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  ISSUE 3  MARCH 2011  
From the Editor
Old Dog Learns New Tricks
By Dan Grunloh, Editor, Light Plane World

I just bought a new ultralight. Not a full-size man-carrying version, but instead a tiny 0.6-ounce indoor radio-controlled model airplane. Years of flying weight-shift trikes had lulled me into forgetting all the forces that can be unleashed when you have a propeller in the front, a tail in the back, all-flying tail surfaces, and plenty of power. Simply avoiding the hangar walls is a humbling experience at first. Read more

Dan Grunloh
Green Acres
A Simple Guide to Aviation Citizenship
By Helen Woods
Becoming a certificated pilot is all about earning the privileges to operate a flying machine, to "slip the surly bonds of earth" and experience the freedom of the birds, and to take your best friend out for the proverbial "$100 hamburger" in another state with only a short hop, right? Well, maybe at its most basic level, but being a pilot is really about much more. It's about becoming a citizen of the worldwide aviation community. Read more Helen Woods
Light Plane News
Airborne Australia to Reveal New FAR 103 Trike
Hang glider and trike manufacturer Airborne Australia has announced it will introduce a new FAR 103 single-seat trike at the upcoming Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, and at the nearby Wallaby Ranch hang gliding resort. The Thermalite trike is powered by a four-stroke Bailey engine and was designed for a pilot weight up to 242 pounds.  Airborne Trike
Photos of the new trike have yet to be released, so details may vary from the early prototype shown here. Read more
Finding a Rotax Maintenance Technician Now Easier
Eric Tucker, founder of the Rotax Flying & Safety Club (RFSC), has completed updates to webpages for the official listing of the independent Rotax maintenance technician (iRMT) training program.  IRMT Logo
Rotax engine owners can use this new tool to search by country, state, or city to find one of the nearly 500 trained service and maintenance technicians that comply with the iRMT program along with contact information for 65 independent repair centers (iRCs). Read more
Wisconsin Light Aviation Seminar This Month
The 18th annual Light Aviation Safety Seminar will be held Saturday, March 19, in the Founders' Wing of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The seminar, sponsored by the Wisconsin Light Aviation Advisory Council, EAA, and a host of others, qualifies as an FAA Wings event.   
Registration for the free event begins at 8 a.m., and the subjects covered include airports, airspace, traffic patterns, accident chain of events, and engine maintenance. Read more 
Sun 'n Fun Fly-In Coming With Changes
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, taking place March 29 to April 3 this year, has undergone many changes since it began as a small local chapter fly-in. The warm Florida climate quickly made it a favorite event for ultralight and light plane pilots.  Sun 'n Fun
The current name of the 37th annual fly-in and expo and the scheduled appearance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are testimony to the evolution that has occurred. Ultralight Chairman Dave Piper revealed some of the changes you can expect to see at this year's event. Read more
Trike School With Larry Mednick
Trike instructor, author, manufacturer, and competition pilot Larry Mednick has released a one-hour instructional video on DVD with 12 flying lessons suitable for pilots ranging from novice to advanced. The video-within-video technique depicted in the DVD box cover photo helps demonstrate what's being explained and includes views from the cockpit and from the ground.  Larry Mednick
Trike School With Larry Mednick includes some low-level and action scenes that illustrate why trikes are sometimes called the motorcycles of the air. Read more
Illinois Ultralight / Light Plane Seminar Debriefing
About 150 light aviation enthusiasts, most of them pilots, attended the Illinois Ultralight / Light Plane Safety Seminar held February 26 in Springfield, Illinois. The event included static aircraft displays and vendors of a variety of light aviation goods and services. A pair of newly introduced 100-hp Magni Orion gyroplanes were the top attraction.  UL Seminar
The four seminar topics of the day were personal survival, working with flight service, understanding glass panels, and an introduction to the Jabiru engine. Read more
Sport Pilot Training Should Count Toward Additional Ratings
When the sport pilot regulations were proposed by the FAA in 2002, a statement the proposal made was that training for the new certificate would count toward higher ratings. It was a major inducement toward acceptance of the proposal by the sport flying community. The final rule issued in 2004 confirmed that statement, but a legal interpretation in 2009 has denied it. EAA has joined with other aviation organizations petitioning the FAA to change the regulations. Read more
Around the Patch
Fifi's Big Adventure at AirVenture 2010, Part 3 - Conclusion
Thursday, July 29, 2010. The air was definitely cooler when I crawled out of the Hilton into the morning sun. I decided that afternoon briefings were far more civilized than getting up before dawn and a leisurely morning pace suited gentlemen of a certain age.   Fifi
The powered para-boys had been flying and the fixed-wing boys were taking the field. The pattern was running south so after breakfast Jim Batzli and I strolled up to the north end of the campground to get a better view of takeoffs and landings. Read more 
Who Is Bruce Hawk?
Bruce Hawk might not have been readily recognized at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 because of his hat. For nearly two decades he has been selling wind socks at the major air shows while wearing his trademark weather-beaten cowboy or Panama straw hat. He said he was shamed into replacing his old tattered hat, but the new one isn't broken in yet. Yes, Bruce manufactures and sells a full line of wind socks, but what do you really know about him? Read more Bruce Hawk
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Powered Parachute

  Why do pilots pull their parachute lines down after they land? Answer

Weight Shift Trikes
 Do I need a pilot certificate to fly a two-seat trike? Answer

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From the archives
A Blast From the Past
Experimenter, April 1996

From the ArchivesEAA Ultralight Hall of Fame inductee Mike Loehle displayed a Spad VIII replica powered by a Rotax 503 at EAA Oshkosh 1995. He said the Spad, one of three replicas originally designed by Squadron Aviation, reminded him of his early days flying Easy Risers. Read the article

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