this has been submitted by the approving FAA representative, a green plastic student pilot card/certificate will come to in the mail in about 3 weeks unless there is some sort of problem which you should be notified.



For further information on getting started see:


Nov 14th

Which fuel lines to use with Rotax 912

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


I was inspecting my fuel lines and found some hairline cracks and also found the coolant line that goes to the carb heating by the carbuerator with a small crack with some coolant drops leaking from there.

So one thing is for sure it is time to replace the fuel and coolants lines. The lines on my Airborne XT are NOT the clear ones. They are 1/4 inch fuel hose (black color). I found something similar to them on Aircraft Spruce and also Amazon


I checked on Aircraft Spruce and they sell




Then I see this one on amazon with marginally better specs


HBD Thermoid Premium R7 Fuel Line 1/4" X 25' Roll 25062 (SAE30R7)


1) So I am just a little bit lost. In the manual it says max allowable Oil pressure is 102 psi and I believe I read max fuel pressure is 20 psi. Which fuel line would be better?


2) Airborne also has a little spiral ring on some of the fuel lines, does anyone know the purpose there (my guess is it protects against heat. Does anyone know where to get that material? Or is there a substitute that could be used instead of that material?


3) What is the prime difference between non clear Fuel hose lines and clear Silicon fuel lines and for this engine can you use Silicon fuel lines at all?


Thanks for your help.









Nov 1st


By monty stone

    i hear that TESLA is considering building a 'self- flying' trike for 'transitioning' pilots who don't get 'push right-go left, and 'push the other way and go the 'other left', ( or is it the other way?) i don't get it! ( the trike instructors' union, T.O.W.D. short for 'the other way, dummy!) is bitterly opposed to TESLA'S plan and is considering sending a protest e-mail, via Hillary's server. this is only a rumor!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            freezier ballzoff                                                                                                                                                                                   ps, T.O.W.D. not to be confused with T.O.A.D. which is ' trike owners are discriminating!

Oct 24th

Selfie’s While Flying… Best Camera Placement

By Paul Miller

Hello again. After looking at some amazing videos produced by the legionary Henry Imagawa and the video I had a thought!  Is there value to having an installed video camera(s) while flying and where the placement of those camera(s) might lead to the best review for learning?

I must assume the cost of such cameras are expensive, but with proper placement maybe it would only take one or maybe two to capture events where playback and review would help a lot.