A little more Aviation History from this corner of the Desert

The history of aviation in this little corner of the desert southwest is truly amazing.  From the early Rodeo Intermediate Airfield to more modern uses of aircraft in the valley aviation has influenced the area since its' inception.  I recently came across this image taken at the Douglas Fairgrounds, circa 1910, of an early monoplane constructed locally.  Probably built by the Douglas flying club it shows several men including W. K. Morrow (in the bowler hat) whose family ranched in the Chiricahuas for many years.  Just reinforces the notion that aviation still has a place here.

A Pearse monoplane in Douglas AZ.  Photo from the Morrow Family website


The Dream of Flight

An new way, and record, for manned flight - with a hover board.

Extreme Trike Flying

Low and fast with a Revo weight shift control light sport aircraft.  The best way to fly.


Air & Space Magazine with Trikes

 A great new article in Air & Space magazine about trikes.  With 2 videos included it is a great way to promote the sport.  Click on the link to read the article.  Contributions by Henry Trikelife and Larry Mednick.

Flying an “air trike” is a lot like riding a motorcyle in the air.

The Green River

A recent posting by Jeff's Flight Log of his flight down the Green River.  Spectacular scenery and good music accompanies the imagery.  About 30 minutes long it is well worth viewing.



Weight Shift Control Light Sport Aircraft in New Mexico

Trike flying in New Mexico. A really nice video of one pilot's view of trike flying in New Mexico.  It is good to see more exposure for this unique form of aviation.


A Bad Idea

The FAA has announced some proposed new rules that will significantly affect light sport aviation.  Basically, they are proposing to limit operations to single seat flights (initially in SLSA aircraft transitioning to ELSA status).  This proposal demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the history of light sport aviation and the requirements for 2 seat operations.  Presented in the disguise of instructions to safety inspectors and DARs the proposed regulations will negatively impact the future of recreational aviation.

For more information see this article in Powered Sport Flying Magazine and to read the proposed FAA document see this link .


The Air Creation Racer is back

After discontinuing the FAA FAR103 compliant single seat Racer awhile back, Air Creation has introduced a new version.  The new Racer renamed the Pixel comes in 2 flavors the XC version and a standard version.  With a 13 sq meter single surface wing it is analogous to the old Fun 14 wing.  The main difference is the power plant.  With the loss of the Rotax 447 a new power plant was required.  Air Creation chose the Polini Thor 250 engine, a single cylinder water cooled 2 stroke to power the Pixel.  Below is a photograph of the aircraft's specifications.

Visit the Pixel website provided by Air Creation USA 

single seat ultralight
Specs on the new Pixel from Air Creation