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.

Regards,

 

Rizwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 12th

John Farmer died in a Trike crash

By Rizwan Bukhari

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20180226/authorities-id-pilot-killed-in-ultralight-crash-as-orlando-man

 

 

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 rizzywizzy@yahoo.com

 

Regards,

 

Riz

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Lishman

 

 

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Nov 27th

Skydat 2 cables

By tom speirs

does anyone know how I can get the cables etc have a screen but need everything else 

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.

 

Regards,

 

Rizzy

Oct 18th

Adding a sea - water rating to land pilot and CFI

By Paul Hamilton

 

One of my students just bought a Cygnet so I went to Hanging’ Over Havasu with Joe Lorenzen who trained me on water. Here are some of my perspectives on this experience. Adding water trike to land trike.

 

It is all about the water. You search around until you find the best water and land right into the wind. Looking seeing evaluating the water and wind ON THE WATER is a key factor.

 

Similar to land trikes, it is best to keep the bar out to take the load off the floats for takeoff and landing.

 

The waves were harder than I thought they would be. I thought they would be softer.

 

Taxing and getting into specific locations was much easier than I thought it would be. With the Cygnet, as you taxi, it does not turn very quick. When you put the wheels down it slows it right down and now you have an extra front steering rudder that makes taxing much more responsive.

 

Getting the wheels up and down takes quite allot of strength.

 

It is easy to forget wheels up or down so this checklist for landing is very important.

 

I was told that landing in the water with wheels down will flip the trike over but landing with the wheels up on land is less eventful, in fact just scraping up the bottom.

 

It is really fun learning a new skill and Joe Lorenzen did a great job.

 

Additionally, Leo Fitzgerald did both of my proficiency checks for pilot and CFI. We got to do spiral recovery in the Cygnet for both pilot and CFI.

 

 Thanks again Joe and Leo. Really proud of both of you who I did checkrides over 10 years ago. Keep up the great work.

 

 Any additional comments from experienced Sea trikers is helpful.

 

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

www.trikeflyer.com

 

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 info@trikeflyer.com

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

 

Regards,

 

Trikeflyer.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 9th

Another Trike Crash with two fatalities

By Rizwan Bukhari

 

http://fox6now.com/2017/08/09/boaters-kayakers-attempted-to-save-victims-of-ultralight-plane-crash-in-jefferson-county/

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Aircraft-crash-near-Fort-Atkinson-two-rescued-from--439385573.html

 

As reported

 

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say two people have died in the crash of an ultralight plane into a river in southern Wisconsin.

Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath said in a statement Wednesday the pilot, 51-year-old David Plambeck of Edgerton and his passenger 16-year-old Max Burlingame of Fort Atkinson died when the aircraft went down in the Rock River near Jefferson Tuesday night.

The ultralight had taken off from Fort Atkinson Airport just before it crashed about 8 p.m. The sheriff says the plane was nearly submerged when first responders arrived. Recreational boaters on the river helped emergency responders pull the two from the plane. They were pronounced dead by the Jefferson County medical examiner.

Federal aviation officials will investigate