Saturday, February 22, 2014

Trike for sale

I have a great package deal for someone who wants to get into trike flying, or I can sell each item separately. I have a price for everything all together so if anyone wants to split the package we will just have to agree on a price per piece.
The trike is a stick trike (no pod or windscreen) with a Rotax dual carb/dual ignition swinging a 68 inch 3 blade GSC wooden propeller. The wing is a Profi 15 meter double surface kingpost style.
The trike will be sold  as an ultralight trike, or as a collection of trike parts; whichever configuration you prefer.

I have been pulling it around on a custom trailer behind my motor home for the last few years, flying it whenever I got a break from my school work.

The trike trailer has a center trolly to guide the nose wheel when loading and a pivoting wing rack to make loading the wing easy. It also has a gasketed tool box to store the tie-downs and bungee cords in while keeping them dry. The coupler accepts a 1 7/8 inch ball.

There are self storing ramps at the back end and a rail for a motorcycle up front. I carry my dual sport Suzuki 400 with me so that when it is too windy to fly I can go riding instead. The trike must be loaded first then the motorcycle after, in order for the tie down system to work.

Most of the time I just push the trike up the ramps but if I am feeling tired there is a manual winch on the front of the trailer to crank it up the ramps. The trailer has a spare tire, a lug wrench, and a tongue wheel jack too.

If you are going to pull the trailer with a car or truck you can just hitch it on. But if you are going to pull it with a motor home (especially one with a spare tire mounted on the back) then you will need this hitch extension to keep the wing from rubbing the back of the tow vehicle. The hitch extension has an anti-rattle bracket too.The foam rubber mats are for placing under the wing control bar when assembling the wing so you don't scrape the control bar ends.

Ok back to the trike now. It has jumbo tires that I run on about 25 psi. This is a single seat trike with a cargo pod behind it for storing tools and stuff. By the way, those nifty wheel dollies come in handy for pushing the trike around the garage or hangar. They are included too.

There are also two very large saddle bags for storing even more stuff. They are easy to reach in flight if you want to have access to something quickly.

Here is the cargo pod open. Lots of room inside for tie downs, tools, 2 stroke oil, etc.

For those that don't know, the Rotax 503 is a fan cooled, two stroke, two cylinder engine. This engine has a pull start, and is premix only, but the large black cover under the fan is the location that someone could add an electric start or an injector pump for an oil system.

The gearbox swings a three blade 68 inch GSA wood prop in an aluminum hub. The blades have leading edge protection and there are no nicks, splits, or delamination on the prop blades.
The trike has an aluminum fuel tank with a fuel sender which holds 12 gallons and is not ultralight legal in the US. It also has a  plastic 5 gallon fuel tank (which is legal here), a primer bulb for filling the carbs, a twin K&N air filter, and an electrical system to power the radio and GPS. There is a Tiny Tach that counts engine running hours which I recently added.

Except for the quad gauge stack in front of the radio, all the other instrumentation is removable. By the way the seat belt is kind of tight for me when I am in full cold weather gear but it can be replaced with a longer one very cheaply.

Right in front of the seat are the choke and throttle levers on either side of the Silva racing compass. Next in line is the Icom aircraft radio which has GA plug adapters and an external push to talk jack.

Then on the left are the two 12 volt power ports for the radio and GPS. On the right are the two mag switches. The quad stack gauge panel holds an RPM gauge at the top, then a dual EGT (exhaust gas temperature), followed by a dual CHT (cylinder head temperature), and then a fuel tank gauge at the bottom. On the left side of the mast brace is an altimeter over an air speed indicator and on the right side of the mast brace is a Garmin Aera GPS mount. I could be talked into selling the GPS but I use it on my dual sport bike too.
The trike uses a single 2X2 mast and a 1 1/2 inch mast brace to support the wing, so the structure is very sturdy.There is a Key West voltage regulator and a 12 volt battery capable of running an electric starter mounted under the seat.

The wing has a lined bag to keep water out and I also have a separate bag for the mast brace, keel buddy, battens, and control bar.When I got the wing, it was too crowded in the tight bag and some road rash had occurred because of all the rubbing. So I put the metal pieces in a separate bag and patched the small scrapes on the wing with sail repair tape.

I cut and decorated the repair tape to look like band-aids. You might not like the look but I think it is cute. The wing handles exactly the same whether the repair tape is on or off. If you don't like the look then just peel them off.

A couple more things to mention on the trike. This is the aircraft antenna and ground plane on the bottom of the base tube. I have talked to people 30 miles away when I am only 500 feet off the ground with this setup. However, with the antenna so close to the ground, when taxiing you can only talk to other aircraft in the pattern.

The square aluminum tube above is just a brace for the mast when it is in the lowered position. I use this when trailering the trike and when storing it in the garage.

And now for all the extras that go with the trike. There are padded prop covers to protect the blades when trailering the trike. The aluminum support behind the prop in this picture is the keel buddy support rest. This addition makes it a one person job setting up the trike and wing.

There are two sets of wheel chocks. a complete jet kit with mains, pilots, needles, wrenches, and an altitude and temperature correction chart. A Warp Drive pitch adjustment tool, a One Touch optical tachometer, a block kit for easier wing tensioning, and a tie down kit with ropes, stakes, and anchors.

There are two helmets and headsets, both with GA style plugs. I can rewire them for ultralight or FSR plugs if you wish. A set of bar mitts for keeping hands warm on cold days, 3 balaclavas and 2 chin guards to help keep warm too.

Then there is the Ozee flight suit for medium to cool temps.

And the North Forty flight suit for very cold temps.

There is this very nice flight bag that I use to store the helmets, headsets, bar mitts, balaclavas, chin guards, radio, compass, GPS mount, altimeter/airspeed indicator, radio, and transmit button and cable.

I also have an extra battery for the icom radio, a Vertex handheld radio with weather, a vertex charger, GA plug adapters for the Vertex, 3 extra push to talk switches, a cell phone interface (to use your cell phone through the headset), a RAM mounting plate for the radio, cell phone, and i-pod, and some extra ear cushions for the headset. I'll even throw in the LED headlamp I use to set the trike up in the dark on those early morning flights.

This contraption is a wing walker. Bungee one end of the wing onto the walker and then lift the other and roll it anywhere you want to go. Much easier than carrying a ninety pound wing. Next is the paperwork. I have assembly checklists, flight checklists, maintenance schedules, log books, and engine manuals.

Well there you have it. A sturdy, simple to fly, stick trike with a trailer to haul it around on, all the accessories you will need, a lot of extras for convenience, and  included in the deal is everything pictured and described here. Get my info off the contact page and call to make me an offer. I would like 6K for everything but I am willing to consider any and all offers.

Thanks for looking,


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A 6 year olds first flight

I love watching the joy of flight videos where a first time flyer gets introduced to aviation. This little 6 year old can barely keep the headset on her head, but doesn't let that stop her from having a great time in a Champ off a grass strip.

The snow and bitter cold is now behind us this year. Time to go flying again.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Only in Amer... no wait...Russia

Only in Russia would you see a trike fill up at a gas station and then take off on a busy highway.

If you think that video is out of the norm then take a look at this dash cam  footage of Russian drivers. Then you might see how normal an occurrence it might be over there.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Spring is just around the corner

I really envy those Florida flyers. Even the south Texas and southern California pilots too. I still have snow in my yard and more on the way this week. Some day I will get to move to a warmer climate and be able to fly all year. These guys are sure enjoying it.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Truth or Consequences Fly-in

It was cold, Damn cold. But that was to be expected with a December fly-in and a bunch of nuts like me all flying open cockpit aircraft. Jim and Mitch found a warm spot in front of a propane heater located conveniently next to the coffee maker.

I was the fourth to arrive and already trailers were empty and trikes were being set up. Frank, Gary, and Mitch had a head start on me so I visited for awhile then got it in gear with my own Beast.

Dan and Danielle (who spent one entire morning zipping around on an electric scooter) were visiting but Dan did not have his trike with him this trip. Unfortunately Dan has his back to the camera.

 I took a few moments to look over the Red Devil. This is the trike that I would be taking my flight review in on Saturday. Frank has a nice machine here. I knew I was going to regret flying this thing.

The winds did not lay down on Friday at all so it was back to the motel for a few beers and some story telling. Jim came in later Friday night and set up camp at the end of the hangar row. It was not hard to find all the empty trailers. I was supposed to be there in my RV but that didn't work out so I got a room at the motel with the other guys.

 Saturday morning we were back at the field for some airtime and wondering if anyone else was going to make it down to T or C. We all got an hour or so of flying  in before we froze. Chuck and Ed did make it down from Double Eagle and landed soon after.

We all went out to Broadway BBQ for lunch and sorry for the terrible picture but it was a camera phone into the sunlight. Hey if you want better pictures hire a professional. Speaking of which we really did have a great photographer at the field. Steve Spaw, the T or C airport manager, had a great camera and was taking excellent pictures of us outlaw trikers who invaded his airport for the weekend. In fact all the rest of these pictures are from him. Thanks Steve for being so welcoming and a great photographer too.

Saturday afternoon Frank and I got ready for the flight review. We flew in his trike first and then I flew mine later.  It was an interesting comparison. His 912 engine against my 503. What a difference. 

I tie the Beast down  in front of the terminal building and jump in with Frank. I like flying different wings and different trikes to compare them against each other. The first impression usually sticks with me well enough that I can recall it much later. Frank's got a nice ride there. 

Away we go in the Red Devil. I was not wrong. I really, really, really want a 912 now. My Beast feels like a toy compared to the Red Devil. I hope that I will be fortunate to own one like it someday.

Somehow we never got any pictures of Ed or his Cobra. He was there on the ground and in the air like everyone else but never seemed to get himself in front of a camera. If anyone has a picture of Ed from the fly-in, send it to me and I will edit it in. Above is a picture of Chuck as he taxied in on Saturday afternoon in his Revo. 

And here is a picture of him taxiing out on Sunday morning for the flight home. In between he kept us laughing at his stories over dinner and was nervous about getting off early for the trip home. I haven't flown much with the ABQ group these last few years and there are so many new members I am looking forward to spending more time with them.

Gary spent some time trying to wheelie down the runway in his trike. I am not sure if it is a Maverick without the pod or exactly what it is but he flew it well. Low passes are fun especially when you have calm air to play around with. The air was not perfect but we still had a great time. It is nice having an airfield all to ourselves so we can play and not be bothered with arriving and departing traffic.

Here he is going back around for another try. There was a lot of pattern work Saturday especially because Steve was armed with a camera and who doesn't want a great picture of their trike in flight to use as a desktop background.

Mitch flew some low passes too in his red Maverick. Mitch and Gary have been friends for 50 years and the stories they can tell are hilarious. They windsurfed together, rode ATVs together, and now fly trikes together. I imagine when they both get old and start slowing down they will be playing golf together.  I have no doubt they will wind up racing their golf carts back to the club house after a round.

Here he goes around for another pass. Nice little machine. It was so cold I was wishing I had a pod and windscreen on mine too. This trip was my first time meeting Jim. He flies the Tukan below.

 Jim spent some time fiddling with his carbs in the morning then gave up and decided to fly. His is a Tukan which is a stick trike like my Beast. I know we will have a fun time camping and flying together when it gets warmer next year. Looking forward to that too.

 He has the most interesting throat warmer. It Velcros up around his visor and keeps him warm and his radio communications wind free. See I can learn cool tricks even from the noobies.

I had about a dozen landings myself this weekend. Sometimes I would round out at 70 and float for awhile before I would touchdown at 40 or so. Other times I would dead stick it in to see what kind of glide I could maintain. I also tried to fly 6 inches off the center line for half the length of the runway. It is a lot harder to do than than you would think.

The beast and I had a great weekend. I still have a few more tweaks to go but the thing is flying OK right now. We got a lot of flight time and I finished my flight review, even if it was a little cold. 

The star of the Fly-in however was Frank. He got more airtime in than anyone else. We could hardly keep that guy on the ground. Every time I looked up he was flying overhead. 

Here is a shot of Frank screaming down the runway. He was usually the first one in the air and the last one to come down. 

Coming in a little crooked here? I don't think so. I think he is just showing his skills for the camera man Steve who he bragged to that he could land the Red Devil sideways on any runway and stop before he ran off the other side.

Here is Frank again making it look easy. I have to admit if I had a trike like that I would fly way more than I do now. I would even rent a hangar to keep it in. 

The Beast sits in my garage ready for the next road trip. I am just happy that I have something to fly. Most people don't. And most of them don't even know what they are missing!