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Electric Trike Flies in Canada - Sebring LSA Report

By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159

Ian Brown

Well, here we are in February already. The days are growing longer, and we just have a couple of months before the fly-in season gets back into top gear. We have some great articles for you this month. Jack Dueck presents the next in his series on flight-testing your homebuilt aircraft. If you simply want to improve your flying skills or go do something interesting with a flying friend, his article on testing power-on stalls this month should give you some ideas on what to do next time you fly out to the practice area with nothing much else to think about.

Bill Evans sent us the next in his series on inspection techniques. He broke the first section into two parts because he had so much to say about the necessary attitude required at the outset. Part 2 of his introduction, this month, will be followed in March by his article on preparing yourself and your equipment for actually doing the inspection.

As promised in a previous issue, I was able to get my nephew, Jordan, to tell us more about his growing career as a pilot. I'd taken him on his first flight as a young lad, and he told us how he arrived at the decision to become a professional aviator. I hope you enjoy the article. I think it helps you understand that sometimes when we sow the seeds, we don't always see immediate results, but you never know. Maybe you could start by planning to take some youngsters on introductory flights this year, whether through the Young Eagles, COPA for Kids, or just on your own. I personally recommend the Young Eagles program since there are some great benefits for the youngster if he or she wants to take the opportunity of the free online training and possible free first student flight.

I was able to visit the light-sport aircraft convention in Sebring, Florida, and was pleased to discover that EAA members receive a 33 percent admission discount. I paid $10 instead of the regular $15. The airport is right next to the famous Sebring International Raceway, and I spent a while, on exiting the convention, watching some old sports cars racing on the track, apparently under the auspices of the Sports Car Club of America. At the show, a Canadian outfit was showing the Sam - a prototype of a retro-looking LSA also planned to be registered in Canada in the advanced ultralight category. Apparently the first flight has not happened yet, but the crew has accomplished taxi testing. The aircraft being exhibited apparently had been trailered down for the show. It was shown with polished aluminum and an engine cowl reminiscent of a Chipmunk. The canopy reminded me of a Harvard, and it apparently can be flown with the canopy removed. For more on this interesting development, check out www.Sam-Aircraft.com. The company is evidently named after the son of Thierry Zibi, the president and CEO of Sam Aircraft, and operates out of Lachute, Quebec. The developers told me that they have plans to offer the product in kit form or ready-to-fly. I guess it would be wise to see how the aircraft performs before putting money down, but it's certainly an interesting looking bird.

Green1 flying trike
First flight of the Green1 flying trike

Kathy Lubitz, president of the Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada, sent me information about a Canadian first in aviation that occurred just before the end of the year. An electric trike, aptly named Green1, flew at the Freedom Flight Park on December 8, 2012, near Lumby, British Columbia. Check out the website. Randy Rauck sent out the news, and it was published in the January 2013 issue of Light Flight. You can read more about the flight and the specs on the various configurations, and you can see the first flight in the video below.

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