TheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2291 times:
This afternoon I took an intro flight where they teach ultralight flying lessons. It was so fun! I've never seen such a short runway, it was only 800 feet. We went up for about 45 minutes and climbed the thermals up to about 4500 feet. It was surprisingly smooth compared to what I thought it would be. There were few bumpy areas where I lost my stomach, and the landing was very exciting. I'm considering taking lessons and getting certified to solo. I want to know, is anyone else here interested in flying ultrlights or hang gliders? I want to know what your experiences are.
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
Well, you can't argue with the price per hour for U/L, but safety safety safety.
Things are getting better as I understand it, you did survive today's flight after all.
My problem is akin to nervousness with rotor flight.. there's just not that much to it to hold it in the air..Irrational I know. If someone offered me a flight in a just flight checked out NOTAR, I'd probably do it, but Ultralights just give me the willies
TheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
You're right, it is a matter of price vs. safety. What's funny is that the aircraft cost a good 30-50k for top of the line -- still out of my price range!
It was surprising how much it felt like flying in a cessna. The take-off was much different though. A crosswind of 10mph (which is what we had) feels like it's 30mph. Give it full throttle and 10 seconds later, you're up in the air. It was really quite a rush during take-off. Landing was even better. The pilot sort of dived in toward the runway off a right traffic pattern and there was the gound rushing right up at you. Then at the last second, he flared and touched down to a very smooth landing. I can see why they do it, as it is quite exciting.
Allstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
BTW, that was ridiculous that one guy called you out for posting this in civil av. Just because The Coz is a jokester doesn't mean he can't post legit stuff on the "serious" forum. I was impressed, and thought the other guy could use a little flame for that.
And, yeah, cool pic, and riding the thermals up sounds cool, too.
Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
I used to fly Hang Gliders until marriage got in the way. When your nearest site is 60 miles away and you are not too sure on the weather, they start to object that you take a whole day out, especially when you don't fly.
That said, Hang and Para gliding are probably the purest forms of flying. You don't need any help to get airbourne. To stand at the top of a hill,take a few steps to get in the air and a few minutes later touch the clouds is a brilliant experience. Then to fly several miles across country using you own abilities and skills just completes it. You don't get many better experiences in life. Some say sex is better, but it doesn't matter how good you are, it doesn't last as long as hang gliding
The question of safety is always raised and I have hurt myself once or twice. I have also hurt myself just as bad playing football etc so its no different. Like most things in aviation, if you obay the rules you will be okay. If your equipment is maintained in good condition you won't have any problems and Hang Gliders are extremely well built these days. They may look flimsy but they can take a lot of stress. People who criticise them tend to think of them as made from bamboo and polythene (which the first ones were). The current distance record for a Hang Glider is 700Km and height gain is over 4000 meters. If they can fly that far and high they must be good.
Microlites are subject to more scrutiny and regulation. The CAA/FAA etc wouldn't put up with them if they were flying death traps. They are an excellent way to fly under power and it is relatively cheap and really convenient. You can keep it at home and if the mood takes you, you just hitch it up to the car and off you go to you nearest field (owner permitting of course).