Is there anyone on trike pilot who has flown the new Mako 15 wing by Gibbo Gear. So far I have heard only things about it's handling and performance. But I would like to talk to someone who has experienced this wing for their first hand account.
I have saved up enough to buy a new wing, now I am just trying to do some in depth research.
So since some of you said that this will not happen because of this and that, I went looking and found that this is already happening on a limited test basis but there are already some signs of machine system problems that will have to be worked out. For example, look at the picture below from a test delivery in the UK by Amazon.
This is my dilemma, I really like Gibbo wings, in pictures they look like they are built like a tank. But every time I muster the courage up to think about buying one (even though Gibbo has a great loyal following), I get a lot of opinions from the people that swear by Northwing (but everyone is entitled to their opinions). I am hoping to make a rational decision here not based on just the opinions. I think Gibbo wings are priced very fairly too (almost 3k less than a Northwing).
So I have two questions for Gibbo wing flyers. I have an HKS 700e motor with a 19 meter strutted Northwing. The other day I was flying near Payette, Idaho and the air was very turbulent so it required some effort on my part to fly.
My question is this what Gibbo wing is best matched to a HKS 700e motor which many say is a little bit stronger than a 503. For the most part I fly by myself, but my dad is moving to Idaho next year and I will be flying him quite frequently and wanted a Wing that can accommodate two 200 pound people. I think my trike (Northwing Navajo) empty weight with the HKS motor is about 540 pounds. Put two 200 pound passengers and now we are looking at 940 pounds. With all that weight and an HKS motor. What Gibbo wing is the best match?
I am not a cross country pilot, I am a patch flyer. But I am looking for a wing that I can fly by myself in strong turbulence (and it doesn't require as much effort as a 19 meter wing) in turbulent air or thermals but which also has the ability of hauling two passengers occasionally with an HKS 700e motor and not overwork the engine (with one or two passengers).
I still love my 19 meter Northwing, it also is a blast to fly in calm conditions. At one time I thought of getting a Gibbo 17 meter RST wing (instead of the more popular 15 meter RST) to give me better ability of hauling two people (a pilot and a passenger). But then I thought, what if the difference is not significant between a 17 meter Gibbo and a 19 meter Northwing? One of my all time favorite wings was an Aeros Stranger (maybe a Stream) (I believe it is 16 meter double surface) I loved the way it handled.
What are you suggestions? Is there anyone by Boise, Idaho or nearby areas that flies Gibbo wings, I sure would like to test fly the wing to get a better feel for it. Please help me out make a good decision here.
Gibbo Gear is coming out with a new wing, a 15 meter double surface, check out their website http://www.gibbogear.com/
In the desciption it says "100% double surface increases top end speed and lowers the stall speed....Not sewing the under surface to the top surface allows the two surfaces to shift independently of each other during flight improving handling. Another cool feature of the detached under surface is you can pre-flight your entire airframe!"
What is difference between a regular double surface wing (which as I understand typically are 80 percent double surface) vs this wing, which is 100 percent double surface.
The other question is a 100 percent double surface wing would be much more cleaner and faster than a 80% double surface wing, how does that help lower the stall speed? If anything I would think that it would increase Stall speed.
Am I right in my thinking?
I would like to know how hard is the FAA written sport
pilot exam? I am using the TestPrep book and Prepware software
and in addition I am also using Prepare to test online bank of
The questions on Prepware and Prepare to test are almost identical so I am thinking that both of them probably use the same FAA question pool.
How was your written FAA test and if you can give me tips for success, I would really appreciate that.
Can anyone tell me of any online resources for Sport Pilot exam. I use to have a test prep cd but now I don't have it and also I don't have a computer with a CD, it is just a netbook with no CD-ROM.
I don't mind paying for the downloadable questions that don't require a cd.
I am thinking of buying my second wing and like your input. Currently I fly a 19 meter Northwing with my Navajo trike that has an HKS 700e engine and I am thinking of getting a 15 meter single surface wing and I need your guidance.
On one hand you have Northwing and on the other Gibbo. Gibbo wing is at least 2000 dollars cheaper. But because of the reduced span of the Gibbo wing, I have heard that your engine has to work extra hard by at least 800 rpms for the same level flight....is that right?
All I want to do is to get a 15 meter for kinda mid day flying. I am still not a big cross country guy, just like to get air time around the patch but want to fly just a tad bid faster.
In the past I had thought of getting a 12.5 meter Gibbo and was very strongly discouraged by many on this forum.
Guidance please :)