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.
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
I have flown my father-in-laws in Phoenix last Christmas. He spent a day with me going over the basics, then 2nd day I was flying. They are extremely simple machines. My wife has had her pilot's license since she was 16. I'm still under the opinion if God wanted us to fly, he would of gave us feathers
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
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.
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