Mar 16th

Should Trike wings have ratings just like PPG wings?

By Rizwan Bukhari


Hi all,

While we discuss the reason behind John Farmer's accident. Tony brought up a point that I have also discussed in the past. And I would like to know your opinion on that.

As you all may know that Paragliding and Powered Paragliding wings have ratings. And despite the fact that as far FAA is concerned sports like Powered Paragliding are under FAR 103 rules, so their is no license required. 

However because the wings have ratings, it helps a new comer and even experienced pilot to make the wing purchase decision.

How do you as pilots feel about a wing rating system? 

Is it practical?

Do you think it will help Trike pilots?

What challenges do you see in implementing such a system?

Some while ago we had a blog discussing if Spiral recovery should be part of Practice Standard Maneuvers and with Trike pilots' input we were able to make Spiral Recovery a part of Practical Standard Maneuvers.

My hope with this blog is to see if we could reach a consensus on this topic. So we could do take a practical measure and hopefuly no more lives are lost.

















Mar 12th

John Farmer died in a Trike crash

By Rizwan Bukhari



EUSTIS – Authorities on Monday identified the pilot of an ultralight that crashed while approaching Eustis Airport Sunday morning.

According to a report released Monday, a witness said John Farmer of Orlando had been doing touch-and-go’s on the airport runway with his red and white Trike ultralight just after 8 a.m. Sunday and then flew south away from the air strip. The witness said Farmer made a final approach back to the airport but crashed beyond the tree line.

The witness, Russell Smith, rushed to the scene and found the plane overturned on top of Farmer. He and a worshiper from a nearby church lifted the plane off him.

Smith said he cut the pilot out of his harness and began doing CPR. A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene and said it was clear Farmer was dead. Farmer was 47.

“I’ve been through a few of these before,” Smith said. “I knew he was right but I’m trained to do CPR until paramedics get on the scene.”

The Federal Aviation Administration, which was called in to investigate, has identified the plane as a XT-912 Tundra Arrow Ultralight .


Smith said while he didn’t see the crash, he never heard the engine cut out. He speculated that the aircraft stalled, meaning that the fabric wings weren’t getting enough lift even if the engine was still running. That can happen with any aircraft, he said, but with an ultralight flying so low to the ground, there is little time to recover from a stall and the result can be fatal.

“If you don’t have lift and gravity is pulling you down, then you’re basically going 150 miles an hour into the ground,” he said.

Smith also said the drafts can be tricky around that airport, especially around the tree line.




Feb 19th

Private Pilot License in Trike Flying

By Rizwan Bukhari


Hi all,


I am curious about the benefits of doing a Private Pilot License for Weight Shift Control flying.

It seems, it gives you the priviledges of Private Pilot License, such as flying at night (with proper training and endorsements), flying above 10,000 feet, flying in Class B, flying out of the country etc.

I guess my question is this a goal worth pursuing? What if the purpose was to just increase your knowledge only? What are the pros and cons of PPL -WSC? How many of you have done your Private Pilot with weight shift control and would you recommend others to do that?


You could inbox me or email at





Dec 31st

Father Goose Bill Lishman passed away

By Rizwan Bukhari


Most of us have seen the movie "Fly Away Home". That movie is based on Bill Lishman and his revolutionary work with helping birds migrate using Ultralight airplanes.


Bill Lishman passed away Dec 30th, 2017. May he rest in peace.



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Nov 24th

Flying in Turbulence and Thermal activity

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,

I hope I am NOT the only one here who is not entirely comfortable flying in Turbulence and Thermal activity. (despite the fact that I have been flying for a little while now).

Few weeks ago, I was flying with an experienced (Trike pilot friend) and he noticed that flying through the Turbulence, I was pulling the bar in so he said to me, just let the wing fly where it wants to fly (trim speed) and just correct when the pitch and bank is significant. And so I did and realized that I have been doing this incorrectly for the most part. By pulling the bar in and holding it with a white knuckled grip, I maybe guilty of transferring a lot of bad energy through the Trike carriage.

I am not ashamed to admit that I may have developed some bad habits, so some advanced training is needed.

But I am curious to find out that how do you fly through Turbulence and Thermal activity. And how exactly have you improved your handling of Turbulence and Thermal activity. What is the best way to expand one's knowledge and getting comfortable flying in turbulent conditions? What are some of the techniques that you think are good for flying in rough conditions?


Thanks all,




Nov 12th

Winterizing the Four Stroke 912

By Rizwan Bukhari


Hi all,


I bought my Four Stroke 912 trike about a year ago and now that the winter is approaching. I was wondering how do you Winterize your Rotax 912 engines?


In the past winters, I have had a habit of starting my trike once every two to three weeks during the winter time.


But if I don't plan on starting it for a few months, what precautions and Winterization process should I adopt.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.





Nov 10th

Introduction to Trike Flying

By Rizwan Bukhari

I found this vintage video about introduction to Trike Flying. Thought you might enjoy it :)


Oct 21st

Speed range in Strut wings vs Cable braced wing

By Rizwan Bukhari


Hi all,


Most strut wing manufacturers always highlight the wide speed range in their wing advertising.


I am trying to figure out that what makes a Strut wing have a wide speed range. Would a strut wings offer a wider speed range than a similar sized and shaped cable braced wing?


And if that is the case then what makes a Strut wing have the wider speed range.


Any help in understanding this concept would be greatly appreciated.





Sep 12th

Active Hang Block

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


I have a question. On the Northwing website, they sell active Hang Blocks (pictured below). I don't know anything about them, other than that the A frame attaches directly to the Hang Block.


According to Northwing,

"The new Active Hang Block provides even more positive stability in rough air, requiring less control-input from the pilot, and also gives lighter handling pressures while initiating turns".

Does it really make a lot of difference. If anyone is using them then I would like to hear your comments and views about it.






North Wing - Active Hang Block improves handling even more!

Aug 30th

New Aeros Dealership located in Idaho

By Rizwan Bukhari


Hi all,


I want to let all of you know that we just recently got the dealership for Aeros Trikes and Wings. We are located in Boise, Idaho and operate out of Caldwell, ID airport.

Aeros makes some of the best trikes and wings. They manufacture Profi TL wing and Ant trike.


Please check our website


Feel free to browse the website, your helpful suggestions and comments are always welcome.


We are really excited about this opportunity. And would love to get you your next Aeros Trike or Wing. We will be getting our first Profi TL wing pictured below and we are very excited about it.


We will also help you in learning how to fly trikes by either assisting you getting qualified CFIs near you or here in Idaho.


You can email us at

or call us at 208-985-9895 for any questions or a quote.