Sep 1st

AIRBORNE XT-582 SLSA FOR SALE

By Todd Halver
AIRBORNE XT-582 SLSA • $21,750 • DON'T MISS OUT • Look no further for your first or next trike! This 2008 Airborne XT-582 with Cruze wing has been meticulously maintained (335 total hours) and is certified for flight training. N569DL is powered by a Rotax 582 (recently overhauled by Aircore Aviation). Aircraft is equipped with oil injection, intake silencer, Micro Air VHF radio, strobe, SkyDat GX2 EFIS, and BRS (new 9/14). Enjoy NEW Flycom intercom, radio interface and two helmets ($1,200 value) for comfort and performance. This is a value-priced quality aircraft that you can be confident in flying both locally and cross country. Contact Todd Halver - PAPA TANGO AVIATION, located WinstonSalem, NC USA • Telephone: 336 558-6800.
 
 
 
Jul 9th

Rotax 912ULS New engine sale scam

By Abid Farooqui

Hi All:
I wanted to warn everyone not to fall for a scammer advertising a brand new in crate Rotax 912ULS engine with serial number 6785467
In fact if you find this engine listed for sale, inform the website that this engine is being sold by a scammer. Absolutely under no circumstances wire this person a deposit. You will never see your money back. This is a Nigerian scammer who takes pictures from other people of various ads and then after they have sold the engine or other items, advertises them under aliases and takes you for all you got. He gets all the pictures, details from the original legitimate poster so it seems really legit. He even supplies photos of brand new logbook and Rotax documentation. He also advertises some other avionics. They are all scams.

I unfortunately fell victim to his 912ULS scam on June 24, 2016.
I wired him a deposit. Yes pretty silly of me.

But once I realized it was a scam, I told him I will track him down and his best bet is to return my money and I did track him down, no thanks at all to Police or FBI, who basically told me that I will never see my money again and they can't really do anything. Bank Of America where this account was could not give any information due to privacy laws. 
I had to figure all of it out on my own and this guy has an extremely low public records or web records footprint but I found him and then found his family in Nigeria who have no clue what he is doing in the US and through them shamed him into getting my money back. I was a security analyst in my past life for one of the largest databases in the world and if it was someone else, they probably would have no chance of tracking this guy down. He lives in Dallas currently but moves every few months. Uses VOIP unlisted numbers and proxy servers so his IP address cannot be tracked. This was likely the first time he has been tracked down.
Save yourself and your friends this hassle.

May 6th

Revo 12.5 on a airborne 912XT

By Jim Ross

i know there's been dozens of chats on this subject but I like to know anyone who has put a Revo 12.5 meter wing on a airborne 912, I've had a arrow which I did not like at all, so I bought a new ArrowK that's with King post which is a really nice wing but I could really tell the glide really declined, so I went back to the Streak 3 which I love, I know then I should just keep it on, bad thing is I've got to lower my wing everytime and I also use the tall winter windshield which I have to remove, anyway I know there's a couple guys around Zephyrhills that went to the Revo wing on there XT912 just appreciate any input on the difference between the two,, thanks for any information Jim

Apr 12th

Flying the Polini Powered ANT with Fox TL 13 wing

By Abid Farooqui

Just flew the ANT trike with Polini Thor 250 (36 HP) engine and Helice 3 blade propeller. The engine's red line is supposed to be at 7800 and I could get there. I think a little larger prop may be more appropriate because I should see 7500 to 7600 without diving.

The wing is a single surface strutted wing that can fold right on the trike quickly and put in a hanger taking up hardly any space (almost as good as a gyroplane), allowing multiple people to share a hanger.

It takes about 0.5 hours to setup the trike and wing otherwise and may be less with practice.

The trike concept is to be able to carry the trike in any 5 seat passenger sedan or SUV with the wing carried on the roof rack. The trike has backup rescue parachute system powered by compressed air in case of an emergency. Struts have backup cables inside as well. The trike with this wing and rescue parachute weighs a little over 225 pounds empty.

The trike even with this wing flies at 37 mph or so but it can reach 55 to 60 mph and fly there pulling in a little and with a little more power. Climb rate is plenty and I never felt the need to go to 7800 RPM. I usually felt climbing at 7000 RPM was plenty.

I carved a few turns at 45 degree bank angles and then a couple of 360's going up to about 60 degree bank. At high power setting I can feel the torque effect a bit and it could benefit from a little offset in thrust line to the right. 

Winds were almost completely crosswind at about 6 mph sometimes gusting to 8. Takeoff and landings were not difficult to do in crosswind and gusts were easily handled. 

I found the shoulder harness useless for a skinny guy like me. They are obviously made for someone with a bit more stomach than me and if I tightened them I would not be able to reach the nose strut so I kept the shoulder harness loose.

Seat is comfortable, light and stylish. Foot pedals are ergonomic and brake is only on the front wheel and strong. I was warned not to apply hard braking right after touchdown and allow the trike to slow down using the wing. The engine has a clutch so as soon as you come off power there is no thrust forward and trike on the ground slows down quite quickly. I did not feel brake was too strong, it was just as it should be.

I did not fly in dead calm conditions but in wind changing slight direction and in crosswind (light 6 to 8 mph). There seem to be no issue handling that for me in this little ANT. For lighter guys like me and near sea level, the Corsair powered 25 HP engine model which is priced $2000 lower at $14500 may be just fine.

Fun.

Mar 5th

Aeros and Antares to display with SilverLight Aviation at Sun N Fun 2016

By Abid Farooqui

Hi All:

Aeros from Ukraine and Sergey Zozulya of Antares will be displaying with SilverLight Aviation at Sun N Fun.

Aeros nano soaring trike called ANT will be available for sale. It ranges in price from $13000 to $16500 if you are interested.

SilverLight Aviation will be assembling all Antares trikes for the US market and will hold the design and production SLSA processes for the US market. Come see two of the upcoming SLSA models of Antares. These are rugged trikes with a lot of history and their production is coming back to the US.

Mar 5th

Sun N Fun 2016 discounts during the show from SilverLight Aviation

By Abid Farooqui

Hi All:

SilverLight Aviation will be at Sun N Fun 2016 airshow.

We will have a red trike available for purchase. It has 80 hours with all the goodies and available for $60,000.00

Furthermore, any one who places a $5000 non-refundable deposit on a Delta Jet-II during the airshow (not later) will get $4000 discount. This offer is for people who get the check over during the airshow. So if you have been waiting on the sidelines, this is the time you place the order. Do not expect this offer to remain valid afterwards. You can place the order with a check mailed to us, money wired to us or with one of our dealers. SLSA 912 80 HP Delta Jet 2 LITE starts at $44k SLSA

 e-mail for further info: info@silverlightaviation.com

 

1) Frank Dempsey (New Mexico) 

http://www.newmexicotrikes.com/

 

2) Scott Johnson (Washington, Pacific Northwest)

http://usairborne.com/

 

3) Paul Hamilton (Nevada)

http://sportaviationcenter.com/

 

4) Gregg Ludwig (Houston Tx) - Gregg I hope will be our dealer :)

e-mail: gregg.ludwig.cfi@gmail.com

 

5) SilverLight Aviation (Manufacturer, East)

http://www.deltajet2.com/

e-mail: info@silverlightaviation.com

 

Even if you are not ready right away to pay rest of the first deposit, this secures your discount for up to one year and lock in the price. Your deposit will go into an escrow account till your full first payment is in and your order production begins in our workshop.

Feb 4th

An Epic day part 2. Heather shows up to get her hours for private pilot .

By Paul Hamilton

Some background. Heather Davis from Petaluma CA is an incredibly talented pilot. She started out hang gliding and has evolved to triking. Besides flying in the USA, she has flown trikes in Europe.  Starting out with a hang glider pilot background, I feel, is better than starting out with a GA airplane background for transitioning to trikes.  

 

Heather contacted me and wants to get her private pilot trike. Her first training session we went onto Reno Class C airspace for the airspace endorsement, did the spiral recovery, full power stalls, nasty air  cross wind landings (not by choice).  I may as well go to sleep in the back. Heather had this all figured out. We burned off some productive hours and our first flight she got her Towered Airspace endorsement. Bad weather for a month or so.

 

She calls back and wants to "get more hours" for the private. My confidence as a CFI is incredibly high with Heather so how do I challenge her to  make this "get more hours"  productive?

 

The first DAY she came was epic for this. CLOUDS. Perfect for flying in the high Sierra's with decisions on how to fly in the mountains and deal with clouds.  

 

 

Story will be in the pictures. Enjoy

Jan 30th

An Epic Day Flying Trikes Part 1 First Flight

By Paul Hamilton

The story starts at the Reno Air Races September 2015. Two beautiful woman approach the booth and ask about this Revo trike and become very enthusiastic about flying. Visiting nurses. No solid reservations. They will call. Yea. 

 

Surprisingly I get a call about the visiting nurses who want to go up. We book. First attempt we schedule, and it looks good but when they show up it is cranking out of the south not predicted. I have to send them home. Disappointment for all.

 

The second attempt I was able to predict to call it off the night before and nobody drive down because  a strong storm was coming through. Even then it was canceled they were unhappy since it was there on day off together and they had to scrap it.

 

Third attempt. Everything looked OK, winds 20 to 26 at 9000 so it is flyable. Nice inversion below 7000. We get there and it is completely calm at the airport  and the mountain top measured winds at 10,000 MSL were 30 gusting to 45. Typically I call it off at 30 to 35 knots at 10,000 measured. I had to call it off when it was calm on the ground. Hard to do. They were almost insistent on going up and a agreed but said it would be nasty. Disappointment for the third time. First time I have ever had to cancel someone three times.

 

They decided to book separately now since their schedules were hard to coordinate.  Well finally, the winds looked calm but there was fog and low lying clouds. We took off not knowing whether we could even make it to Tahoe. Looked like a nice passage under the clouds but anything could change.

 

Got through and climbed up and got above the clouds.

 

Yea. Sunshine. Clouds and mission 1 accomplished by getting to Tahoe.

 

Now to get down through the higher layer and the lower layer.

 

Looks good.

 

We descended on down and was able to scoot under the lower layer and skin the dry lake bed.

 

Her comments I will remember "this is like being in Heaven" and "Now I know why you do this. The best thing I have ever done"

 

 

We finished at 9:30 and I have the lovely and talented Heather Davis from Petaluma scheduled to fly the rest of the day.

Jan 27th

the life of thread ? (not brian!)

By monty stone

i have two wings, the original 12m chronos , 1993, and a 15m northwing maverik, appx 200hrs. i,m flying the maverik on my cosmos echo  here in arizona, where i winter ( ain,t i a lucky bastard!). i have to tie it down here in the desert , my home-made wing covers (made from some $1 per yard cotten, ) over the wings. i hang empty plastic milk jugs all arround the edges to keep the covers on. i used to put water in 'em but with the covers frequently wet with dew the extra weight wasn't needed. (till the wind blows!). even though the material is soft it still seems to abrade the stitches (aided by the dust). some of which show fraying. i paint the leading edges of both wings black and yellow, plus the two outer wing panels, partly for visability, partly 'cos yellow is the fastest color! the paint stiffens the maverik leading edge panel and it SEEMS to climb better, that could be the yellow too! i use water based latex which dries very quickly, covers well ,sticks like shit to a blanket, and adds very little weight, 1 pint only. sometime ago i built a 'bettsywhanger wing rippa' (i posted pics here), and tested my 'test panels' stitched to the rear of the wing. couldn't rip it, but i lack the 'gonadia' to try it on my stitches! (especially the 'wounded' ones). i don't have any parameters to  compare it to. i'm sure the 'purists' out there will castigate any moron that would fly with 'frayed' anything, and maybe i'm overplaying the 'wear and tear' on the stitches. i do look at the 'worn ones', as well as 'kicking the tires before 'most' attempts to aviate, and not much change is apparent to the fraying. i'll stick my scrawney neck out and ask " why not paint the UV damage - prone top surface when new with some kind of protective 'paint' that would delay the UV onslaught? the weight would be significant, but on a 100# wing wouldn't be a dealbreaker, though the passenger seat warmer might have to go! i'm thinking more of single surface 'dacron' not the 'high budget' fast wings out there, obviously they 'ain't covered with 'bed-sheet' cloth! my 12m chronos, although celibrating its 23rd birthday is still 'stiffer than a wedding dick', and when i tried my 'wing-rippa on it all that happened was the needle hole stretched a bit, no ripping. i believe it is 'trilem' or something like that, i think it's used to make french chastity belts .i haven't, (and won't ) tried to rip the stitching after all what would i achieve with out 'factory' figures to compare to. i have no idea what wing stitch material is, it well could be cat-gut for all i know! if any one out there in trike-land, oops! flex-wing-dom, has tried painting his wing, results? replacement ain't gonna happen, i'll run what i brung, (unless theres an abandoned revo, (low hours) out there somewhere! (preferably yellow). hugs and farts, monty (not python!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 21st

My first engine out

By Maarten Lobker

My first flight of 2016 turned out to be much like the stock market - going down quickly for no apparent reason.

I am flying a 2006 Northwing Apache ST (currently branded as a NW Navajo) with a Rotax 582. Only 231 hours total time, well cared for. However, as eluted in the title, I had my first engine out a few weeks ago.  I'm sharing this story because I learned a lot in the process and it reminded me that even the most trusted engines can fail.

It started with a non-eventful 20 minutes flight from a drylake to KBVU. After a short pause at the FBO, I restarted and took off again. At 200' above midfield my engine seized without warning. I had enough runway to put it down safely (thanks Leo Fitzgerald for training me well). Once on the ground I was able to restart and put it on a quiet taxiway to do some tests. Fuel, mags, temperatures, high RPM, etc... all looked good. So I gave it another try. Unfurtunately, just over 200' it seized again. This time I was prepared. Once on the ground it would not restart.

Back in the garage I took the entire fuel supply apart and checked & cleaned the usual suspects. Fuel pump, filters, carburators, spark plugs, etc... all good. I replaced the fuel pump anyway. After all that, the engine ran again, so I decided to give it another try. This time I had help (thanks Lauren Attaway) and we opted to test on the dry lake. Unfortunately, same story all over. I felt like an early aviation pioneer, barely reaching 50'. The engine was completely locked up this time.

Time for an overhaul.
A quick visual inspection showed scratches on the rotary valve, so we sent it to a repair shop (Thanks Glen for transport help). Once in the hands of a  licensed Rotax mechanic, I got the call that this was one of the worst cases he had ever seen. Failed crankshaft bearing, damaged piston, damaged engine casing, and metal shavings that went through the rotary valve.

While the cause of all this remains unclear, there are a few things that may have contributed:

1.  I bought this trike used with only 145 hours, but it had been stored for more than 2 years without use. I learned that low hours on an older trike does not mean everything is ok. Sitting still for too long is bad. 

2. I pre-mix my fuel with high-grade Amsoil. However, the oil pump was still installed on the engine, basically running without functioning.

3. I used the same fuel after my trike sat for 4 months this summer. I know, that's a no no. Won't do it again.

Lessons to be learned. I'm sharing all this, hoping it will help others. If someone has another idea of what might have caused it, feel free to contribute.

I'm happy to report that I got myself a brand new engine yesterday (thanks Steve Beatty). Leo F. helped me install and test it. Runs like new :-)