Dec 4th

Mounting options for your Antennas

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


We have a nice discussion going on mounting Antennas on trike so I thought of organizing it a little bit with pictures to help anyone wanting ideas of mounting antenna to their trikes.


For my Airborne trike, I bought a flag/whip antenna mount from axis alloys and this is what it looks like, it's adjustable so can be adjusted for a horizontal, vertical or any angled roll bar.


Here is an idea posted by Doug used by Gregg Ludwig, looks pretty simple and clean




The part for the above mount is SS Tang from West Marine website


The next one in line is Todd's mount made by Neil Bungard of AirCreation, looks like a very clean set up.




And last but not least is Doug Boyle's mount on his old trike, I like the Strobe and the Antenna nicely and neatly organized together.




Here is an example on a Delta Lite Trike



 Sirio-Antenna-Moved to Landing-Gear (2)


Doug Boyle's DIY mount for your keel




Doug Boyle's mounting on the landing gear close up




If you have any close ups of your antenna mounts, please feel free to share. I think on this blog the best way to shareis copy and then press Ctrl V (you can't insert pics, unless if I don't know what I am doing :)





Nov 27th

prov. ' neither a lender or a borrower be '.

By monty stone

well, i was, and i did! while having an excellent memory, it doesn't last long, and i had forgotten when i loaned my trike to a 'many hour fixed wing pilot'. the recent tragedy involving a FWP, and his fatal flight with a borrowed trike jogged it. in 1994 i had taken my home-built trike to Alvord fly-in and a pilot, well known to me, very accomplished with most flying things asked to try my trike. he said he had flown trikes 'a bit', so, against my 'inner voice' ( the one that yells NO! NO! when i'm selecting a second cream-filled donut)     screaming NO! i let him. ( i was  Mr nice guy, then! ) well, the flight went ok, BUT, he was wearing HUGE, hob-nailed boots, with thick soles, and with no 'brake feel' had locked the front end on landing, did a 'stoppie', standing the trike on it's nose. the forks bent back, making the trike un-useable till i was able to repair it. no tragedy, fortunately, but it mean't a 1200 mile round trip wasted, for me, and re-inforced an obeyance to the above proverb. ( though if larry wants to lend me a REV, preferably yellow, for say, three or four years i might ammend this rule!)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  freezier ballsoff                                                                                                                                                                             ps. i keep hearing about 'naked trike flying. is this a new fad? i personally prefer a flying suit and gloves. am i missing out?  where would i keep my chewing gum? OH! i know..........                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Nov 25th

re-inventing the wheel, again. or the blog that never was!

By monty stone

us 'retirees', (euphemism for 'west-ward' bound!) have WAY too much time to muse on what-ifs, what could be-s or cood-a bins. anyway, i was 'musing' on the huge amount of 'Trikeology' there must be in this sites archives, but more or less inaccessable, without some kind of reference index. such as 'Rotax, wing info, training available, regs, how to, where to , why to, etc,etc.'newbies' that wish to learn or ' oldbies' who have forgot could then take advantage of the experience of others in the 'Trikeing world. i'm abyssmally ignorant about sites, (in addition, i'm told,about other things, too!) so have no idea whether  such an index exists, or could exist. other sites i use have such a provision listed as 'maintenence, repairs, data, etc, etc. therefore, re-inventing the wheel, or, the blog that never was...................                                                                                                                                                          ps. kinda like the road sign my wing-tip hit in mexico, i swear it read " ignore this sign". i did, but my wing-tip didn't.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  freezier ballsoff

Nov 23rd

Changing/Upgrading Engine on an Experimental

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


One of my friends is thinking about upgrading the engine on his trike from a Rotax 582 to a Rotax 912 trike. His current trike is an Aerotrike Cobra.

Can anyone tell me what is the paperwork requirement for such a major modification on a trike?

In such a scenario is the trike inspected again by a DAR and a new Airworthiness Certificate Issued? Or is it just updated on your registration?

Lastly, If the engine is purchased online then how do you verify that it is NOT a stolen engine. (And of course he is going to physically go and inspect the engine before paying for it).









Nov 17th

Epic New Trike Film Takes Flight!

By Hattie Archibald

MOTORKITE DREAMING is a new Australian feature documentary that follows two amateur daredevils as they fly microlights 4000kms north to south across the Australian outback.

It’s an epic journey on a scale that few have attempted before, across some of the most hostile desert on Earth; but the payoff is a spectacular birds-eye- view of Australia’s most remote and unseen treasures. This is Australia as you've never seen it before. 



The film premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in Australia before touring the country’s east coast to packed out cinemas and rave reviews.

Now, audiences outside Australia have the chance to view the film online or on DVD, with 25% off until November 30.

Meanwhile, audiences in Australia can receive a 3rd DVD with every 2 purchased as part of our Xmas special, with 10% going to support critical health services in remote Australia. 


“It’s brilliant. Four stars.”  – Richard Wilkins, TODAY show Channel 9

“A thrilling ride along the songlines of the central desert and the fault lines of the human heart.” –

“A documentary like no other” – Glenn Dunks, The Big Issue



The documentary follows amateur adventurers Daryl Clarke and Aidan Glasby in the air, while on the ground fiancées’ Elsie Clarke and Lexi Keneally take big risks driving the fuel supplies needed for such a crazy adventure. Crossing 4 deserts, the intrepid couples must navigate extreme conditions, crocodile-infested swamps, and their own fears.

Led by two Aboriginal guides, the flying circus heads deep into the spiritual heartland of Australia. Soaring over this remarkable land allows them to connect with traditional owners who carry a culture tens of thousands of years old.

Whether the adventurers are swooping low over Lake Eyre, or across the Great Sandy Desert, this film offers a perspective on Australia few can ever hope to see in their lifetime.


“Flying a microlight is like a symbol of freedom. It’s like driving a dirt bike in the sky. It’s bliss. It’s just sensational. As your wheels come off the ground there’s this incredible freedom and lightness, it feels like the world’s yours. You feel alive. It’s magic and you’re sort of dancing with the wind. It’s a hard thing to describe, but it’s just magic.” Aidan Glasby, pilot 



Nov 14th

Which fuel lines to use with Rotax 912

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,


I was inspecting my fuel lines and found some hairline cracks and also found the coolant line that goes to the carb heating by the carbuerator with a small crack with some coolant drops leaking from there.

So one thing is for sure it is time to replace the fuel and coolants lines. The lines on my Airborne XT are NOT the clear ones. They are 1/4 inch fuel hose (black color). I found something similar to them on Aircraft Spruce and also Amazon


I checked on Aircraft Spruce and they sell




Then I see this one on amazon with marginally better specs


HBD Thermoid Premium R7 Fuel Line 1/4" X 25' Roll 25062 (SAE30R7)


1) So I am just a little bit lost. In the manual it says max allowable Oil pressure is 102 psi and I believe I read max fuel pressure is 20 psi. Which fuel line would be better?


2) Airborne also has a little spiral ring on some of the fuel lines, does anyone know the purpose there (my guess is it protects against heat. Does anyone know where to get that material? Or is there a substitute that could be used instead of that material?


3) What is the prime difference between non clear Fuel hose lines and clear Silicon fuel lines and for this engine can you use Silicon fuel lines at all?


Thanks for your help.









Nov 1st


By monty stone

    i hear that TESLA is considering building a 'self- flying' trike for 'transitioning' pilots who don't get 'push right-go left, and 'push the other way and go the 'other left', ( or is it the other way?) i don't get it! ( the trike instructors' union, T.O.W.D. short for 'the other way, dummy!) is bitterly opposed to TESLA'S plan and is considering sending a protest e-mail, via Hillary's server. this is only a rumor!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            freezier ballzoff                                                                                                                                                                                   ps, T.O.W.D. not to be confused with T.O.A.D. which is ' trike owners are discriminating!

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.