Log in

Latest activity

  • A hang gliding 'chute is relatively cheap, and a small proportion of equipment cost. Accidental deployments are rare, and those that have happened have for the most part had minor consequences.  Cost is a factor for trikes when the...
  • Comments
    • ULtrikepilot yesterday

      Wow, another poll I never saw before. Very interesting as there does appear to be a country effect. My first WSC CFI did not believe in putting one on his trike. I felt strong enough about having one that I discontinued using him.

    • flyhighglider 3 hours ago

      All HG competitions in Australia, and I've been to many since the 1980's, both State, National and International level, enforce ALL pilots to have a parachute. The chute must be recently repacked. This is a mandatory requirement. I personally know some pilots who have been saved under canopy. These were all hand deployed chutes which would not be suitable for a normal 2 seat trike.

      I know of one trike pilot that entered a spiral dive and died in WA in the 1990's. He may have been saved by a ballistic chute, I don't know. Otherwise, the incidents in Australia seem to be very low and may be that is why we see the results of the poll showing Australian pilots are not generally fitting chutes which seems to be the opposite to the trend in the USA.

      Does anyone know why this is the case?

    • Tussock 36 minutes ago

      A hang gliding 'chute is relatively cheap, and a small proportion of equipment cost. Accidental deployments are rare, and those that have happened have for the most part had minor consequences. 

      Cost is a factor for trikes when the benefits may be uncertain. And a deployment on a trike, deliberately or accidentally, is likely to be more serious. While there's no doubt that lives have been genuinely saved, there are a number of cases cited on the net of other "saves" that might not have been necessary, and a little deliberate pilotage could have prevented use of the 'chute. I hope I'm not seen as being critical here, but as a spiral dive has been mentioned, I'd rather fly with someone who could easily recover from a spiral dive without resorting to a chute than one for whom it is their recovery method of choice (although losing visibility of the horizon in a spiral dive is a good case for a chute).  There have also been unintended deployments with serious consequences.

      Personal choice. I think on balance that they're a good idea, but there are plenty of pilots where I live - including commercial operators - who choose not to have them for valid reasons. I do think that there are far fewer occasions that make a chute the best option than there have been deployments, but if ain't got one you've eliminated the ultimate, last-ditch thing to try in a small number of circumstances. I respect the opinions of those who wouldn't fly without one.

  • Tussock commented on the photo Sandfly Country! an hour ago
    You may laugh, but the new (to me - bought second hand) trike was 'tent' yellow.... I repainted it silver to match the wing!
    Sandfly Country!
  • All HG competitions in Australia, and I've been to many since the 1980's, both State, National and International level, enforce ALL pilots to have a parachute. The chute must be recently repacked. This is a mandatory requirement. I...
  • cburg commented on the photo Rush hours 9 hours ago
    That's what I like...a pilot who stays on the center line ;-)
    Rush hours
  • madmik posted on CrayonBox's message board 23 hours ago
    Thanks CB. Narrow corridors though a very mountainous area in your old back yard. A hint of patriotism still there?
  • CrayonBox commented on the photo Sandfly Country! yesterday
    So are you going to upgrade the trike or the tent for colour match?
    Sandfly Country!
  • Tussock commented on the photo Sandfly Country! yesterday
    Thanks, all. My current trike no longer matches the tent ;D good luck with your trip, Gibbo, and look forward to seeing your pics.
    Sandfly Country!
  • Comments
    • ULtrikepilot yesterday

      Wow, another poll I never saw before. Very interesting as there does appear to be a country effect. My first WSC CFI did not believe in putting one on his trike. I felt strong enough about having one that I discontinued using him.

    • flyhighglider 3 hours ago

      All HG competitions in Australia, and I've been to many since the 1980's, both State, National and International level, enforce ALL pilots to have a parachute. The chute must be recently repacked. This is a mandatory requirement. I personally know some pilots who have been saved under canopy. These were all hand deployed chutes which would not be suitable for a normal 2 seat trike.

      I know of one trike pilot that entered a spiral dive and died in WA in the 1990's. He may have been saved by a ballistic chute, I don't know. Otherwise, the incidents in Australia seem to be very low and may be that is why we see the results of the poll showing Australian pilots are not generally fitting chutes which seems to be the opposite to the trend in the USA.

      Does anyone know why this is the case?

    • Tussock 36 minutes ago

      A hang gliding 'chute is relatively cheap, and a small proportion of equipment cost. Accidental deployments are rare, and those that have happened have for the most part had minor consequences. 

      Cost is a factor for trikes when the benefits may be uncertain. And a deployment on a trike, deliberately or accidentally, is likely to be more serious. While there's no doubt that lives have been genuinely saved, there are a number of cases cited on the net of other "saves" that might not have been necessary, and a little deliberate pilotage could have prevented use of the 'chute. I hope I'm not seen as being critical here, but as a spiral dive has been mentioned, I'd rather fly with someone who could easily recover from a spiral dive without resorting to a chute than one for whom it is their recovery method of choice (although losing visibility of the horizon in a spiral dive is a good case for a chute).  There have also been unintended deployments with serious consequences.

      Personal choice. I think on balance that they're a good idea, but there are plenty of pilots where I live - including commercial operators - who choose not to have them for valid reasons. I do think that there are far fewer occasions that make a chute the best option than there have been deployments, but if ain't got one you've eliminated the ultimate, last-ditch thing to try in a small number of circumstances. I respect the opinions of those who wouldn't fly without one.

  • CrayonBox posted on madmik's message board yesterday
    More info to watch. http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airports/ZQN
  • CrayonBox posted on madmik's message board yesterday
    Queenstown will be busy now due to ski season, so click on the planes in Flightradar to see their flight paths on arrival and departure, as they negotiate the huge mountains.
  • CrayonBox posted on madmik's message board yesterday
    This is the location... http://www.flightradar24.com/-45.01,168.63/11 and http://skyvector.com/?ll=-45.005075284930946,168.53082277580447&chart=301&zoom=4&plan=G.-45.09304292109679,168.44293215079895:A.NZ.NZQN
  • Wow, another poll I never saw before. Very interesting as there does appear to be a country effect. My first WSC CFI did not believe in putting one on his trike. I felt strong enough about having one that I discontinued using him.
  • Comments
    • ULtrikepilot yesterday

      Wow, another poll I never saw before. Very interesting as there does appear to be a country effect. My first WSC CFI did not believe in putting one on his trike. I felt strong enough about having one that I discontinued using him.

    • flyhighglider 3 hours ago

      All HG competitions in Australia, and I've been to many since the 1980's, both State, National and International level, enforce ALL pilots to have a parachute. The chute must be recently repacked. This is a mandatory requirement. I personally know some pilots who have been saved under canopy. These were all hand deployed chutes which would not be suitable for a normal 2 seat trike.

      I know of one trike pilot that entered a spiral dive and died in WA in the 1990's. He may have been saved by a ballistic chute, I don't know. Otherwise, the incidents in Australia seem to be very low and may be that is why we see the results of the poll showing Australian pilots are not generally fitting chutes which seems to be the opposite to the trend in the USA.

      Does anyone know why this is the case?

    • Tussock 36 minutes ago

      A hang gliding 'chute is relatively cheap, and a small proportion of equipment cost. Accidental deployments are rare, and those that have happened have for the most part had minor consequences. 

      Cost is a factor for trikes when the benefits may be uncertain. And a deployment on a trike, deliberately or accidentally, is likely to be more serious. While there's no doubt that lives have been genuinely saved, there are a number of cases cited on the net of other "saves" that might not have been necessary, and a little deliberate pilotage could have prevented use of the 'chute. I hope I'm not seen as being critical here, but as a spiral dive has been mentioned, I'd rather fly with someone who could easily recover from a spiral dive without resorting to a chute than one for whom it is their recovery method of choice (although losing visibility of the horizon in a spiral dive is a good case for a chute).  There have also been unintended deployments with serious consequences.

      Personal choice. I think on balance that they're a good idea, but there are plenty of pilots where I live - including commercial operators - who choose not to have them for valid reasons. I do think that there are far fewer occasions that make a chute the best option than there have been deployments, but if ain't got one you've eliminated the ultimate, last-ditch thing to try in a small number of circumstances. I respect the opinions of those who wouldn't fly without one.

  • Comments
    • ULtrikepilot yesterday

      Wow, another poll I never saw before. Very interesting as there does appear to be a country effect. My first WSC CFI did not believe in putting one on his trike. I felt strong enough about having one that I discontinued using him.

    • flyhighglider 3 hours ago

      All HG competitions in Australia, and I've been to many since the 1980's, both State, National and International level, enforce ALL pilots to have a parachute. The chute must be recently repacked. This is a mandatory requirement. I personally know some pilots who have been saved under canopy. These were all hand deployed chutes which would not be suitable for a normal 2 seat trike.

      I know of one trike pilot that entered a spiral dive and died in WA in the 1990's. He may have been saved by a ballistic chute, I don't know. Otherwise, the incidents in Australia seem to be very low and may be that is why we see the results of the poll showing Australian pilots are not generally fitting chutes which seems to be the opposite to the trend in the USA.

      Does anyone know why this is the case?

    • Tussock 36 minutes ago

      A hang gliding 'chute is relatively cheap, and a small proportion of equipment cost. Accidental deployments are rare, and those that have happened have for the most part had minor consequences. 

      Cost is a factor for trikes when the benefits may be uncertain. And a deployment on a trike, deliberately or accidentally, is likely to be more serious. While there's no doubt that lives have been genuinely saved, there are a number of cases cited on the net of other "saves" that might not have been necessary, and a little deliberate pilotage could have prevented use of the 'chute. I hope I'm not seen as being critical here, but as a spiral dive has been mentioned, I'd rather fly with someone who could easily recover from a spiral dive without resorting to a chute than one for whom it is their recovery method of choice (although losing visibility of the horizon in a spiral dive is a good case for a chute).  There have also been unintended deployments with serious consequences.

      Personal choice. I think on balance that they're a good idea, but there are plenty of pilots where I live - including commercial operators - who choose not to have them for valid reasons. I do think that there are far fewer occasions that make a chute the best option than there have been deployments, but if ain't got one you've eliminated the ultimate, last-ditch thing to try in a small number of circumstances. I respect the opinions of those who wouldn't fly without one.

  • cburg created a page Mentone 2014 - Pylon Race 2 days ago
    Hope some trikes come and post some times.  There will be Helis, Gyros, PPCs and perhaps some Trikes. Here's info on the Pylon Race and Mentone the week after Oshkosh http://www.rotaryforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41135
  • madmik posted on madmik's message board 2 days ago
    Air NZ cockpit decent into Christchurch. http://www.chonday.com/Videos/pilotnewzdalnd1
  • Also note that a PPC's wide foot steering is quite comfortable.  To me, some trikes have pegs that are too close together.
    IMG_4696
  • I had a KR2 airplane with a cramped bench seat for two and a right stick.  I decided to try to fly it with the stick in the center and me using the left and right pedals from both sides of the controls.  Actually felt better.  Had...
    IMG_4696
  • Great...it should work fine. I like wider peg spacing anyway, they feel more controllable.
    IMG_4696