Nov 10th

Introduction to Trike Flying

By Rizwan Bukhari

I found this vintage video about introduction to Trike Flying. Thought you might enjoy it :)

 

Oct 21st

Speed range in Strut wings vs Cable braced wing

By Rizwan Bukhari

 

Hi all,

 

Most strut wing manufacturers always highlight the wide speed range in their wing advertising.

 

I am trying to figure out that what makes a Strut wing have a wide speed range. Would a strut wings offer a wider speed range than a similar sized and shaped cable braced wing?

 

And if that is the case then what makes a Strut wing have the wider speed range.

 

Any help in understanding this concept would be greatly appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Rizzy

Oct 18th

Adding a sea - water rating to land pilot and CFI

By Paul Hamilton

 

One of my students just bought a Cygnet so I went to Hanging’ Over Havasu with Joe Lorenzen who trained me on water. Here are some of my perspectives on this experience. Adding water trike to land trike.

 

It is all about the water. You search around until you find the best water and land right into the wind. Looking seeing evaluating the water and wind ON THE WATER is a key factor.

 

Similar to land trikes, it is best to keep the bar out to take the load off the floats for takeoff and landing.

 

The waves were harder than I thought they would be. I thought they would be softer.

 

Taxing and getting into specific locations was much easier than I thought it would be. With the Cygnet, as you taxi, it does not turn very quick. When you put the wheels down it slows it right down and now you have an extra front steering rudder that makes taxing much more responsive.

 

Getting the wheels up and down takes quite allot of strength.

 

It is easy to forget wheels up or down so this checklist for landing is very important.

 

I was told that landing in the water with wheels down will flip the trike over but landing with the wheels up on land is less eventful, in fact just scraping up the bottom.

 

It is really fun learning a new skill and Joe Lorenzen did a great job.

 

Additionally, Leo Fitzgerald did both of my proficiency checks for pilot and CFI. We got to do spiral recovery in the Cygnet for both pilot and CFI.

 

 Thanks again Joe and Leo. Really proud of both of you who I did checkrides over 10 years ago. Keep up the great work.

 

 Any additional comments from experienced Sea trikers is helpful.

 

Oct 17th

Stay warm in the winter flying with heated clothing

By Paul Hamilton

I always get plenty of querstions when the weather turns cold. Get prepared and get your heated clothing going and fly in comfort all winter.

Everyone has their own ideas about this. I have tried to simply bundle up and use those heated pads. This helps but does not cut it for a professional trike operation in the winter. I need to stay warm all day and keep my customers warm for long cold flights. The only solution I have found the only thing that works for me is heated clothing. Simple.

Here is an excert that I have on my web site for winter flying:

It may seem that it is cold flying in an open cockpit when it is freezing out there. It may appear that winter is not the time to go triking, microlighting, ultralighting powered hang gliding. Let me dispel these misconceptions.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Yes it is cold out there but you can use a modern state of the art heating system used my the military. It is simply heated clothing. I now use heated gloves, boots and vests. Gloves are 22 watts. Boots are 22 watts. Vests are 44 watts. HeatedInsoles That totals 88 watts of heating right near your skin to keep you warm and toasty. heatedVest Imagine trying to hold an 88 watt light bulb, it would burn your hands. This 88 watts is efficiently put where you need it to stay warm.

HeatingCoils We have the technology and can use it. Have looked and tried other systems and chose the Gerbing heated clothing mainly because of the technology plus it is available at the local motorcycle shop so it is easy to get, add or replace as necessary. Other brands probably do a good job also.  Gerbings developed Microwire™ in response to a Department of Defense contract for heated clothing for Special Ops Forces. You will use this to stay warm while you fly. Enough said. Here we show you how we suit up with all the heating clothing to keep you warm.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swkBt4zOl4

Check out what you see while flying in the winter. Snow, cold/crisp air - warm and tosty. 

 
For those do it your selfers how to design your own system.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAsWjOmsb6g

Sep 25th

BAR-ROOM!

By monty stone

i wasn't sure whether to blog this or not, but apart from me  showing my pathetic ignorance about such things (as well as many others!) here goes. hoping that others out there in 'flex-wing flying-thingy' land might learn from any advice from the 'dear abby' of trikers, you know who i mean!  i recently bought a 2002 aircreation fun 14 / 447 trike. it, has a bar position problem, at trim , hands off level altitude the bar is WAY forward, so far in fact my arms are locked, making turns 'difficult'.  the  'suggestion bar' is only six inches from the 'down-thingamy ' tube. i've looked at videos on line with pilots flying identical trikes, relaxed, arms bent, smoking cigars, or eating peanut butter sammiches, with the bar halfway in the available space. i've stuffed a big cushion behind me which helps a bit, but i don't know of any trike that comes with a big cushion, so that ain't the answer! it had a '  brs' mounted behind the mast, under the engine which i took off, i weighed the front wheel weight on ground, with and without chute, me not in it and the needle barely moved, and some of those intrepid pilots i viewed had chutes, some didn't, so i don't believe thats the answer. the wing is mounted as far back as it can go, (fast position?), i tried it in the middle of the three holes, if any thing a bit worse! everything seems to be assembled correctly. no parts left over!  unless i have the wing on backwards! (how do you do a weight and balance on a trike?) none of the trikes i've flown have trimmed so far forward , so i've never had to fight this problem before. it flys straight, no signs of damage. it has 83hrs on it . i ain't no ' test-pilut', so i don't really know what to try next! hugs n farts, ............freazier nutszoff                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ps, don't anyone out there call me 'tyrannosaurus arms' my buds here in 'rain country' are already using that one!

Sep 12th

Active Hang Block

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,

 

I have a question. On the Northwing website, they sell active Hang Blocks (pictured below). I don't know anything about them, other than that the A frame attaches directly to the Hang Block.

 

According to Northwing,

"The new Active Hang Block provides even more positive stability in rough air, requiring less control-input from the pilot, and also gives lighter handling pressures while initiating turns".

Does it really make a lot of difference. If anyone is using them then I would like to hear your comments and views about it.

 

Regards,

 

Rizzy

 

North Wing - Active Hang Block improves handling even more!

Sep 12th

Your favorite Compass?

By roger larson

Looking for thoughts on compasses used on trikes.  Seems like i have seen a lot of marine type compasses used?

So what is your favorite type of compass?  

Your favorite Brand?  Model?  Where do i get it.

How do you attach it?

 

Thanks  in advance for anyone that will give me input. 

 

 

Sep 5th

I am Yuri

By Bryan Tuffnell

I’d tried this game before, sneaking out while most people were snoozing to try a flight above cloud in the blackness of a moonless, mostly overcast night. I’d rolled onto Rangiora’s 25 near midnight, and sat there for a number of minutes before bottling out. Too much unknown, too many risks I couldn’t quantify.

The idea wouldn’t go away, and whenever I got the chance on land, I’d get above cloud on a pitch-black night to check how identifiable the horizon was. Eventually it seemed doable, but it was nearly a full year later before the combination of nearly complete low overcast and no moon presented itself.

Take Two. We rolled well after the witching hour, but with a decent bite of the night to savour before dawn. A few specks of starlight fell through an inky overcast - not much, but just enough to give us a horizon and something to aim for - so we bored up through a tiny break in the murk and broke into outer space above. Nothing below, just blackness. Only stars above. And it was wild.

Starlight spanned the night between the horizons, and any trace of the planet beneath was obliterated by the cloud beneath. We went inland, climbed up and up until I got the jitters, three miles into the night sky, feeling like the only living thing in the universe. It was a night from a Kubrick movie, a scene in a diminished key, a bizarre inversion of normality, somber, wonderful, a little spooky, surreal. This wasn’t flying a trike, it was riding a spaceship in orbit; the absence of stars providing the only refence for the horizon. For an hour I was Yuri Gagarin, alone in space, and I loved it, but oh the stress, the concentration…

The first blush of morning took away that uncomfortable and somewhat nerve-wracking edge and provided its own otherworldliness by illuminating the cloud from underneath but leaving me and Penrod in a battleship grey world. We found another hole in the Stygian gloom and descended through vaporous severed goats' heads and damp Mount Rushmores and into brightness and warmth. The low angle of the sunlight caught strange fibrous filaments and delicate cobwebs falling from the base of the clouds and lit them with oranges and reds. We did a little aerial boogey between them, I dragged my fingers through them. A few Zen cartwheels later we set down on my favourite beach. A siren song of surf was playing. I looked at Penrod's empty back seat which just looked wrong somehow - something was missing, so I put my clothes there and went for a bitterly cold swim. Home at 0900.

 

Not a recommended way of flying a trike, a bit of a stretch of safety… but sometimes you’ve just got to dance.

Aug 30th

New Aeros Dealership located in Idaho

By Rizwan Bukhari

 

Hi all,

 

I want to let all of you know that we just recently got the dealership for Aeros Trikes and Wings. We are located in Boise, Idaho and operate out of Caldwell, ID airport.

Aeros makes some of the best trikes and wings. They manufacture Profi TL wing and Ant trike.

 

Please check our website

www.trikeflyer.com

 

Feel free to browse the website, your helpful suggestions and comments are always welcome.

 

We are really excited about this opportunity. And would love to get you your next Aeros Trike or Wing. We will be getting our first Profi TL wing pictured below and we are very excited about it.

 

We will also help you in learning how to fly trikes by either assisting you getting qualified CFIs near you or here in Idaho.

 

You can email us at info@trikeflyer.com

or call us at 208-985-9895 for any questions or a quote.

 

Regards,

 

Trikeflyer.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 24th

Sport Pilot Checkride and Flight Review book updated to V4

By Paul Hamilton

 

http://www.trikepilot.com/members/profile/273/pictures/25864/2

I just updated my Checkride book and items 1, 2, and 3 might be of interest to trike pilots

The following items was updated from version 3:

 

1. For a Flight Review, a Proficiency Check now counts as a flight review per 61.56(d). Example: Private pilot airplane adds a WSC trike endorsement per 61.325 with a proficiency check. This now counts as a flight review.

 

2. WSC trike spiral recovery added to Emergency Procedures.

 

3. Flight Following communications examples now added to Airport Operations Radio Communications.

 

4. Updates of what to study and what not to study to for the Airplane Flying Handbook new version 8083-3B and Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge new version 8083-25B