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The Ultralight Experience

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Wayne Bressler
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 3/21/2010 22:33:38

The following is an excerpt from my website, www.taildraggersinc.com - hence the tricycle reference...  Enjoy!

The Ultralight Experience

When I was a younger man, I used to spend my days clicking through AOL looking for anything I could find that related to aviation. They used to have the only active web presence of hang glider pilots, and I often dreamed one day I'd learn to fly a big kite. My grandfather was awestruck by hang gliders, and I still have his old books with all the pictures from the early days of sky surfing.

As I'm sure you're all aware, ultralights evolved from hang gliders, so I consider my interest in the less than 254 lb segment of aviation to be nothing more than natural evolution.

I can hear the cries now, "But those are tricycle geared! They don't belong here!" Well, let me 'splain something to you. Warbirds are neat, but to me... Meh.

Ultralights? Giggiy-giggity.


Where am I going with all this babbling? Okay, if you have even a passing interest in things that fly, you will be won over by Jim McKay's "The Ultralight Experience". A photo journal of one man's 1980's endeavor into the world of light flight, the website is nothing short of inspiring. You'll learn all about things you never wanted to know. Disco camping, airgasms, doodahs, wedgies, cloud parties, and flying to the edge of the world. Somewhere in all of this, you'll fall in love with aviation all over again. I did.

I found Jim's website way back when, and I come back to it when I feel like I need a new awakening. The photos and stories shake my consciousness and remind me of all the reasons I love flying and aviation. At the end it all, it doesn't really matter what you fly. All that's truly important is that you fly.


Tricycles are for babies. Taildraggers, Inc. www.taildraggersinc.com
Seth Jackson
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 5/26/2010 14:41:54

Really good! I am 17 years old and I am working on getting my private license. Right now, I am interested in ultralights so I can have something to putt around in on a nice weekend (because you do not need a license to fly a single place ultralight). I go to Airventure every year and most of the time, I look at the ultralights. When I go this year, I am going to talk to some ultralight folks out there and hang out around them.