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  • Two chutes...deployed both failed to open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbaNQO4AXng#t=62 The audio is good (some profanity)
  • “No checklist…not preflight…no safety pin…no chute…no more” -  Full page ad the surviving family members placed in Hang Gliding magazine add from the 1970’s, with photo of the folded up wing on its...
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    • Tussock 5 hours ago

      Bill, great question. I suspect (only a guess) that skydivers had reserves first, and they were adopted by early hang glider pilots.  As trikes are hang gliding's demon spawn, and with the usual suspects from the hangie crowd being the first to fly 'em, I'd take a stab that the hangies took reserves (or at least the concept) with 'em.

      ULtriker, sometimes when I write my brain goes into neutral and something gets lost in translation, sorry. I am aware of at least one other pilot who has passed out briefly in a trike due to g.  I hope it was a one-time event for you. I've also got a hangar mate whose sail tore from a piece of wire flung from a tyre during takeoff, and fortunately he was fully aware of the situation before climbing far. Good points. 

      I'm also aware of a trike pilot who suffered a cardiac event while flying and rolled and pitched under full power and tumbled.  I don't know whether a chute would have saved him, but there may have been a small window of opportunity to deploy, and perhaps if someone is incapable of active pilotage maybe there's enough left to pull a handle... just maybe.

    • cburg 2 hours ago

      “No checklist…not preflight…no safety pin…no chute…no more” -  Full page ad the surviving family members placed in Hang Gliding magazine add from the 1970’s, with photo of the folded up wing on its way down.

    • cburg 2 hours ago

      Two chutes...deployed both failed to open:

      The audio is good (some profanity)

  • Bill, great question. I suspect (only a guess) that skydivers had reserves first, and they were adopted by early hang glider pilots.  As trikes are hang gliding's demon spawn, and with the usual suspects from the hangie crowd being the...
  • One thought that keeps recurring in my mind is, how safe do we think our aircraft are compared to our three axis counterparts? It seems to me that there are a much greater percentage of trikes fitted with B.R.S than three axis aircraft. What is the...
  • Good thoughts Tussock.  One thing you said caught my attention.  How does a pilot that is incapacitated go for the chute?  I suppose if a few synapses are still firing then maybe one would have enough of their wits to know where the red handle is. ...
  • I guess your question ULtrikepilot could be rephrased as "in what circumstance does the 'chute offer the best outcome"? Is that a useful way of considering things?   Structural failure and entanglement after a midair would be...
  • Some interesting thoughts there @Tussock and @flyhighglider.  I guess I really don't think a spiral dive is necessarily a situation where I would normally consider going for the red handle.  So this begs the question and sorry if this...
  • 9 seconds to deploy 4 seconds to open 15 seconds to impact
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    • cburg 4 days ago

      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 more headroom under the bubble canopy and the wide foot positioning felt fine.

      Also used wide pegs on a side-by-side two-place trike I built.

      Here's a KR1 & KR2:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rand_Robinson_KR-1

    • cburg 4 days ago

      Also note that a PPC's wide foot steering is quite comfortable.  To me, some trikes have pegs that are too close together.

    • Tussock 14 hours ago

      Nice job!

  • Recent hand deploy save... NOTE: this happened to me too (before the days of weak links)...now most guys fly with hook knives (and proper weak links): http://vimeo.com/68791399      
  • Im flying since 1991, always without a chute. In that times was a chute very new and very expensive. Our trikes was all by "home made". It is very expensive now too, but it is more more better. I would like to have it, only "for...
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    • Tussock 5 hours ago

      Bill, great question. I suspect (only a guess) that skydivers had reserves first, and they were adopted by early hang glider pilots.  As trikes are hang gliding's demon spawn, and with the usual suspects from the hangie crowd being the first to fly 'em, I'd take a stab that the hangies took reserves (or at least the concept) with 'em.

      ULtriker, sometimes when I write my brain goes into neutral and something gets lost in translation, sorry. I am aware of at least one other pilot who has passed out briefly in a trike due to g.  I hope it was a one-time event for you. I've also got a hangar mate whose sail tore from a piece of wire flung from a tyre during takeoff, and fortunately he was fully aware of the situation before climbing far. Good points. 

      I'm also aware of a trike pilot who suffered a cardiac event while flying and rolled and pitched under full power and tumbled.  I don't know whether a chute would have saved him, but there may have been a small window of opportunity to deploy, and perhaps if someone is incapable of active pilotage maybe there's enough left to pull a handle... just maybe.

    • cburg 2 hours ago

      “No checklist…not preflight…no safety pin…no chute…no more” -  Full page ad the surviving family members placed in Hang Gliding magazine add from the 1970’s, with photo of the folded up wing on its way down.

    • cburg 2 hours ago

      Two chutes...deployed both failed to open:

      The audio is good (some profanity)

  • 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...
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    • Tussock 5 hours ago

      Bill, great question. I suspect (only a guess) that skydivers had reserves first, and they were adopted by early hang glider pilots.  As trikes are hang gliding's demon spawn, and with the usual suspects from the hangie crowd being the first to fly 'em, I'd take a stab that the hangies took reserves (or at least the concept) with 'em.

      ULtriker, sometimes when I write my brain goes into neutral and something gets lost in translation, sorry. I am aware of at least one other pilot who has passed out briefly in a trike due to g.  I hope it was a one-time event for you. I've also got a hangar mate whose sail tore from a piece of wire flung from a tyre during takeoff, and fortunately he was fully aware of the situation before climbing far. Good points. 

      I'm also aware of a trike pilot who suffered a cardiac event while flying and rolled and pitched under full power and tumbled.  I don't know whether a chute would have saved him, but there may have been a small window of opportunity to deploy, and perhaps if someone is incapable of active pilotage maybe there's enough left to pull a handle... just maybe.

    • cburg 2 hours ago

      “No checklist…not preflight…no safety pin…no chute…no more” -  Full page ad the surviving family members placed in Hang Gliding magazine add from the 1970’s, with photo of the folded up wing on its way down.

    • cburg 2 hours ago

      Two chutes...deployed both failed to open:

      The audio is good (some profanity)

  • Tussock commented on the photo Sandfly Country! yesterday
    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 2 days ago
    That's what I like...a pilot who stays on the center line ;-)
    Rush hours
  • madmik posted on CrayonBox's message board 2 days ago
    Thanks CB. Narrow corridors though a very mountainous area in your old back yard. A hint of patriotism still there?