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Ultralight Airplane Flight

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Ultralight Airplane Flight
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I guess this is the risk you take flying something with a lawn mower engine for power.
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usatracy
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 8 Posts
Friday, December 16, 2005 2:24:55 AM
IF YOU WATCH THE VIDEO YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THE VIDEO SHAKE AS THE WING STALLS, AT THIS POINT THE PLANE IS NOT DEVELOPING LIFT BECAUSE THE PLANE IS NOT GOING FORWARD FAST ENOUGH TO GENERATE LIFT AND THE PLANE WILL FALL LIKE A ROCK FOR 50 FEET UNTIL IT GAINS AIRSPEED TO RECOVER, BUT YOU CAN'T FALL 50 FEET TO RECOVER IF THE TREES ARE 10 FEET BELOW YOU. PILOT ERROR. FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER ALTITUDE FROM FLIGHT OBSTACLES. THE WING STALL SHUDDER HAPPENS AT ABOUT 39 SECONDS INTO THE VIDEO JUST BEFORE THE PLANE FALLS INTO THE FIRST TREE. I ROUTINELY STALL MY PLANE WHICH IS THE SAME MAKE AND MODEL AND THIS IS THE SAME SHUDDER I EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO STALL RECOVERY. IF YOU LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY YOU CAN HEAR THE ENGINE RUNNING LEAN AND OUT OF FUEL 2 FULL SECONDS BEFORE IT ACTUALLY CUTS OFF. ALL HE HAD WAS WHATEVER FUEL WAS IN THE LINES AND IN THE CARB FLOAT BOWL. THAT`S ENOUGH FOR ABOUT 2 MINUTES OR LESS FLIGHT TIME.

usatracy
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 8 Posts
Friday, December 16, 2005 2:15:15 AM
ive seen the build it urself kit for a helicopter version of this. maybe he shouldve tried that xP

THERE IS NO BUILD IT YOURSELF HELICOPTER VERSION OF THIS. THIS IS AN ESTABLISHED QUICKSILVER MX, SAFELY FLYING SINCE 1980 WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN THE AIR AND THE LOWEST ACCIDENT RATE OF ANY UL EVER MADE.


usatracy
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 8 Posts
Friday, December 16, 2005 2:13:11 AM
Wow, that had to hurt. I don't know why the
camera stopped when it did. It was just getting
to the RealTV type footage. When you try to defy
gravity, sometimes gravity wins.

THE CAMERA KEPT ROLLING BUT AS AIMED DOWNWARD TO THE ROAD SURFACE. CAN`T SEE ANYTHING BUT CAN HEAR THE AUDIO OF HIM MOANING AND APPROACHING RESCUE.


usatracy
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 8 Posts
Friday, December 16, 2005 2:11:51 AM
Also, I noticed that immediately after the engine sound died, you could see the man trying desperately to pull back on the control stick, indicating a complete loss of control surface. Probably structural failure.

YOUR ASSERTION IS 100% INCORRECT. THERE WAS NO STRUCTURAL FAILURE.


usatracy
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 8 Posts
Friday, December 16, 2005 2:11:00 AM
I am a cessna pilot and have flown ultralights as well, and judging by that video, either he panicked or there was structural damage to the wing surface(s). You can't see it off camera, but maybe the engine died as a result of the wing failing and getting caught in the propeller. I only say this because the ultralights as well as cessnas have a decent glidepath under no power, and they have a pretty low stall speed. That guy looked like he dropped like a stone.

YOUR ASSUMPTION IS INCORRECT. NO STRUCTURAL FAILURE. PULLING THE STICK BACK ON A STALLED WING DOES NOTHING. FLYING NEAR STALL SPEED OVER TREE TOPS WITH THE FUEL TURNED OFF IS NOT A GOOD THING TO DO. CAN`T GLIDE OVER TOP OF TREES 5 FEET BELOW YOUR WING.


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