Dec 11th

'it's a little airyplane'

By monty stone

i frequently trailer my trike, and often, inquisitive earthlings ask 'what is it'?  well, trike don,t cut it. their little kiddie has a trike, and it don't fly!  using fed-speak 'flex-wing' only makes it seem dangerous! so, i usually tell 'em 'it's a little airyplane', which seems to satisfy the average proleteriat, but one little snot-nosed pre-adolescent asked 'who flyes it for you? obviously his part-formed logic-center (centre to my anglo buds)  couldn't equate how a pot-belly, bald, funny-talking octogenerian could possibly master this fearsome array of tubes and wires, when i admitted " i do" he walked away muttering 'lying old coot! another time when i was busy 'fettling' my trike a feminine  voice behind me said  "it's bigger than i expected". well! it's been a LONG time, if ever, that i,ve heard similar words! the voice belonged to a little old lady out walking her dog, which had not stuffed its snout into my crotch, nor had 'it' tried to hump my leg, so i didn't know she was there. she lived locally and said she enjoyed watching me fly my 'little airyplane' and that it 'looked like fun'. i agreed, it was fun 'flying my little airyplane'.. ps. for the non-anglophiles 'fettling' refers to tightening the swathes of baleing wire seemingly applied to those parts most likely to fall off, also wrapping another layer of duct-tape to any weather ravedged tape already applied to cover something we would rather not see any more, etc.  pps. some years ago  we 'trike drivers' had a lively discussion as to what it is that we fly. hardly anyone suggested 'flex-wing', but that's what we're stuck with. so be it.  but i still like to think i fly 'a little airyplane' it's more fun that way.  ppps i remember when SEX was fun and FLYING was dangerous! but, now.....                       monty

Dec 7th

Any Trike Pilots that also fly PPGs Powered Paragliders

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi,

Is there any pilots on this forum that also fly PPGs? I have been thinking about exploring PPG flying in 2015.

I have done some research on it, my biggest fear like most new pilots would be the wing collapsing. Personally, I think this can be a great form of aviation. My inspiration to explore this field came from reading the book, "Running into the sky by Chris Wolf".

If there is anyone who was/is a PPG  pilot then I would like to hear your story and experiences and recommendations.

Regards,

Rizzy

Oct 12th

Books or movies on trike flying

By Rizwan Bukhari
Hi all,

I just got done with my final Securities exam, so now I have a lot of free time to read.

I would like to know if there is any book or videos that you can recommend, related to flying and flying adventures, they don't necessarily have to be about trike flying but any kind of flying related interesting book or video that you enjoyed or it inspired you.

I would appreciate your recommendations.

Regards,

Rizzy
Sep 30th

New Delta Jet 2 Performs!

By Todd Halver

We have had many inquiries on the performance of the NEW Delta Jet 2 with the Cheval 12.4M wing.  I thought I would give some real life results from a recent flight.

This DJ2 is equipped with a Rotax 912ULS 100hp and the tundra tire option and has a useful load of 540 lbs. This flight was one up with me at 240lbs, full fuel (14 gallons), density altitude 1,700, temperature 24, dew point 20.  Keep in mind that Delta Jet 2 has a proper static port to report airspeed that is much more accurate than some set-ups.  This DJ2 is equipped with the new Sterna three blade composite propeller.

  • Take off with trim in full slow position delivered 1150 fpm climb at 63 mph turning 5325 rpm
  • With the DJ2 trimmed for full fast and turning 5640 rpms my level cruise speed was 102 mph
  • At full fast trim and bar pulled into my gut speed topped 112 mph at 5700 rpm
  • When set at full slow cruise I was able to settle in at 65-67 mph
  • Trimmed for medium cruise speed delivered 82 mph at 4650 rpm
  • Powering up to 5,000 rpm put my cruise at 89 mph

The Cheval 12.4 is a light in roll and great tracking wing.  We use lexan winglets and in testing I found I gained 3 mph speed with the winglets than without and improved turning performance.   The wing is stable and delivers a very slow stall speed.  In fact, power off stalls in level flight yield no buffeting and the nose just leans over into a gentle descent.  The full stall position would actually be at a point beyond the compression strut.

Having trained in an Airborne XT, flown and owned both a Tanarg and a Revo for a number of years, I have to say the DJ2 has exceeded my expectations both in performance and true value.

 

Aug 30th

What GPS to buy

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi,

I am in the market to buy a new GPS for my trike and I would like your input. Currently I have the old Garmin GPS iii. What GPS do you use, why do you use it and how much did it run you?

Thanks for your help.

Regards,

Rizzy

Jun 20th

Sign Petition for fair representation of trike pilots

By Rizwan Bukhari

 

www.change.org/petitions/faa-610-sos-save-our-sport-open-pilot-representation-in-lightsport-rule-making

 

I think this warrants a blog space. I read this petition and signed it because among many things, it asks for fair representation of pilots. This is your chance to do so as well. It is one thing to sit out and do nothing about an Issue or you can after reading the petition (if you agree with the message) support it. I think in all important decisions that impact our sport, all of us should have a fair representation.

 

Rizwan

May 18th

Tips and tricks of setting up a wing

By Rizwan Bukhari

Today as I attempted on setting up my new wing, I found it very challenging to secure the last 4 or 5 battons with the cord (bungee). Is there a tip to make it easier. I thought of disconnecting the strut where it attaches the cross bar so the wing has a bit more play but I was not sure if that would be a good idea. Do you have any tips.

My Manta wing just like the Northwing I use to have does NOT have a bungee to secure the battons but it is a little cord or rope. Bungee would have made it easier.

Regards,

Rizzy

 

May 5th

How do you short pack a wing?

By Rizwan Bukhari
Hi everyone,

I bought a new wing and my 19 meter strut wing has to go. I wanted to know how do you short pack a wing.

Has anyone short packed a 19 meter wing, how long of a crate do you need for that. The wing crate I have is about 18 feet by 1 foot by 1 foot. Would that be a big enough crate for a 19 meter wing? If you have pictures that show how to short pack the wing, I would really appreciate that.

Regards,

Rizzy