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Flying ultralights - April 26, 2010, 02:52 AM

Check out this link... This guy is flying similar to a standard ultra light - autogyro. I've never hear of such thing, but it looks really cool. Much better range and speed than an ultralight, but still quite simple to operate and probably get a license for. Cool, huh?

BTW, are there any ultra light places around DC?
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April 26, 2010, 09:22 AM

That is a gyro copter. I had a friend that had an ultra lite. They are fun, take little skill to fly, and require no lisence. I had a friend who had one and I flew around with him. One day he told me he was going flying but i couldn't make it. He was flying to another co-workers house who lived on the water. The ultralight had pontoons on it so it could land on the water. About 35 feet from the ground during a bank turn the main aluminum bar in the wing snapped and the craft tumbled and landed upside down. Bert was killed instantly. Had i had been with him on the craft i would had died as well. The engine sits just behind the passenger seat and it was smashed the seat and pushed up against Bert. I went to the crash site after it happened and sifted through the FAA inspector who wasn't familiar with ultra lites. Not fun. They are dangerous but fun. There is a group that flies them out of a grass airstrip in Faquier County.
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April 26, 2010, 11:13 AM

I wonder how safe they are compared to other things...
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April 26, 2010, 04:01 PM

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I wonder how safe they are compared to other things...
Not so good in windy conditions, because you have no roll control.

If you have pitch control, you can autorotate.
(well, you always autorotate with these, but you usually can't raise pitch for lift before hitting the ground like in a normal heli)

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Yeah, I guess these things are not that much safer than ultralights...

"Apologies to all for the delays - a combination of high air temperature, heavy aircraft and variable cross wind resulted in a poor climb out by the aircraft on take off. Obstacle avoidance resulted in a forced ditching in to a shallow lake. Thankfully I was not injured and the aircraft is now being assessed for possible repair. There will be more on this as soon as I know all the options. Regards, Norman." Link.


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