Rigid wings had good showings at recent competitions and their participation in places with stronger conditions has revealed the value of a fixed tail. Aeros has also fitted sleek winglets to their Stalker 2. My guess is more controlling surfaces are headed our way. Some pilots have even made the normally fixed tails moveable.
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Novice buyers often seek assistance but even experienced pilots can become swayed and end up purchasing the wrong aircraft for their needs and desires. Many years ago, at the beginning of my career writing articles in light aviation, I made a similar attempt to help hang glider pilots choose the right glider.
Some weeks after the article was published, I discovered that most buyers who answered the questions tended to end up with the same wing — a Kestrel, designed by Tom Peghiny the current director of Flightstar.
The Kestrel was a fine, state-of-the-art glider but no model is perfect for everyone. The error was generated by my own personal desires. Since I tried to help readers pick one and one only glider, I inadvertently lead most pilots to the one I would have chosen. The article, which appeared in the very first issue of Ultralight Flying! Instead of the one perfect choice, I will try to help you limit your possibilities to a few aircraft that may meet your desires. Good luck and happy shopping!
They want me to use my experience to help them choose the right aircraft. While these pilots may not get the chance to fly all the aircraft that interest them, it is equally true that I simply cannot tell them the one and only aircraft that is best for them. To try would be a disservice. Instead, what I will attempt below is to create a series of questions that can help you reduce the range of possibilities enough that you end up with a small number of light aircraft from which to choose.
Doing so means devising the right questions and then correctly rating the aircraft. Your responses should match those on the chart and lead you toward the correct aircraft. More experienced tricycle pilots might be ready to try taildraggers but newer pilots may be best advised to stay away from them.
No matter how well I do my job, I may not be able to help you correctly. The total number of questions and responses amounted to nearly 2, entries.
The subtleties of judging each characteristic is a subjective task, and I may change my mind later. As I can work with the reference chart over the years, I should be able to refine the process. In this article, you are reading the first attempt. All I can do is offer my best advice.
You should also seek out other qualified help like your instructor, a local expert, or national association, any of whom may be willing to render advice on the advisability of aircraft.
One person who may not give you unbiased advice, though, is the seller of any aircraft. Use care. Take your time. Using the Questionnaire and Chart Together All questions are multiple choice. It is important that you answer honestly. If you fool yourself with the answers, you will almost surely be directed toward the wrong aircraft. The answers are intended to let you show your individuality but they cannot make you into something you are not. You must be yourself in the question responses.
How should you begin? First, answer all the questions. You might circle your responses. While your responses to the Pilot questions may remain constant, your Aircraft responses can change to reflect the different appeal of varying models.
Second, by visiting airshows or by using a buyers guide or directory such as Published in Experimenter MagazineAeroCrafter, Ultralight Flying!
If you use a marker and highlight those models in the chart, you can focus on your interests and see how your selected models meet your needs.
The chart itself is dense reading of columns of numbers. Yet the responses will take meaning when you apply them to aircraft that interest you. Third and after highlighting the chart with your preliminary selections, compare your responses to those listed on the chart for each model that interests you. You might circle the chart responses when they match your own. Any aircraft with a large number of circles may fit your needs.
Later this year, I hope to post an electronic version of this chart on the website www. As you answer questions online, a list of matching aircraft will be formed by a database manager, automatically and transparently. Good luck and safe flying! Q7- Does your local area dictate special requirements?
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Novice buyers often seek assistance but even experienced pilots can become swayed and end up purchasing the wrong aircraft for their needs and desires. Many years ago, at the beginning of my career writing articles in light aviation, I made a similar attempt to help hang glider pilots choose the right glider. Some weeks after the article was published, I discovered that most buyers who answered the questions tended to end up with the same wing — a Kestrel, designed by Tom Peghiny the current director of Flightstar. The Kestrel was a fine, state-of-the-art glider but no model is perfect for everyone.