Jun 25th

Trim Actuator

By Bill Chance

Need to hook up a llinear actuator for wing trim.  It's from Revo made by Duff Norton.  Can't find a wiring diagram from Duff Norton.  It has five wires coming out of it.  Three of the wires are hooked to an internal potentiometer and two wires go to the motor.  This unit was never installed and has been packed away for a number of years. The simple wiring diagram from Revo just shows two wires running to the actuator from a double throw double pole switch. Don't know if there should be more info. Running power to the motor wires runs the shaft in and out and my question is the potentiometer just used for motor position control purposes and it's not needed in this application.  Those of you that have the wing trim actuators are there just two wires running to it?  

 

I think Larry is out of pocket right now.   

Jun 23rd

Finned wheel coverings?

By roger larson

Curious of thoughts about the finned wheel pants that are used on the trikes.  Has anyone flown with and without them on the same trike and noticed a difference?

The revolt doesn't have wheel pants.  What will be the good, or the bad of not having them?

Jun 6th

Trike Maintenance Kit

By Anton van Wyk

I have the following items for sale. It is brand new and I bought it after doing the maintenance course, but sold the trike soon after.

 

New - Sidchrome SCMT26922 - TORQUE WRENCH 10-160Nm 10-120ft.lb. - $250

New - CYCLONE CONROD BEARING CLEARANCE TESTER - $75

New – 4 x NGK Spark Plug - BR8ES - $16

New – 6 x ROTAX 125 EXHAUST SPRING - 66mm - NON EVO Rotax Part No: 938795 - $20

New - CABLE LUBER LUBRICATOR TOOL - $8

New – Anti Static refuelling kit - $35

Wire Twist Pliers - $30

New – iPad knee dock - $35

May 31st

How do you SLSA certify a brand new trike

By Rizwan Bukhari

Hi all,

 

If you buy a brand new trike, then what is the procedure to SLSA certify it? One of my buddies wanted to buy a brand new Aeros 912 trike and asked me if it could be SLSA certified.

Does anyone know what is the process of certification for any foreign made brand new trikes (Aeros, AirCreation, Airborne etc) that is ordered and shipped brand new from a foreign country.

 

Regards,

 

Rizzy

May 7th

How to find Trike Pilots and Instructors near you and/or finding a place to get trained, transitioned or updated.

By Paul Hamilton

 

This has been an incredible start to the flying season. I have never gotten so many calls asking “where can I find a trike instructor near me?”

 

Good news and bad news. The good news is that most of the qualified trike instructors and many pilots are listed at:

 

http://lsapilot.sportaviationcenter.com/sport-pilot-locator/

 

This is the most comprehensive, up to date site to find pilots and instructors. This is where I send everybody. Pilots and instructors, please look at this and let me know if it is up to date for your area. I personally maintain this and try to be as accurate and comprehensive as I can.

 

The bad news is that there may not be a qualified trike instructor close to you. Many times it is better to travel and concentrate on flying with a full time established school and get it done. Your program is listed at http://sportpilottraining.sportaviationcenter.com/sport-pilot-applicant/sport-pilot-applicant-start/ We have two and sometimes THREE FULL TIME trike instructors ready to train you. I can give you your checkride. One stop shop.

 

Other trike instructors please feel free to list your web site here and MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON THE TRIKE LOCATOR http://lsapilot.sportaviationcenter.com/sport-pilot-locator/

 

Best,

 

Paul Hamilton, CFI, DPE LSRM-trike

 

Apr 28th

Rotax 912 float warning. Check yours. It can happen to you. It has happened to me.

By Paul Hamilton

 

Recently, I have had numerous problems with the Rotax Carb Floats. Luckily I was able to avoid an engine failure, just loss of power but enough to land safely. This has been for new and old floats. They absorb fuel and can sink.

 

Some say that the newer floats are OK, Wrong. Some say that the older floats are OK, Wrong. I have seen sinking floats in all ages.

 

It is really simple, run the engine or the electric fuel pump and fill the carb bowls. Pull the bowls and see if the fuel level is equal below the top of the bowl. See if the floats all look like they are floating at the same level and lastly take the floats out, let them dry and weigh them. If a float is more than 3.1 grams it is no good. Rotax sez 7 grams for both, but in my opinion, this does not  leave much room for error.

 

This is a simple safety check for all 912 carb owners

 

Check your floats.

 

Apr 24th

New Wings for Airborne Trikes

By Rizwan Bukhari

 

It seems like Airborne has three new wings for their new trike. I wonder if these wings would be available for their existing trikes.

 

XR -S     Toples

XR -K     Kingpost Double Surface Wing

XR -M     Kingpost Single Surface Wing

 

Here is the link, check them out

 

http://www.airborne.com.au/images_new_site/microlights/m3_sport/M3-Sport-A5-Fold.pdf

 

 

 

Apr 16th

Aerotrike Cobra Trike with Skis for Sale

By Rizwan Bukhari

Please contact Tom Shanahan with any questions. Complete and ready to go. Includes two helmets, headsets, Icom radio. Full instructor package with foot, cruise and back seat throttle, foot (nose wheel) pedals for the backseat, training bars. Skis are offered with the sale. Asking price with skis is only $17,000 and without the skis is $16,000 All reasonable offers will be entertained. Please contact me (Tom) at 208-420-2839 or email me at bugsshanahan@yahoo.com for any questions. Thank you.

 

Apr 11th

Initial Flight Review Airborne new M3-Sport trike with XRS wing

By Paul Hamilton

 

Just had my first test flight on the new Airborne M3-Sport trike with XRS wing. It was everything I expected. Note this has just myself (140 pounds) and one flight so these are my first impressions.

 

Nice improvements. What stuck out most has how straight it tracked. We would expect this with the huge wheel stabilizer area plus the winglets providing significant vertical stabilizer/rudder. Because of this, there is very little adverse yaw in the turns. No uncomfortable/odd slipping hard/scary to get out of turns. This lack of adverse yaw appeared to slow down the turn response slightly but the turn pressure is similar to the other high performance Airborne wings and maybe better.

 

With the minimum twist wing design, it performs surprisingly well with the 80 HP 912. Quite the glide for landing round out.

 

Again with just me, I could push the bar all the way to the front strut and it would not stall. When I brought it up quickly into a mild whip stall, the whole wing broke lift and pitched down quickly. Yahoooooo. When it stalls it stalls. No roll to either side and a clean straight break. We would expect this for a low twist high performance wing.

 

The trim system is about as effective as the other Airborne wings. Not a huge speed difference but I did not crank it to tight until I review this system better. From the factory trim was full throttle 75 MPH and glide at 65 MPH. Slightly faster than I like but I need to fly double with extra weight before I move the trim position on the keel.

 

What I really liked and thought was a big improvement was the offset engine angles providing minimum torque AND P factor effect throughout the engine and speed ranges. That high speed/full throttle irritating right turn of the older models drove me crazy. The combination of the engine offset with the vertical stabilizer area solves this problem.

 

Overall I think it is a winner and a great improvement. Make no mistake, this XRS is a high performance wing. You can get a lower performance wing on the updated/upgraded M3-Sport undercarriage and these should be options also.

 

This is a great option for the top of the line mid range priced trikes.

 

I will have this here for a while for demos as I train Warren the owner. Call me 775:772-8232 or e mail paul@SportAviationCenter.com  if you want more details for pricing and availability. 

 

Apr 9th

Travis achieves his goal to change his career/life and become and work as a trike CFI.

By Paul Hamilton

 

The phone rings. Someone asks if I provide mountain flying for trikes. HMMMMMMM…. Yes I do come out and fly with me and I will teach you how to fly in the mountains. Travis lived in NJ and wanted to get his CFI and set up operations in South America Chile to run a flight operation just like many other dreamers wanting a new life. I said “yea come out and fly with me and let me know when you are coming”. He said OK I will let you know.

 

It should be noted I get all kinds of calls about people wanting to live their dream but most are just talk. They say they will get back to me and that is the last I hear from them. Well this is not the story here.

 

About a month later Travis calls me and said “I sold everything and headed out to you. Do you still have that S-LSA trike for sale I want it?”.

 

Well he showed up, bought the trike, got his sport pilot license last summer and flew every possible time to get his 150 hours in less than a year. He just passed his CFI checkride and we had our first fly together with customers today. YaHoooooo

 

Travis will be working with me this summer providing intro flights at Lake Tahoe and doing primary training for trike students.

 

Congratulations Travis for living your dream and welcome to serious triking.