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Private Pilot Flying Ultralights

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Alec Stelloh
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#1 Posted: 9/28/2010 20:51:52

Hey i'm a private pilot and want to get into ultralights. I'm in the SE Wisconsin Area. I'm sure there really isn't any to rent but if you know of anything let me know. Also I believe I need to get checked out in a ultralight right if not great but I would still like a flight with someone with some experience just so I can get the feel? I'm thinking something along the lines of a Kolb. Why ultralights when i'm a Private Pilot? Simply because I think I would enjoy flying more in the local area and I can rent a Cessna if I want to do an long XC.


Thanks

Alec Stelloh



Charlie Becker
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#2 Posted: 9/29/2010 08:47:33

Alec,

There was a really good webinar on transitioning from "GA to LSA" that I think you would enjoy.


I struggled with the transition because I didn't get the fact that these high drag aircraft go from flying to not flying really fast once you chop the power.  You don't float in ground effect like a Cessna.  So you are doing the right thing getting some dual.  You'll love it once you figure it out..




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Lanny Fetterman
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#3 Posted: 10/11/2010 08:11:53

You can go to kolblist@matronics.com introduce yourself and ask it there are any Kolb pilots in your area that would give you a ride in their Kolb. Kolb makes GREAT aircraft kits.



Guy Baker
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#4 Posted: 11/15/2010 21:25:14

Alec,

I'm a PPSEL too and I miss my little Fisher 505. It had a 1/2 VW and was absolutely beautiful. It flew fantastic. In fact it's on the Fisher site-it's the white one with a red stripe on the fuse. Nothing more fun than cruising around at 60mph with the wind in your face and the smell of avgas in the air-all at about 2gph! Wow, now I'm really bummed I sold her. As for transition training, you should be fine. Just remember your energy management. Since you'll be flying a plane that weighs 1/3rd of a C150 you need to be aware that when you pull the power it'll want to stop! However, it does make you use your primary training of pitch, power, etc. Have fun and be safe!!!



Dave Zichek
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#5 Posted: 11/28/2010 13:53:23

If you decide to purchase an ultralite get one with a conventional design rudder and elevator in the back a pusher will give you the best control on windy days.

Dave Zichek



Andy Machovsky
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#6 Posted: 12/12/2010 23:31:25

I have a 1983 Weedhopper I bought for $500. For thrill of flight I just love to fly it.  I have heard good things about the Kolbs. Fly more like real airplanes. I am a commercial pilot/Pitts owner. But just for the fun of it without the expense, the ultralights have it. I do get a kick out of venders at fly-ins though that sell products that will REALLY upgrade the performance of an ULTRALIGHT!!!!????? Get caught up in that mindset, and the fun factor goes away.