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  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 3 months ago
    We just filmed another Top to Bottom trike Odyssey (short) and here we are climbing to Mt Whitney the highest mountain in the continental USA. This time I brought up Loretta.
  • White Eagle
    by White Eagle 3 months ago
    Magnificent shot paul. Kinda like merryl streep and redford in out of africa. Seriously what a beautiful memory for a couple.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 3 months ago
    Great shot Paul. Did you overfly the summit?
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 3 months ago
    Jeff YES we summited.
  • Kevin Szalapski
    by Kevin Szalapski 3 months ago
    Did you both have heated clothing on ?
    Did you have Oxygen for the altitude ?
    What is the ceiling for the 912iS engine ?
    Looks real cold
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 3 months ago
    Kevin,
    Yes heated clothing for safety/comfort and Yes oxygen is required per 91.211.
    I am not sure what Larry put for Revo ceiling, but we were still able to climb about 200 to 300 FPM at 14,500 which is much better than I thought we would be able to get. That 912iS fuel injected is made to provide the best mixture, and timing for the situation. This 912iS was an awesome job at altitude. I would imagine with our weight (two lightweights) we could easily get to 16,000 or higher before the climb rate lowered to 100 FPM which I think is the definition of service ceiling. If Larry put the service ceiling is below 14,500 for the Revo 912iS that tell Larry I am sorry :-)
  • Kevin Szalapski
    by Kevin Szalapski 3 months ago
    Paul, would you consider the same flight to around 14500 ft if you had a carbureted 912 engine ? I would think it would be up to Rotax to know and document the limit of altitude operation of their engine ?
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 3 months ago
    Yes Kevin I would take a 912 carb to 14,500. I took my 503 rotax two stroke cosmos trike to 17,000 and it was running a little rich/rough. Have not looked or seen any rotax altitude limits except power loss with altitude.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 3 months ago
    Hey Paul, what was the wind blowing on top?
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 3 months ago
    Jeff,
    It was one of those lucky days with only about 10 out of the north blowing parallel with the ridge line once we got above about 12,000. Calm below. Not much.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 3 months ago
    Hope you got some gopro video of the flight.
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 3 months ago
    Yes Jeff I filmed the whole thing with two gopros to tell the story and trying to get to editing it. This picture is from the wing mounted camera. We flew from Mt Whitney out to Death Valley for a Top to Bottom.
  • Damien B
    by Damien B 3 months ago
    Beautiful shot Paul!
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