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Mr Bill Flying the Florida Sky in his trike at 79. He never complains that his legs don't exactly work, or that his blood transfusions or radiation treatments have him down. The only complaint we ever hear from him is how many days it has been since his last flight.

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  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 6 months ago
    Merry Christmas Mr. Bill. We made this video for you to show your friends and family with some basic info on what we do and hopefully inspire many people around the world.

    Mr Bill Flying the Florida Sky in his trike at 79. He never complains that his legs don't exactly work, or that his blood transfusions or radiation treatments have him down. The only complaint we ever hear from him is how many days it has been since his last flight.
  • Rizwan Bukhari
    by Rizwan Bukhari 6 months ago
    Awesome job Larry for going above and beyond to help Wild Bill.
  • Allan Mays
    by Allan Mays 6 months ago
    Very nice! Mr Stockfield provides renewed inspiration to trike pilots around the globe. Happy Holidays and especially..... Peace on Earth
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 6 months ago
    Hi Lindsay, poor Mr Bill was forced to slow Fly his Streak III because our camera plane was a REVOLT with the standard 15m Wing cruising at just 48 MPH. So ithe control bar is not that high in actuality. However the control bar on older Airbornes is rediculously high in my opinion, later/first fixed when the Arrow came out. Now Airborne has adopted a lower height on there new models. In fact we offer REBORNE wings (REVO Wing made for Airbornes) which include an additional 3 inch control bar drop to correct this extra high control bar situation. Now days Airborne, air Creation, P&M, NW and REVO are all within 1 inch of each other. This position is at roughly just below the heart of an average 68 inch-70 inch pilot. In my opinion is very important to keep the pilots hands below the level of their heart for proper circulation in the hands and fingers. Short flights do not present much of an issue, but after couple of hours it does make a big difference.
  • Ted  Bailey
    by Ted Bailey 6 months ago
    Very nice video and I hope to still be flying @ 79.

    Bar nipples to nose for HG, and under my rib cage but above my navel for trikes. Don't get the ape hangar thing at all!
  • Damien B
    by Damien B 6 months ago
    Great Job Larry/Amy and of course Mr Bill !! I'll forward this on to more seasoned potential students who want to fly but are a little apprehensive! The most seasoned solo student I've had is Henry who is 70 and he has turned out to be a real top pilot! You've probably seen a few pics I post of him.

    Question) At what age did Mr Bill Solo his trike?
  • Larry  Mednick
    by Larry Mednick 6 months ago
    Mr Bill was 75 when he soloed. I was having issues with getting his landings consistent and began to worry we would never get there. Then he had his Cataracts removed and it was like training a new pilot. He said now he only sees one runway and not two. After that it was all smooth sailing all the way through his Sport pilot ticket.
  • Todd Halver
    by Todd Halver 6 months ago
    Great video story Larry. Here's to a new year of fun flying Mr. Bill. You are in inspiration to others.
  • Artur Caban
    by Artur Caban 6 months ago
    Happy new year Mr. Bill
    BTW:
    My PHGP examiner, instructor Dr. Zbigniew Czerwik from Lodz in Poland is 85 years old and has over 30 years of practicing trikes flying.
    https://www.tvn24.pl/wideo/z-anteny/noworoczny-odlot-82-latka,1080229.html?playlist_id=20254
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