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If you have been thinking on upgrading to the world class P&M trike, regardless of the model you choose, do not wait! place your order with a deposit to lock the price and have your trike ready to fly by end of Spring!
P&M trikes hold their value well, and having the opportunity to purchase a 2015 trike at 2014 prices, and with an exchange rate the lowest in 11 years it guarantee your investment will hold its value or better.
Call or email. Tony C. P&M USA / pmaviationusa
Antares USA and SilverLight Aviation have decided to cooperate in design and construction of their models and Antares will start sharing an assembly facility with SilverLight Aviation. SilverLight Aviation will help Antares certify new trike models and distribute certified and compliant models in the market. This cooperation will be beneficial to both companies and consumers as the venerable Antares trike designs will once again become available for the US market. Antares has roughly 200 trikes flying in the US market (pre-SLSA) and about a thousand around the world. Sergey Zozulya of Antares will join SilverLight Aviation in Florida.
Find the time to cherish things you love and find the time to fly, safely.
I flew Todd Halver's trike whcih he has left at Zephyrhills with me to take to Sebring Expo (Jan 14-17). The flights were short because unknown to Todd the trike has a left turn in it which was being hidden mostly but not completely by his cameras he had installed at different spots. It was fun though going 2-up and getting 1250 FPM easily and getting 98 mph fast cruise at 5050 RPM.
One of the best advantages of this weather is you get to get real test data at standard conditions which is nearly impossible to do in the summer in FL and there is no reliable modeling available specially for trikes to get that data transposed.
This is the time, pilots in Florida can get 55 to 60 degrees, load their trikes up to near full gross weight and test takeoff distance, climb rate etc. for publishing. Get out there and get it done.
We hope to see some of you at Sebring Expo Jan 14-17 at booth 401. We will have 2 trikes, 2 gyroplanes and possibly one airplane there
If you were flying cross country from KCXP to KCNO how would you get there as safely and efficiently as possible flying with the wind conditions now taking off Tuesday morning? What route would you take? When would you take off? When would you get there? Where would you stop for fuel based on fuel use and tank capacity? Great exercise for discussion.
To start, every airspeed indicator is off. That's why airplanes go from indicated to calibrated. It is only how much it is off.
Another factor is the difference between indicated and true. As density altitude increases, you go faster through the air than your indicated air speed reads. About 2% per 1000 feet. Less air molicules to create the pressure. So at 5000 feet density altitude you indicated would read 70 MPH but your true airspeed would be ( 2% times 5) 10 % higher or 77 MPH. Note your flight computer will give you 76 but pretty darn close. You stall at the same indicated airspeed at all altitudes.
Yes with the static port on most trikes in back of the dashboard/instrument, the static pressure lowers and the airspeed will read higher. To install a static port is not simple. It has to be put in the exact location or it can make things worse.
A simple calibration can be done with a GPS.
First determine a speed to calibrate at. Let's use 70 MPH indicated. Convert this to true airspeed at what ever altitude you want. At sea level standard conditions true and indicated should be the same. We will use 5000 density altitude so the true airspeed will be 77 MPH. Now since this is your true airspeed, that should match your ground speed in calm air. As simple as that. During your test do a circle at the same indicated airspeed to test for calm air. If your indicated stays the same and your ground stays the same, you have calm air. If there is any wind, you average your maximum and minimum speeds during your circle to get the ground speed number to calibrate to.
If the GPS ground speed is different than the true airspeed, you adjust/calibrate your indicated until your true and ground speed match. Again, at sea level standard conditions true and indicated should be the same.
I had to drop my indicated by 5% to get my true airspeed to match my GPS speed. On my Enigma, there is an indicated airspeed calibration in set up where you can do this so you are always reading an accurate indicated air speed. On the enigma it also has the calculated true airspeed so it is easy to look at the difference between true airspeed and GPS speed for accurate wind direction and speed while flying.
There is a simple and accurate way to calibrate your airspeed in trikes.
His flight route can be seen here
He is averaging 97 mph (hardly any headwind or tailwind according to him till right now) and is nearing Live Oak, FL (Peter Wallace) 24J.
You can see him on the SPOT here
I already fly with an electric heated jacket liner and gloves but before I spent the money on the heated boot liners, I decided to try blocking off the nose duct to see what would happen. Here is what I did.
1. I removed the CNC machined nose grill from my Revo with the intention of blocking the port. 5/32" Hex wrench and small adjustable wrench.
2. I had a used piece of neoprene from an old helmet visor that I cut just larger than the nose grill. If you don't have neoprene just go to your local Wally world or electronics store and buy a cheap rubber and cloth faced mouse pad for $1.99. Just make sure it is the thin type - about 1/8" thick max.
3. I attached it to the front of the grill with a few sqares of double sided foam tape. I then mounted the grill back into place.
This blocks the airflow through the nose and now my feet stay warm and comfortable. So far I've flown in temps down to 25*F and all is well.
In my opinion, this looks better than foam or duct tape and is easy to reverse when the weather warms.
Here are a few pictures that show the finished product.