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Ultralight vehicles have long been an affordable way to experience the 3-dimensional freedom and exhilaration of the sky. Join EAA staff member and ultralight and light-plane guru Timm Bogenhagen as he discusses the simple rules of Part 103 and tips for getting started. Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.
Powered Paragliders (PPG) are dreams come true for many, as you literally run into the air when taking off. Join PPG instructor Jon Eisele as he explains the equipment and the basics of flying, maintaining and training in a paramotor. Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.
Part 103 does not limit the configuration of an ultralight vehicle. For example, helicopters can operate under Part 103 as an ultralight vehicle. Learn all about the Mosquito ultralight helicopter produced by Composite FX.
EAA ultralight hall of famer Gene "Bever" Borne has been operating his business Air-Tech; offering sales, service & flight training of Quicksilver Ultralight aircraft since 1977. Tune in and hear Bever talk all about the Quicksilver line of ultralight aircraft, including the new 4-stroke engine option, the Aero 1000 HO.
Rotax 2-stroke engines power more ultralights than any other engine by far. Join Brett Lawton from Leading Edge Airfoils, a Rotax service center as he shares his decades of experience operating and maintaining 2-stroke Rotax engines. Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.
Join CFI Mark Murray as he discusses maintenance and inspection for the Challenger ultralight. Mark will share tips for inspection and maintenance he has learned over the years operating his Challenger II providing flight instruction to students. Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.
Flying clubs are a great way to make flying more affordable and flight training accessible. The Michigan Ultralight Association (MULA) flying club has a M-Squared training aircraft and Quicksilver for club members to use. Chief flight instructor John von Linsowe and club members Scott Skalski and Rick Hayes share their club and ultralight flight training experiences. They'll also discuss Project First Flight Educational Program LLC, a towed glider called the SnapDragon aimed to expose young people to a flight experience of their own pilotage.
Powered Parachutes (PPC) are one of the easiest to learn and relaxed types of recreational flying. Join EAA hall of fame PPC flight instructor and examiner Roy Beissweinger as he shares the details of training and overall beauty of this inherently stable type of flying machine. Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.
There are many benefits of sailcloth covering for ultralights, including it being inexpensive, no painting, and quick installation. Join ultralight sailmaker Malcolm Brubaker from Great Sails as he provides tips for installation, maintenance, cleaning, and repairs for sailcloth covering. Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.
Thinking about buying an ultralight? Join EAA ultralight hall of fame member Dan Johnson, he'll discuss many of the ultralights available today. Dan has been reporting on the ultralight industry over 40 years and continues today thru his website, www.bydanjohnson.com
With a traditional 3-axis control system, folding wings and numerous engine options Badland aircraft ultralight models are familiar to any pilot. Join Chris Deuel owner of Badland aircraft discuss all about this vehicle.
Over the years, some ultralight owners wanting to operate at public airports have been greeted with a cold shoulder and told “No, you can't fly here.” However, the FAA says flying ultralights is an aeronautical activity that can be accommodated at publicly funded airports, given some special considerations. Tom Charpentier from the EAA staff and government advocacy department will help guide ultralight pilots and airport operators to mutual understanding and development of procedures so ultralight vehicles can safely integrate into airport operations. Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.
Routine inspections and proper maintenance are a key part of operating "safely.” Some say safety is a mindset — join long-time ultralight owner and pilot Denny Demeter as he shares his mindset on things he has learned over the years to inspect and maintain your ultralight. Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.
Weight-Shift trikes (WSC) could be described as a motorcycle in the sky. Controlled by shifting weight under the wing hang-point, they have a close connection to the early days of ultralights when hang gliders were powered with small engines so they could rise from level ground. Join legendary WSC instructor Paul Hamilton as he explains the basics of trikes and training fundamentals. Qualifies for FAA WINGS credit.
Two-stroke motors have many advantages over four-stroke motors, and work exceptionally well to power ultralight vehicles. However, like most things, proper inspection, maintenance, and operation are required to ensure a long operational life. Join Brian Carpenter from Rainbow Aviation Services, providers of light-sport repairman training, as he discusses the types of failures that can occur if not inspected, maintained, or operated properly. Qualifies for FAA WINGS and AMT credit.