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  1. Or you could consider a 2 seat paratrike......the aerochute / hummerchute. Dead easy set up, but a microlight licence needed and more regulation
  2. I have now got details of the diameter and pitch I need but can anyone recommend somebody who may be able to make one please? Guy
  3. I believe that Simon talked about a syllabus for trikes some time ago but I don't know if it ever got finalized. Good luck
  4. Looks tidy. Have you done a hang test yet and what wing do you have for it?
  5. I've recently acquired a rotax 447 paratrike, but it is the original Romain 2 blade heavy (and very noisy) 2 blade prop. I would like to replace it with something quieter as I really don't want to annoy those on the ground. Does anyone have anything suitable for sale, or even able to suggest appropriate diameter and pitch requirements for that engine? Jock has said that he had an Arplast 3 blade at around 125 - 130 diameter on one of his earlier machines so I may need to look for something like that. Any ideas gratefully received☺️. Guy
  6. ☺️Thanks for the replies Mark and Andy. I'll definitely be staying as I am .....no wish to burn anything down but certainly not my flying machine (as my family refer to it). Stay safe, Guy
  7. Not directly related to this thread, but on a 'similar' line from someone who has NIL understanding of electricity. I start my trike mounted Rotax 503 with electric start, but to keep the battery size to an acceptable size and weight it is only 4 amps. This just about turns the motor when cold so to give a bit of ooomph when starting for the first time I add a jump start with a 7 amp LiPo. Th2 combinedd turns the motor really well so that I can warm it all up nicely. Then after attaching the trike to the wing (the engine still being warm) the 4 amp battery is quite sufficient. BUT, given that the engine is charging the battery while it is running, would I be able to fit the LiPo directly to the charging system of the engine and do away with the jump start? I've kept away from this to date as I have no wish to start a fire at any time, never mind in the air. I have been told that a LiPo can be charged this way but obviously it isn't a balanced charging system when charged by the engine. Any ideas?
  8. I saw a very brief headline on BBC Midlands news about a local chap who was attempting to complete this in a record 3 days, but have heard nothing further since. Does anyone know who he is or how he got on? Even with a tail wind that is some motoring.........I wonder what his kit is? Looks like he was doing it in a trike.
  9. PS. It may be cheaper than changing the wing.
  10. I'm 10 1/2 stone and 63 years old, so I launch with a trike...........it' so much easier (for me). Consider it.
  11. Hi Andy, Very rough and bumpy you say. I must admit to still feeling a little nervous in those conditions. I went up yesterday mid morning.....lovely and smooth at 1500 ft but really rough around 200 ft coming in to land. I'm keen to know how the wing coped with it. Presumably no tucks / collapse in the rough air. I fly an Ozone and really have confidence in it.
  12. LOL. The one I mentioned did however include an engine and a wing. I still don't think that's too bad a price for being able to get airborne. On another note I have a friend who is toying with either a floppy wing or a flexwing trike. It'll be interesting to see what sways him one way or the other.
  13. My trike is the same as the aerochute, albeit older. It was originally made by a company called Powerchute in Herefordshire. They went bust and the Australians bought the design and have been making them ever since. Yes you're right, they are expensive. I have a friend selling on older 2 seat kestrel at around £2,500 but that will have with it the older square powered parachute wing. Very easy though to convert the head plate to a paraglider 2 hang point system. I'll hang fire on the wing for the time being but hope to get to see you before long.
  14. Not yet. I've been in touch with Chris who will let me know if he gets one in.
  15. Thanks Jock, I like the idea of a speedster 33. Now a few years old, has anyone got one in good condition that might be for sale?
  16. Ps. I may be wrong about the use of brakes with extended trimmers. Is this only dangerous if also applying speed bar?
  17. The trike that I fly has very high hang points.......comfortably above head height. That means I need to use brake lines that have been carefully lengthened to accommodate this, but the trimmers are almost out of reach so not easily adjusted in flight. If I were to put the wing into full reflex by letting out the trimmers it would be unsafe to rely on the brakes for turning and I would need to use the wing tip steering, but these are also well out of reach. Not therefore practical for me. Some might say change the trike, but for me it is the one thing I would not change. It is very stable on the ground with a very low centre of gravity and a wide wheel base. I could probably get away with simply reducing the size of the wing in order to increase the airspeed but with very few suggestions coming forward perhaps I will have to be prepared to put up with gently 'floating around' at 25 mph or thereabouts.
  18. I agree completely. Although I have no high regard for the antics of Capt. Kurt Fister as mentioned elsewhere on this site, he does have a useful if unnecessarily long video on u tube about setting out the wing for a trike launch. It is certainly the way that I do it and so far all ok. A lot cheaper and more convenient than any further tuition.
  19. I agree completely. Although I have no high regard for the antics of Capt. Kurt Fister as mentioned elsewhere on this site, he does have a useful if unnecessarily long video on u tube about setting out the wing for a trike launch. It is certainly the way that I do it and so far all ok. A lot cheaper and more convenient than any further tuition.
  20. Morning all, what great weather for it and good luck to all those new pilots taking to the air for the first time this week. What I really wanted to ask for is, as the title suggests, recommendations for a trike wing. I fly what was originally a Powerchute powered parachute, but the wing was horrible. I subsequently converted the head plate to take a paraglider wing and have very successfully flown an Ozone Magmax 38 for the last 2 years. All is well except that it is a bit (or a lot depending on your view a lot) on the slow side. I was warned about this before I bought the wing but at that time I was happy to take something on which I could safely build my hours. I now feel more confident in flying in wind (always moderate of course) but am in danger of not getting back to the airfield if I fly downwind. I would also like to go XC a bit more. I would like to consider something a bit quicker, probably not reflex, that can take the weight of 100kg trike...........even better if someone has something for sale. Many thanks. Guy
  21. Thanks everyone for taking the time to add your views. I live in rural Shropshire, so plenty of open fields and no airports nearby 😊 . I am acutely aware of livestock as I have farmers as friends, but still plenty of crop fields to take a closer look at this year I think but something tells me I'm very unlikely to get as low as some of you guys. Happy and safe flying to all.
  22. I don't like the cold so not a lot of flying at the moment, but thinking of the year ahead, at what height do people most enjoy flying at? I've tended to stay between 1000' and 2000' as I've always been worried about having plenty of choice for a landing spot in the event of an engine failure (which has never happened), but I see loads of videos at much lower altitudes that appear to be more engaging. I don't want to upset anyone on the ground and don't want to break the 500' rule, but an altitude of 300' or so and keeping away from buildings could be more interesting..........others are apparently flying a lot lower than that. Just interested in your thoughts and experiences. Guy
  23. Hi, I think they are based in Tenbury Wells which is only 10 miles or so from where I live. I've seen him flying around for some time and have spoken to him on the phone, but never had any dealings with him. From what I hear he seems to be a regular guy nothing shady at all, but as I said I've never handed any cash to him😊. On another note, I also fly a trike with a Magmax wing............do you know how it compares to the itv bulldog? Why 41 size magmax, would not the 38 size be adequate for quite a small trike? Having flown with wheels I'd never go back to a back pack (although possibly that is age related)
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