Monday, August 11, 2008

Yesterday, Sunday 10th August, we decided to fly from our airfield to one at Brantome, about 40 minutes away. We were going with Wim who was flying the Weedhopper, a 3 axis microlight. The only problem was that the Weedhopper flies at about 80 kmh flat out and we fly at about 80 kmh at our slowest speed. That meant that we had to stay behind Wim and had to spend our time going left and right to look at things while he went in a strait line. You will notice in the video that we pass him twice.


At 9:05 pm, Blogger Riggers said...

Yo, Bob...
I thought you looked a bit higher than we would normally fly in the UK: of course we don't have the same heat problems causing turbulence. That said, the old Quantum used to bounce around more that I would like.
The new SkyRanger is VERY tolerant of turbulence by comparison: as a SWIFT model, it has the short wing and the resultant higher loading promotes this tolerance, (or so I'm told). The net result is that it's a lot less disconcerting to fly.
The weedhopper looks almost like an AX3 - any relationship?
WRT your landing: I couldn't see evidence of a windsock, in which case potential rotor from the trees on the left of the thrershold could be 'interesting', shall we say...
..Still nothing to a man of steel like yourself!
Fly safe,

At 9:57 pm, Blogger madman said...

Yes the Weedhopper is a single seat AX3. On the trip there we were at about 2000 to 2500 feet. There is a windsock at that strip but it is 6 foot from the ground and the runway is in a bowl!
There was very little wind on Sunday.

At 5:05 pm, Blogger Kevin said...

Hey, Bob

Technically, the weedhopper is a 2-axis aircraft. It has no ailerons, and the tail does all the work.

I just donated one to a worthy cause...



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