Oct 15th

Registering your SLSA under a LLC

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


I just bought an SLSA trike and my long term goal is to become a CFI to introduce people to this beautiful hobby.


I have a few questions from trike owners and CFIs who have registered their trike under a business (LLC or INC).


1) How easy is it? other than form 8050-01 and 8050-2, is there any other paperwork that would be required? On the FAA website it says you have to send document evidencing the organization (such as certificate of organization) and also a written representation that qualifies the company as a US citizen.


2) What documents did you have to provide when you registered your SLSA under an LLC or INC, was the FAA easy to deal with?


3) As I understand in most cases the LLCs are formed to protect your personal assets against liability but is there trully a benefit of registering the aircraft under a LLC? I read somewhere that God forbid if you got into a very bad flyig accident, your personal assets might still be exposed to liability (despite the fact that the SLSA aircraft was registered under a LLC).


4) Since I bought a used LLC, what would be the tax benefits of the SLSA registered under a LLC?


5) Do you have your business registered as LLC, INC or Partnership and why prefer the one category over the other?


I appreciate any help in this regard.





Sep 25th

Mechanical vs Electric fuel pump on a 912 80hp

By Rizwan Bukhari


Hi everyone,


I have a question for 912 Trike Owners. I am trying to learn more about 912 80 hp engine Trikes. What kind of fuel pumps do you use on your trike? My guess is that most are mechanically driven diaphragm fuel pumps.


And if so, do you think it is a good idea to have a backup electric fuel pump? I just sold my HKS trike and it had electric fuel pump. And I liked the peace of mind that I had Electric fuel pump as a backup (should for some reason the mechanical pump failed).


Do you 912 80hp trike owners feel as strongly about an additional back up electric fuel pump? or is it too paranoid to think that way :D




Thanks for your help.



Sep 7th

80hp vs 100hp trike

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


I am just curious about 80hp vs 100hp trikes. Is 100hp too much engine for trikes? For example, an Air Creation, Airborne, Northwing, Delta Lite, would they significantly benefit from a 100 hp motor?

In the past when I flew with my instructors of friends who had a four stroke trike, it was always a 80hp engine and seemed to do just fine.


Can someone please shed a light on this, is there a significant benefit of a 100 hp engine over a 80hp engine, if you are flying from lets say 2400' elevation.









Aug 8th

Video, Picture and content police.

By Paul Hamilton



Everyone has their different opinions about what should be posted on this or any other trike web site.


I would like to hear from the collective group of where the video, picture, and content police should ban and/or attempt to disallow trike content.


 Other sports are not critical of this but shoul;d we as trike pilots draw a line as to what we and the public should see?


 Should trike content be banned/shunned that:




1. Shows a trike without a visible landing area?


2. Bank or attitude out of the manufacturers limitations?


3. Formation flying?


4. Flying in high or bumpy winds?


5. Ground skimming?



6. Flying near a cloud?


7. Flying in crowded airspace?


Jul 13th

Weight-Shift 16 Hour Repairman Course

By Todd Halver

We are considering holding a Weight-Shift 16-hour Repairman Course at Marchmont Plantation Airpark (6NC8) near Winston-Salem, North Carolina (6NC8) on November 12-13, 2016.  Cost per participant is $375 and we need a minimum of 10 participants to hold the class (max participants 16). 

Neil Bungard from Air Creation USA will be our instructor for the class.  Neil is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable weight shift CFIs, DPEs in the country- and one of just a few people certified by the FAA to teach this class for weight-shift.  He is looking forward to leading the two-day session.

For background - FAA regulation §65.107 allows the owner of an Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft to earn a Repairman (LSA) Inspection rating by attending an FAA accepted course. Successful completion of the course allows you to perform the annual condition inspection on any Experimental-LSA airplane you own - now or in the future.  The repairman certificate earned during this course is only applicable to aircraft certificated as Experimental Light Sport - in the specific class you attend  i.e. Airplane, Weight Shift, Glider. Powered Parachute

It IS NOT valid to obtain a Repair / Inspection Certificate for an aircraft with an Airworthiness Certificate in the following categories: Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA), Experimental Amateur Built (Homebuilt from plans or a kit), or Experimental Exhibition.

We are able to secure lodging at an attractive rate at a local Super 8 motel for those looking for accommodations. 

Please message me at toddhalver@gmail.com with your interest (name, address, phone number) and we will see if enough folks would like to participate.  

Jul 5th

Another trike accident

By Rizwan Bukhari



The ultralight aircraft that crashed in Park Township. (June 30, 2016) The ultralight aircraft that crashed in Park Township. (June 30, 2016)

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was airlifted to the hospital after his ultralight aircraft crashed near Holland Wednesday evening.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. at Park Township Airport off Ottawa Beach Road, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. The aircraft veered off the runway after landing and crashed.

Pilot Richard Henley, 63, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital with serious injuries.

His back seat passenger, 71-year-old Leland Klink, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene before being released.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. The Federal Aviation Administration will be on the scene Thursday to investigate.

Jun 23rd

FAA Repairman Certificate

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi All,


I have a question, how do you make changes to the FAA Repairman Certificate. For those of you who have Repairman Certificate, more than likely your Repairman certificate shows the Category: Weight Shift Control, N Number and Serial Number.


But if you sell your trike and buy another trike that is different N Number and Serial number. How do you get that new N Number and Serial number on the certificate.


I went to my local FSDO to ask, they gave me two different numbers to contact. Which I did to no avail.


Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.






May 14th


By monty stone

ok, since some old 'talian guy, name of D'VINCI put out some DIY plans for a hang-glider ( old sepia videos show his 'test pilots' being hurled from the battlements to 'refine' his latest mods) (on youtube) ('those magnificent men') there have been some improvements, i.e. engines, airframes, materials etc. But, apart from 'leonardo d'mednick', with his use of fancy c.n.c. bits and other forward thinking design work, ( blatent arse-kissing here, i've offered to take away   FREE a scratched or dented REV ( I LOVE THOSE PHAT TIRES!) from his junk pile, preferably yellow.) there is still MUCH to be done! there ain't been the quantam leap that we are all holding our breath and waiting to see! for instance why aren't wing ribs (batterns) pumped up and down to change wing contour? (like my varicose veins). ON-BOARD AUTOMATIC WING FOLD/EXTEND DEVICES , LIKE BIRDS,  would be 'nice'. birds woulda gone extinct if  they had to remove their wings and store 'em in a bag between flights.  i expect even more 'odious regs' to be in force, some good some not. flying will never be as safe as 'bingo', for instance (though i did witness an old lady bash a guy with her 'marking' pen, 'cos he upset her board!) .' falling from the sky' will no longer be tolerated,  but with mandatory transponders, elt's,  REALLY BIG AIRBAGS, chutes or retro-rockets etc your significant other, and loan company can sleep easier! the chute, or rocket, will be hooked via satelite to a huge 'HAL' computor underground somewhere in UTAH, ( and thus safe from some 'rolly polly' arsehole from N/korea in case he tries to ruin our runways, as well as everything else!) and will deploy, from afar, if we decide to crash our, by then, 200k$ trike. saving both trike and 'tax paying', and thus FAA funding passengers. that's phase one, phase two the NTSB will arrive at your 'landing site', WITHIN MINUTES, with both    refreshments and'paperwork' to sign. i'm pretty sure that bolluminum will give way to composites, both in 'chariot and wing. whitewall tires? california and florida trikes only.  power ?, even though burning old fossils to turn that big fan will continue, with cat converters and any other ' gadgetry ' the ecology boys can come up with, to make it like you never burned ANYTHING, will make electric the 'norm', with the whole wing covered in solar cell fabric and 'super batteries range will be adequate.  the down side of the computer hook-up is an easy way for 'big bro' to enforce regs, if your bi-annual is due, the engine won't start, till you do it. the fun-factor of trikeing will still be there, but not like it was. by 2030 i'll be 95 + and probably won't need a REV! what am i missing, cigar lighter? collision-avoidance module? cruise control? reverseable prop, for backing into the hanger? frappoccino spigot? bum warmers? cupholders? etc ................................................................freazier ballzoff                         

 ps. my use of the term 'trike' is 'cos it's easier to type than 'FLEXIBLE WINGED AIRCRAFT' and is friendlier.





























May 9th


By monty stone

     WHATS A PIRATE WORTH?...............   A BUCCANEER !                                                                                                                                                                                                          (MY GRANDAUGHTER INSISTED I TELL EVERYONE HER JOKE)