Feb 6th

Cross Country (Long Distance) Flying Prep & Gear

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,

I wanted to start a blog about cross country flying. For new pilots who are exploring long cross country flying, what considerations should they take?

Jeff trike made an awesome recommendation "Delorme Inreach" a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) GPS tracker that allows two way text messaging.

How about a tent, tie downs, thermal blanket, knife etc?

 

How do you prepare for a cross country trip? What would you take to your cross country trip? Any brand recommendations that have worked well for you?

 

Thanks,

 

Rizzy

 

 

 

 

Jan 31st

....cont.... the sound of silence, second bit.....

By monty stone

back at the hanger the engine, a 377 rotax, sc, si, was disected, the engine, had been fitted with a 'rebuilt ' crank, but the main bearings had steel ball cages, instead of delrin, and one cage had broken up, and had locked up the crank. on reflection my choice of a field was obviously very wrong, i don't think i panic'd, but certainly 'target fixed' on that field. what has all this to do with trikes? well, the older ultralights and 'unsophistacated ' trikes' both feel similar when flying, you 'fly' the wing, how you 'get there' is a little different , but speeds, climb rate, landing speeds are similar, (naked, older trikes!). the main difference, apart from the 'obvious' reversal' is the rudder. the rudder  is VERY dominant in ul's, neglect it and you'll be slipping and sliding all over with adverse yaw that'll keep you awake at night! we trikers are SO spoilled, due to some 'fancy wing design features, that we ' wingliterates' have been eagerly absorbing of late,  we ALMOST don't have to ko-ordinate our turns! (i did say almost!). and 'we don't need no stinking rudder! but we do need to make better 'landing field choices.' in my 'defence' this was my first emergency landing, though not my last!                                                               no damage, scratches only so i'll pretend i planned it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ps, this plane had a second chance chute, but it never entered my head to use it, i still had control and a triangular field in view! plus the 'boss' woulda 'reamed me a new arsehole over the repack cost!                                                 pps, to newbies only, when that big fan stops during a glide at idle  you will pick up a bit of speed and distance  due to getting rid of that big 'disc umbrella'.                                                                                                             ppps. 'cross-control' to increase drag doesn't have much effect with a 3inch boom tube.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ..................freazier nutszoff

Jan 31st

the sound of silence part one!

By monty stone

the flight was routine. i was flying one of  five beaver ul's that our flying club had. it had a recent engine overhaul and i flew it, to check it out, for free, avoiding the $20 per hour rental. i was over our local training area we refered to as the 'valley of death', we named it due to several ' failed arrivals'. the asi started to slow, so i gave it more gas whereupon it seized,  and my world got 'silent'.   i set up a decent glide angle, i was at about 900ft with abundant grassy fields, so, ignoring the REALLY suitable field directly under me i 'fixated' on a triangular field, WAY smaller, and had numerous obstructions around it, the right side had a long row of tall poplars and buildings, the left side had a barbed wire fence with many black and white cows munching away on the other side. the 'base' side had power lines and a small river with houses and a road. we had always tried to 'arrange' unexpected landings close to a road to facilitate retreval. by the time i had second thoughts about my choice it was too late to 'start again'. most things get bigger, the closer you get, this triangle shrunk! i cleared the power lines, my chief concern, and started my 'round out' at about thirty feet, prior to flareing but as soon as i got in ground effect the plane would'nt sink, it just floated and floated! the 'sharp'corner' of my 'trigon' was getting closer, quickly. i figured at this rate i'd be in the 'tidal swamp' that waited for me at the end of my 'field', though at the time i didn't know  what was there. any how, i decided to 'wheelbarrow' it in, trying to break the nose-gear off and hope the 'jagged bits' would stop me. well, i hit on the nose wheel very hard, but it only bounced me up. by now i was running out of everything, altitude, airspeed and ability! this particular planes nose wheel was fixed, didn't steer, so was REALLY rudder dependant, i had full left rudder and swerved into the barbed wire, and stopped. i got out and walked the six feet to the end of the field. there was a five foot drop into 'ooze' that flooded twice a day with the tide. i turned my attention to the engine. the prop was now free, a common feature of two stroke seizures, the float bowl was full of clean gas, no water or debris, WTF! i saw a barn in the cow field and saw phone lines going to it (this was before cell-phones, a world without them!), i explained to the farmer i had a 'emergency' landing and could i use his phone to call the 'boss' of the club. while waiting for help to come the farmer told me that a few years before 18 skydivers had perished in his field when their plane nosed in. the boss and his mechanic arrived, we held on to the wing while the 'boss' fire-walled it, till it seized again. his mechanic took one of the other engines off another beaver and fitted it, we held on to the wing while the boss rev'd it, when he nodded we let go and he took off, clearing the power lines by a few feet! cont......

Jan 29th

Trike flying is so much fun

By Rizwan Bukhari

In the recent past, we have discussed a lot about accidents, In the end if you train well, take care of your aircraft and fly in safe conditions then there is nothing like trike flying :D Aviation is only as safe as you make it.

 

Here is a beautiful video of pure joy of trike flying.

 

 

 

 

Jan 20th

.....the wing's the thing!

By monty stone

a trike,  is  basically a wing, and a bunch of 'other stuff' hung under it. during flight at altitude, to me it is an object of 'adulation' and awe! (with a tinge of 'don't fail me now!). however many air mollecules hit it they are ignored!, but, UV will attack it. we in washington state run screaming for our 'moms' when the sun DOES come out. we don't 'TAN' we 'RUST', one month it came out TWICE! we all stayed indoors both days!  until recently when the trike wing 'gurus' finally began to blurt out the TRUTH about THE  WING! we sure had to squeeze them! , we, average trike drivers were abyssmally ignorant of the 'true nature of 'flex wing flight, now we are ALL eggspurts, more or less, and each of us could convert a stack of tubing and a roll of bedsheet into a wing, that somebody else should be willing to test-fly! !. we are completely at peace with them little engine pishkins hurrying to and fro 80 times a SECOND, just behind our heads. no problem, but that wing is our personal magic carpet, enableing us to enjoy the SECOND most pleasureable experience known to mankind, next only  , of course to sugar coated cream-filled do-nuts. the alluminum parts start to die as soon as they are born, though slowly. the plated fasteners pretty gold stuff starts to 'go somewhere else ' in a few months, but doesn't leave the fitting degraded, only 'unprotected' till the ensuing rust film will then protect from corrosion  . the wire bits get 'longer' but, unless kinked or cut, would probably outlast the other stuff, though mfrs, and wire co's reccommend replacement periodically. the 'jesus' bolt, the most feared and respected bolt in history, is also replaced, periodically, though a 'used' bolt has already been 'tested' and works, whereas a 'new' bolt is an 'unknown' quantity, to each his own. if replacing a 7$ bolt takes your mind off a 'looming' mega $$ wing fabric replacent cost then it works! so, how can we extend the life of our wing. don't ding the leading edge, (or any other wing tubeing), ONLY fly at night, i tried this, using a hand held flash light to help with the landings, and though fun, it has it's limitations.  but if you INSIST on flying in daylight then, realizing the insideos nature of UV degradation we cover, when possible, though it often 'aint possible all the time. i seem to remember some magic 'potion-lotion' that mega$$ yacht sails use to repel uv rays?? i paint my leading edges and outer two panels with a secret latex paint i get from my local hardware store, i tell 'em it's to paint my dogs kennel, i lied, i don't even have a dog, if i told them it was for my wing they would double the price and make me sign a 12page 'waiver', plus a seven day 'waiting' period, credit ck and homeland insecurity interview  . this 'secret' paint seems to accept being frequently rolled up by not cracking or peeling. this is on my 'lowly' northwing, my chronos repels it and looks like a 'molting python'. the french 'trilam' is slightly shiney and doesn't like being painted. when 'observers' point to the 'flakes' i put my finger to my lips and whisper ' prototype boundery layer test'. i recently sent a test patch from my morthwing to the factory and they said i had 10% of life left.  i took this as a  'kind' gesture, but at 82 they are being 'optimistic!,  for the wing also! . kamron said they usually 'retire' the wing fabric at 50% but the frame lives on! so, anyone out there in 'flexwingflyingthingamyland' got any ideas to prolong my life, i meant my wing's life let's have it,.............freazier nutszoff

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Jan 19th

good news/ badnews

By monty stone

           doctor speaking to patient.  "well i have good news, and bad news"                                                                                                                                                          patient.."tell me the good news doc"                                                                                                                                                                                    doctor " the good news is you have thirty days to live"                                                                                                                                                                          patient.." doc, what's the bad news ?"                                                                                                                                                                                                             "the bad news is i should have told you three weeks ago"

Jan 18th

Motorkite Dreaming (Cool Video Link)

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi All,

 

Here is a cool link for you to enjoy some trike flying fun video. I own the Motorkite Dreaming dvd (which is different than this, some parts are the same). Fun video for all trike pilots :D

 

I hope you enjoy it

 

https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1MSWGRYJH1W11/blast-off?playlist=AP-1MSWGS72D1W11

 

Rizzy

Jan 16th

Sun N Fun or Oshkosh or just the Flyins?

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,

 

I live in Boise, ID and have never been to Sun N Fun or Oshkosh and was wondering for someone who has prime interest in Sports/Recreational flying which event (Sun N Fun or Oshkosh) is better.

 

I might visit one of these events this year and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips about their experience to either of the events and what did they like, what were some of the challenges of either of the event.

 

Or, is it just better to attend the local flyins?

 

Regards,

 

Rizzy

Jan 2nd

Firesleeve or No Firesleeve, that is the question

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,

 

I was reading up on Rotax 912 engines and realized that same 912s come with Firesleeve and  some without Firesleeve. Which got me thinking why some engines on trikes have Firesleeves and some do NOT? Is this a manufacturer's discretion and some order engines with Firesleeves installed and some without it? and is this an important safety concern?

 

Following is the picture of an engine with firesleeve on it's fuel lines. (The firesleeve is orange in color in this picture).

 

My limited understading is that the purpose of firesleeve is to sustain an engine fire for 5- 15 minutes. Hopefully enough time for you to take necessary steps for your safety.

 

Now my question is

1) Howcome in the above picture, there is no firesleeve on the fuel lines running to the carbs? Are there only few critical areas where a firesleeve is needed?

2) Howcome some trike engines come with them and some don't?

3) Are they important safety item for trike pilots?

4) And the most important question is that can a Firesleeve prevent a Fuel Line Vapor Lock? Or does the Firesleeve NOT play any role in preventing a Fuel Line Vapor Lock?

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Regards,

 

Rizzy

 

 

 

 

Dec 31st

I LOVE 'TECH', BUT........

By monty stone

i consider BALLISTIC RECOVERY SYSTEMS' technology level to be 'stuck' in the '1950' s auto era;  plate glass still used to look through, seat belts not used, or available, no crush zones, steel dashboards, rigid steering columns that ran from behind the front bumper to the chest ,minimalistic door catches that allowed doors to fly open going over a bump,remember 'suicide' doors that hinged at the back ? hoods that slammed back, to de-capitate front seat occupiers, air-bags only a dream of the future. remember 'hitlers revenge' the vw, 8gals of gas sitting on your lap, the vw bus had NO leg protection, a minor parking lot 'prang' resulting in MAJOR leg injuries, ford pinto with a gas filler pipe pushed into the gas tank through a rubber 'o'ring, and then mounted behind the rear 'bumper', in the 'rear end me here, position. (my own pinto had 'flammable' signs riveted all round it till a h/way patrol cop made me drill the rivets out and take 'em off! he probly was a shareholder!)  all these, and many other 'flaws' were fixed, finally, after much blood shed, and 'hand-wringing' of corporate 'penny-counters in the then to be , future.  well, the future  is HERE! the tech is available to take the human deployment out of the equation. it's just gotta be 'modified and adapted to fit the BRS. but, bussiness accumen of , if it costs more, it'll reduce our 'profit margin', and any way, we're selling all these the market can bear, will endure, unless enough pressure is bought to bear! so what if the price doubles from $5k to $10k, if it will STOP ME FROM 'DEADING' MYSELF, it's worth it!  my van has a 'knock' sensor that instantly senses a low octane gulp and retards the next few ignition sparks etc, to avoid damage, or inconvenience to the system. obviously, relying on the human to assess the threat, and  risk, decide and deploy 'AINT WORKING'! of all the trike tragedies that have occured in recent memory most, apparrently were equipped with 'the safety net' of an on-board recovery system, yet not one has saved the occupants. sure, if USED they possibly would have, but NOT relying on the human to deploy. yeah, i know that 'shxt' happens close to the ground, etc, but purchasers of these systems, for considerable $$ should have a better chance of success, than winning the lottery. if i were the 'high mucky-muck of one of these companies i would lock my chief designer in a cage, feed him on 'red meat' only until he comes out with a viable system to use TECH to overcome the human shortcomings of F.T.D. (failure to deploy). until then i'd replace that 'puny' little T handle with a 10 inch dia red 'panic' button mounted directly in front of the pilot's face hooked to a 'loud scream detector' wired to the deployment device as 'backup'. WHEN IS SOMEBODY GONNA WAKE UP? ..............................................................                                                                                                                         freazier nutszoff                                                                                                                                                                                 ps. hell! i might even buy one myself!