Wow! Sounds scary A mate of mine has one of those things, Rotax 80 HP Trike he won't fly it above 20 kts windDo not have the pics but...
Flying to Calais in my flexwing (see my avatar) in 2009 for the Bleriot centenary flight is the best I have ever managed on airspeed.
The morning was blowing a gale and storms coming up the channel from daybreak and we sat on the ground in Kent watching the weather radar as the sh#t was coming up the channel. By 11 it was looking lke a drop in wind and an hour or two of no rain from midday so two of us took off in close formation - single flight plan and me leading and doing radio.
Radar lied and forecast was no better - the winds did not drop as we arrived in France from over the channel.
Arrived at Calais and on downwind for 24 my airspeed of 58mph but my groundspeed was over 110mph ... turning final my groundspeed was -10mph until I went full power to make it slowly back to the runway - longest time on final in my life.
On touchdown - at more than cruise power - my groundspeed was 0 with power on to not be lown backwards on the runway ... and I added more power to taxi up to exit runway.
You live and learn ... but I was one of nearly 100 microlights that made it safely into Calais that day and flew back to the UK in celebration the following morning ... in glorious still air!
That's sweet! I've had 200 up the clacker but was slowed down due 'traffic', at FL490? Not many operate up there!Just over the 700 Kts coming from WA . 220 Kt's tailwind component. You can notice the difference visually, with that % increase even at FL350. 1/6th of the speed to go into orbit but I even thought I felt a bit lighter. (perhaps OME can help me out there).. MxRxOmega squared I think. Nev
Could reduce a bit at that height, say back to M071. Yeah I know lower traffic hold you up for decent but who's up there in my way anyway?You have no airspeed range to apply at that level either. Too high for the stuff I was driving... You know the lower stuff gets priority anyhow because it's in your way. Nev
LOL - if you didn't go out in wing and low weather in the UK you'd not get any flying in at all.Wow! Sounds scary A mate of mine has one of those things, Rotax 80 HP Trike he won't fly it above 20 kts wind