Dec 14th

Apollo Delta Jet II Flight.

By Mark Crabb

I am an Apollo Monsoon owner considering a new wing to replace my Profi TL 14.5.  I was vacationing in Daytona for the week and decided to make the two and a half hour drive to SilverLight Aviation in Zephyrhills to test fly the new DJ-II with the 12.4 Cheval wing.

 I met Abid on a chilly 40 degree Friday morning.  After a quick preflight and flight control orientation, I climbed in to the front seat and we were off.  The front seat was very comfortable and the controls were almost identical to my Monsoon.  Wing control on the ground was noticeably lighter than my Profi.  As soon as we rotated I could tell that the Cheval was much more nimble than my Profi as well.  We climbed out at about 1000 feet per minute and headed north.  We climbed to 2000ft and made some gentle carving turns.  The wing control was incredibly light and responsive.   Even at hands-off speeds at near 100 MPH it was rock solid and reassuring.  We were at medium trim and cruising about 85 at 4700 RPMs.  I cut the throttle and pulled the bar in to my chest.  The acceleration was incredible and immediate.  After about 3 seconds I glanced down and the air speed indicator was reading 109 MPH.  VNe is 115!  I think I made Abid a little nervous.  I was impressed with the response.  I attempted a few power off stalls but could not get the Cheval in a true stall.  After a few more turns we headed back to the airport.  As we turned for final, I was able to appreciate the glide slope and energy retention of the Cheval.  Out of the corner of my eye I could tell from the wind sock there was a light crosswind but it was not noticeable on the controls. 

The Delta Jet II with the Cheval wing is an impressive and great flying aircraft.  The round trip 5 hour drive to fly it was worth it.  The Cheval will be the next wing on my Monsoon and I’ll get to maintain my S-LSA status. 

If you have the opportunity, give Abid a call and schedule an introductory flight.  You’ll be glad you did.                  

Dec 12th

Type Design Approval for Searey helped by SilverLight Aviation

By Abid Farooqui
Coverage for SilverLight Aviation's engineering certification work by Dan Johnson http://www.bydanjohnson.com/ 

Look for article dated Dec 9, 2014 called "Fresh American LSA & Ultralight Exports"
Dec 11th

'it's a little airyplane'

By monty stone

i frequently trailer my trike, and often, inquisitive earthlings ask 'what is it'?  well, trike don,t cut it. their little kiddie has a trike, and it don't fly!  using fed-speak 'flex-wing' only makes it seem dangerous! so, i usually tell 'em 'it's a little airyplane', which seems to satisfy the average proleteriat, but one little snot-nosed pre-adolescent asked 'who flyes it for you? obviously his part-formed logic-center (centre to my anglo buds)  couldn't equate how a pot-belly, bald, funny-talking octogenerian could possibly master this fearsome array of tubes and wires, when i admitted " i do" he walked away muttering 'lying old coot! another time when i was busy 'fettling' my trike a feminine  voice behind me said  "it's bigger than i expected". well! it's been a LONG time, if ever, that i,ve heard similar words! the voice belonged to a little old lady out walking her dog, which had not stuffed its snout into my crotch, nor had 'it' tried to hump my leg, so i didn't know she was there. she lived locally and said she enjoyed watching me fly my 'little airyplane' and that it 'looked like fun'. i agreed, it was fun 'flying my little airyplane'.. ps. for the non-anglophiles 'fettling' refers to tightening the swathes of baleing wire seemingly applied to those parts most likely to fall off, also wrapping another layer of duct-tape to any weather ravedged tape already applied to cover something we would rather not see any more, etc.  pps. some years ago  we 'trike drivers' had a lively discussion as to what it is that we fly. hardly anyone suggested 'flex-wing', but that's what we're stuck with. so be it.  but i still like to think i fly 'a little airyplane' it's more fun that way.  ppps i remember when SEX was fun and FLYING was dangerous! but, now.....                       monty

Dec 7th

Any Trike Pilots that also fly PPGs Powered Paragliders

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi,

Is there any pilots on this forum that also fly PPGs? I have been thinking about exploring PPG flying in 2015.

I have done some research on it, my biggest fear like most new pilots would be the wing collapsing. Personally, I think this can be a great form of aviation. My inspiration to explore this field came from reading the book, "Running into the sky by Chris Wolf".

If there is anyone who was/is a PPG  pilot then I would like to hear your story and experiences and recommendations.

Regards,

Rizzy

Dec 5th

New Trike World Records

By Craig Valentine
FAI has announced three new trike world records:
. Speed over a closed course, 40 km:
    Flown with 2 persons, Gordon Douglass pilot, UK
   P&M QuikR,  Rotax 912, 106.11 MPH

. Speed over a straight course:
    Flown with 2 persons, Gordon Douglass pilot,  UK
   P&M QuikR,  Rotax 912, 106.78 MPH

.Distance  in a straight line without landing:
    Flown with 2 persons,  Olena Ostahova pilot, Ukraine
   Aeros 2, Rotax 912, 438.17 miles

 All three of these report a Rotax 912, and I don't know if in fact they were 912s's. It's easy to pull the bar in on a QuikR to 120 MPH but it's difficult to keep it pulled in and maintain that speed.  I would think it would be easy to fly a QuikR over a 110 MPH for an hour or more but very difficult with any wind at all over a closed circuit. Any wind hurts rather than helps you in a circuit. And as far as the two up 438 mile distance...I don't know about two up but one up it would be easy to more than double that mileage with an additional gas tank. There are lots of records out there to be had. It's difficult jumping through the FAI's hoops to properly certify these attempts, however.

IMHO the ultimate World Trike Record is an American Transcontinental Speed Record. I've flown coast to coast five times but never trying to set a record. I thought I was going to be the first person to set a San Diego to Jacksonville speed record and it can be done in well under 24 hours. Alas, it will not be me, probably someone younger.

Congrats to Gordon and Olena but why are the Euros getting all the Glory?
Dec 3rd

Cloudbase Foundation Donations

By John Olson
In the spirit of the Holidays I'd like to announce that from today until New Year 2015, all the proceeds from the paperback versions of my three thrilling novels that are purchased at Amazon.com will be donated to the Cloudbase Foundation. I think you'll agree they are very pretty. As you might imagine, there is plenty of flying in my books too, and they smell great.
Tales From The Wild Blue Yonder *RECIPES FOR DISASTER*
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982070322
Tales From The Wild Blue Yonder *LIVING DANGEROUSLY* 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982070306
Tales From The Wild Blue Yonder *TAKING MEXICO FLYING*
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982070349
Here is what some readers have to say about them;
http://talesfromthewildblueyonder.blogspot.com/?m=1
Thrillogy2.jpg 
 
Nov 4th

Season's discount on Apollo Delta Jet II - Order by Dec 15, 2014

By Abid Farooqui
Hi All:
There is a significant discount of $3500 being offered for first quarter 2015 deliveries for orders placed by Dec 15, 2014. That's like getting an upgrade to 100 HP and a radio installed for free.
Please check http://www.deltajet2.com
for specs and configurator. The discount will be on the prices gotten there.
Happy and safe flying. 
Oct 12th

Books or movies on trike flying

By Rizwan Bukhari
Hi all,

I just got done with my final Securities exam, so now I have a lot of free time to read.

I would like to know if there is any book or videos that you can recommend, related to flying and flying adventures, they don't necessarily have to be about trike flying but any kind of flying related interesting book or video that you enjoyed or it inspired you.

I would appreciate your recommendations.

Regards,

Rizzy
Oct 11th

Sport Pilot WSC in quick order!

By Doug Boyle
image.jpgJackye Reynolds bought a BB trike on eBay a couple of months ago and decided it was time to get her Pilot's Certificate.  Having logged many hang gliding and ultralight flights over the decades, she began C-152 training a few years ago and soloed but never finished.

 We hooked up two weeks ago in a role reversal, she having been my Hang 3 instructor 40 years ago, and decided to live, eat, and breathe the training required to "get ur dun".  Three back-to-back days of L&V winds had her soloing the Airborne 912 and almost ready to take her Written Test.  Once passed she called Examiner Jonny Thompson and arranged a Checkride in Currituck, NC for the next day.

 A cold front was threatening to interfere with the plans, but we went to the airport anyway just to see what developed on the backside of the NC mountains.  We took off when we learned the front went stationary over the mountains and enjoyed 20 knot tailwinds the whole way.

Jonny Thompson was there to meet us upon landing and suggested Jackye get started on the Oral right away.  By the end of the day the winds laid down and they started the Flight Test.  She passed with flying colors and we left the next morning for home.  Within 60 hours of passing her Written and a week of flying, Jackye Reynolds earned the Sport Pilot rating that had eluded her for years for one reason or another.  She truly set the goal and hunkered down and "got ur done!"  Congratulations Jackye for a job well done!
Oct 7th

10 most FAQ for trike pilots getting started

By Paul Hamilton
With at least 1000 basic questions asked and answered here this year 2014  is the questions and answers. Any input from any one will be considered for this intro to trike flying.

The most common asked questions on buying a trike.

How much do they cost?

For a NEW two place Light sport Aircraft anywhere between $40,000 for basic no options to $110,000 for the top of the line fully loaded. Fully loaded adds options such as a radio/com system, ballistic safety parachute system, more powerful/reliable engine, transponder, enclosed body, hydraulic disk brakes, lights, upgraded tires, etc… Most of these options have lower and higher cost alternatives all add to the large price variation.

Used two place trikes that are flyable and considered safe can range from $10,000 to $90,000 all depending on age, condition and options.

Single place new ultralight trikes can range in price from $12,000 to $25,000 dollars with used from $5,000 to $20,000.

Are trikes safe?

They are as safe as you make them. It is like asking are cars safe. Yes cars and trikes are safe but it is the operators that create the danger. With a properly maintained trike, proper training and good decision making for flying, trikes are as safe as driving a car. Almost all accidents are a result of pilot error in some form or fashion.

How fast do they go?

Depending on the size of the wing, the weight and the size of the engine, you can cruise at speeds ranging from 25 MPH to 100 MPH.

How long can you stay up and how far can you go?

Depending on the size of the fuel tank and the type of engine you can stay up for 5 hours and fly as far as 400 miles on one tank of gas.

Where can you take off and land?

With the proper aircraft and pilot certification, any where an airplane can including large and small airports. Additionally, you can land on dirt roads, fields and in reasonably small areas.  If equipped for outback operation you can land in reasonably rough terrain and with floats you can take off and land with on water.

Do you need a pilot’s license?

For a two place you need an FAA Sport pilot license minimum but for a single place ultralight no license is required.

How long does it take and how much does it cost to get a pilot’s license?

Minimum 20 hours training for a license but it usually takes about 35 hours to become proficient as a pilot. Cost is from $4000 to $10000 to get a sport pilots license, about half the cost of a private pilot airplane license. This cost can vary greatly depending on how fast you pick it up, how much you study on your own, and how frequently you take lessons. The best training schedule is to fly every other day. If you come for an accelerated course, and you study ahead of time you can get through the course in about 2 weeks.

What is the best plan to learn to fly?

It is hard to find a full time trike instructor near you therefore you may have to travel. If this is the case, I suggest that you fly with an instructor for about a week until you are ready to solo, than you are educated enough to buy your own trike, than you solo in your own trike.

How do I get started?

Simply get the training materials to start studying on your own or simply go take your first flight lesson.

Where do I find trike instructors near me?

The best place is the listing at http://trikepilot.sportaviationcenter.com/sport-pilot-locator/