Arty Trost, October 14th, 2010
“When we last left our intrepid heroine…” (Sorry – I just couldn’t resist. )
In my last post, I was in a hay field, having dead-sticked in after my engine died.
I called a good friend, told him of my predicament, and asked if he’d load up his trailer and come get me. (Ultralight pilots are an amazing group. They are always ready to come to each others’ aid. Even if it means a 3-4 hour drive.) Dave first asked me if I knew what had caused my engine out. I had checked the float bowls, and it wasn’t fuel starvation. Even if I was able to get the engine re-started, I wouldn’t have been able to fly it out—the uncut hay was much too high. So he said he’d round up his wife and son, load the trailer and an ATV, and be on his way. Read More >>
Jason Schappert, October 12th, 2010
So many pilots don’t realize it, but slow flight is something that they should give some time practicing together with their power-on stalls, simulating an engine failure in flight, and other procedures they are required to memorize. Sadly, pilots in general do not give much time to perfecting their slow flight.
What they don’t realize is that slow flight is important to mastering other procedures including landing, which most student pilots find difficult prior and even after solo. . . Naturally, they are not practicing their slow flight enough. If you are one of those people that are having problems with landing, then, you should realize that it’s time that to start working on these slow flight techniques.
All right, so how do you master slow flight? What can you do to improve on it and, by extension, improve on your landings? Read More >>
Arty Trost, October 4th, 2010
There is a large annual airshow in Arlington, Washington that takes place the weekend following Independence Day. I’ve been flying there in my Drifter for the past 15 years. The first time I flew to Arlington, I was with 10 other ultralights. In the years since, sometimes there are four or five, sometimes there are two, and sometimes I fly alone. This year was one of the “fly alone” times for the 250-mile flight. I flew my new Talon, knowing that people would be amazed that they weren’t seeing my Drifter. As always, the airshow was a time for seeing old friends, meeting new ones, attending educational forums, and browsing aviation-related vendor booths. Read More >>