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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-16-2003, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone flown an Ultralight?

Thinking about taking lessons. The Quicksilvers are awesome, and fairly cheap. Thanks
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I will probably be doing this next week sometime....I got it as a x-mas gift last year.... I will post up after I fly, I hear it is an AWESOME time!!
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Well lets see.....

Ultralights are small, light, aircraft powered by (I believe) rotax engines. They were originally based on hang gliders but have evolved. They do not require a pilots license since ( I believe, again) they can land without assistance. You can get a build it yourself kit for around 12K. The model I am looking at also has a backup parachute kit that will safely land both the pilot, and the craft in case of incident, supposedly without damage.

Here's the one I am interested in.
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Sweet!
That's cool as hell. What do you mean though by landing without assistance?
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Ugo, can you let me know how much it was? Are you going out to Chicago Ultralight? Route 71? I have some calls in, but no response yet.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-16-2003, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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I could be wrong

I have heard that if for some reason you are unable to land it yourself; You could feasibly let go of the stick, the throttle, and it will land unassisted. Again, I could be wrong. I have also heard that they are very easy to fly. I'll post some info also, since I have the bug, and am going up as soon as possible. J
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-17-2003, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Sooo

Rick, you soloed after some instruction? Were you nervous? I started the whole single engine instruction process in the service, but never made it to solo. Part of the reason I want to do this is to take it to AZ. Beautiful country out there.

How was your first landing? How lond did you fly for? Any nerve wrecking experiences? Thanks
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How much are the lessons gonna run you?
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-17-2003, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey Skate

Barlett huh? Right down the street from me.

No idea on the rates yet, have not gotten back to me. Are you coming out on the 24th? See you on the .org.
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24th? you mean NEXXT? I just got the bike and don't know where you guys are going to. But I definitely consider joining
Where do you live? I am always looking for people to ride with.
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I'm in St. Charles. Soon to be in Elburn. Tom from Alaska is in, and we are thinking about doing a Door Couty ride on the 24th. We'll see. Are you planning on NeXXt? That's the 5th, 6th, 7th, and possibly the 8th of Sept. More the merrier.
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Yeah I saw that about the door county ride. Seems like a ton of fun and I'll definitely join since my parts are here and she's running like new. Unfortunately I can't make Nexxt since I am in school and can't leave. Sorry to take this thread
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