The Changing Face of Trikes.
When I first saw a Trike it didn’t impress me much. It was no more than a hang glider wing with lightweight frame and chainsaw engine strapped to the back. I was not impressed, but this was the era of the ultralight, and that was the way it was. By the way, I never flew in one of those bad boys. At the time I was flying much larger aircraft for the military.
One important thing to remember is the history we have today. Three axis aircraft have over one hundred years of development, whereas Trikes (or “weight shift aircraft”) have only a little over 35 years of development.
Lot’s of Flying at YFT…
The rain keeps coming down, however between the rain there has been some great flying. You can check our Facebook page to see more photos and what we are up to. www.facebook.com/jollyroger6242.
P&M Aircraft at YFT…
Don’t Foreget the CASA Avsafety seminar at Yarrwonga….
Venue is at Club Mulwala, at 6pm on Tuesday 16th of August. Join us there.
Yarrawonga – Aviation Safety Lessons for life – 16 August 2016Yarrawonga – Aviation Safety Lessons for life – 16 August 2016
Anne get to fly in her PulsR…
Thanks Bill. Anne loves her new seat and after the flight today she is a real lover of the PulsR.
The final leg of our journey around Britain 2016. The team arrives back at Kemble, well almost all of us. The weather turns to the worst for the trip so far and the team struggle with low cloud while flying.
Richard Meredith-Hardy, Mike Oakley and Nathan Forster continue in the pilot seats each with a passenger. They make their way from Ince microlight strip to Cotswold airport at Kemble, through breaks in the cloud.
The team sum up on what has been a fantastic trip through England, Scotland and just into Wales. They have taken almost 60 Wounded Injured and Sick military personnel/veterans into the air. They have stopped at many airfields around the country and met lots of people on their way.
They completed the goal they didn’t manage last year of getting from Land’s End to John O’Groats and developed and learned about their own flying abilities in flexwing microlights.
The Flying for Freedom team have again bonded and increased their team work in the air and also on the ground with a superb team of ground support who put their time aside in the summer to help out putting tents up, sorting fuel, ground communications, changes of plans, cooking, prepping food, organising cinemas, organising WIS to come and visit, washing up, driving many hours, and trying to build the press interest around the group to interest future people to sponsor us.
Flying for Freedom was originally setup to fly to the South Pole, Antarctica and has since grown further to do far more with Wounded and injured servicemen and women. There is a core team of pilots and also several others who are learning to fly each year through the charity which is link with Help for Heroes and the Endeavour fund. The plan to continue doing more expeditions in Flexwing microlights to build on the teams piloting skills before trying the South Pole trip in the future.
Check out our website at www.flyingforfreedom.org
The films have been put together by www.perfectviewproductions.co.uk who have been partnered with Flying for Freedom for four years to this point.
The director, cameraman and editor is Kirk Watson and for the first stage of this trip Miles Mallinson from Wired Tree Productions joined Kirk to work as in the air or on the ground cameraman each day and also edited some of the earlier trip films.
The second half of the trip Kirk was joined by Andrew O’Donnell of Beluga Lagoon films to act as cameraman in the air and on the ground which gave some great shots for the last few films from John O’Groats onwards.
The film team used Gorpos, Lumix GH4, Sony FS7, and Sony NX70. Microphones were Sony shotgun mics, Technica radio mics, Rode radio miss and Rode shotgun mic. The films have all been edited on FCP X with colour grading done in Magic bullet looks.
The team head out of Scotland down to Kirkbride Airfield, near Carlisle. Part of the land team head to Aboyne for a film showing so a skeleton crew head south with all the microlights due to bad weather coming into Scotland from the North.
Flying for Freedom plan to fly around the UK over the next few weeks and take injured and wounded service men and women up in flexwing microlights at several stops to give them the experience ours guys get.