I thought you might be interested in the
latest adventures of an old UL pilot.
weeks ago, I rigged up my little fishing boat trailer,
went to Saskatoon , Saskatchewan, to pick up a 2008 Mainair BladeTrike
with 582 Rotax and electric start.
The advertised low hours took me in for sure. I believe
the 54 trike hours to be correct, however I
never checked the wing bag closely
and now find the wing is much older, still in
reasonably good condition, thank goodness.
was to go over every nut and bolt, etc.
Also changed the 2 seat to one, so I could install
shoulder straps for a 4-point configuration. The first
item to correct was an oil change to the C-box. Over the
years I have found a few times where the guys forget to do
the first needed 10-hour gear oil change! This one had lots
of crud at the drain, and the magnet was full of "fines ".
The oil change was way overdue.
I looked up
the ownership history on the Canadian registry,
and the fist owner was very helpful for information needed
prior to a commitment to purchase.
flight was brief, indicated the EGT
gauge not functioning. Was very fast in flight and needed
all my previous years of trike
experience to be comfortable with this much motor power and
a needed faster landing speed. I was at 60 mph in cross wind
with much to spare! My ATF trike cruise is 32-35 mph.
The North Wing Maverick 447 cruise was 45 mph. Some
difference to get comfortable with!
now able to prepare for
a more enjoyable flight, having some idea of what to expect
for performance. You know how
the first flight take-off & landings are apprehensive, and
HOLEY MOLEY, did I just do that!
Sure miss your flights into Procter Field and our early