Building an ultralight airplane yourself is one of the most exciting, yet pretty achievable things you can do to achieve your dream. If you think you need a master's degree in engineering and construction genius, you are wrong. People like me and you build ultralight airplanes every day. And yes, they fly on them !
So how do you go?
Purchase Construction Plans
You can purchase plans online even in download able format. The prices rare exceed few hundreds (and often are under $100), but the plans contain everything you need. Preferably, get plans with full size drawings to you can avoid inaccuracies in resizing. Make sure that the plans contain a complete list of materials and sources so you an save time looking around.
You can also use a partial kit
Some companies offer partial trial kits. This is an excellent way to gain some experience and expertise and later decide if you want to purchase the kit or just continue building only by the plans. The trial kits of course are much cheaper than the complete ones and take less time to be built. Most companies also provide free phone support.
How much time is it going to take?
For someone with skillful hands building an ultralight airplane from scratch will take 1500 - 2000 hours. Count 2500 if you are not that good in working with tools. If you want to do things faster, just purchase a kit. With a good kit you'll build your ultralight airplane for 250 - 300 hours. Just don't let bias to keep you away from your dream. Building an ultralight airplane yourself is not only possible, it is fun.
If you are the type of person who is a thrill seeker and loves to push boundaries, recreational aviation may be your new favorite hobby. Although it does involve extreme studying and a lot of instructional lessons, you could easily get your aviation license in a fair amount of time. For any adventurer, flying a plane could be the newest high. The adrenaline that rushes throughout your body when you excel into the sky is the most exhilarating moment for any newcomer. For this reason, recreational aviation is on the rise.
When you sign up for aviation lessons, you must know that the age requirement is sixteen. This number generally surprises people, as you’d think that teenagers can barely drive a car, let alone an entire airplane! Another surprising factor is that the only other requirement consists of a medical checkup from the Aviation Medical doctor. With barely anything holding you back from participating, it is a very easy process to start your aviation training.
When you first start your classes, you will go on an instructional flight. Here the instructor will tell you about the ins and outs of flying, as well as things that may go wrong when you are in the air. While it is terrifying to think that something could happen, it is imperative that you know what to do in life threatening situations. Once the instructor shows you what you’ll be doing throughout the course, you will learn about aviation supplies and aircraft supplies. Aviation supplies are important to know because if you do not know what makes up a plane, chances are you won’t be able to navigate it.
With a David Clark headset in hand, your instructor will guide you throughout the lessons. For most beginners, it usually takes a good amount of time before you are able to fly solo. Once your instructor is confident that you know about aircraft supplies and technique, he will send you on a long flight. In order to obtain a recreational aviation license, one must complete at least thirty hours of air training. Although this does not sound like a lot, the majority of aviation students work hard at learning everything, even if it is simple things like aircraft supplies and David Clark headsets.
Recreational aviation is an exciting adventure for anyone who dreamt of being a pilot when they grew up. We all thought about flying airplanes and taking long flights to exotic destinations. Who knew that we could actually accomplish that? Even though programs tend to be very expensive and charge by the hour, there are training schools that will help you pay for it in installments. Unexpectedly, a lot of flight instructors will even take your budget and tell you how much you can get done. It is fascinating to think that anyone with a dream and skill can complete recreational aviation training. In some ways, this is a terrifying thought.
The airline's managing director, Michael McTighe disclosed this yesterday in a press conference to mark the first anniversary of the airline, which started operations last and said that the airplanes with registration no. 5N-MJE, would arrive Lagos next month.
He told newsmen that as part of the airline's long term commitment to the nation's aviation industry, the airline has placed orders for a total of 36 aircraft.
McTighe that the orders include five Boeings 777 and seven Boeing 787-900, adding that the airplanes would be deployed on the airline's intercontinental routes, "thus restating our belief that we are a strong partner in the process of restoring confidence in Nigerian aviation both at home and abroad."
The Arik Managing Director announced that a one week special anniversary fare of N10, 000 would be charged on all routes, with the exception of Port Harcourt route.
He also stated that plans have reached advanced stage for the take-off of the Arik Aviation Academy to address the issue of acute shortage of skilled aviation personnel in Nigeria .
"As we roll out the drums to celebrate our first anniversary, we restate our commitment to run a safe, reliable and efficient airline that Nigerians will be proud of."
McTighe said that it is the number one commercial airline in Nigeria today, remarking that Arik operates more flights that its closest competitor.
"We operate from 12 Nigerian airports; we operate seven domestic routes and in our fleet are eight brand new aircraft."
Arik Air is a wholly Nigerian airline, which started operate on April 3, 2006 . It took occupation of the former Nigeria Airways Limited facilities in Lagos , which is its headquarters.
Airbus estimates Air India requiring at least 12 A380s in their fleet in the next three to four years,company executives said.
"According to our studies, the A380 will be ideal for Air India. There can be at least 12-13 such aircraft in their fleet" said Airbus CEO, John Leahy, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a press meet.
Factors working for the aircraft he said were its fuel efficiency among other things. The A380 burns 2.9 litres of ATF every 100 kilometres per kilometre.
Air India has been considering both the A380s and the 747-8 the two superjumbo aircraft from Airbus and Boeing respectively. Till now, Kingfisher is the only Indian carrier to order for 5 A380s, delivery of which will begin from 2010-11.
Kingfisher plans to use it for its long haul operations to the US.
Talking about their sales Kiran Rao, president, Airbus (India) said that, they had a 70 per cent share in terms of the new aircraft orders including passenger and cargo aircraft. The estimate was that India would require 1,100 aircraft worth 105 billion dollars in the next 20 years, he said and added that the company was also focusing on the country's cargo market which would see a 75 per cent growth in the next four years, said Rao.
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OSLO, Norway. A helicopter crashed into a tanker truck loaded with diesel fuel on Monday, and, in a narrow escape, all three people aboard the aircraft survived, police said.
The small helicopter slammed upside down into the cab of the truck and just missed its tank, which was carrying 7,000 liters (1,850 gallons) of flammable diesel fuel, said the district police's operations leader, Rune Arneberg.
There was no one inside the truck, which was parked at a construction site.
"It's pretty incredible," Arneberg said by telephone from the southeastern Norwegian town of Sarpsborg. He said there had been no fire and no leak from the fuel tank.
Arneberg said all three men aboard climbed out of the wreckage on their own. One of them then lost consciousness and was flown to Ullevaal Hospital in Oslo for examination, although his condition was not immediately known, Arneberg said.
He said the pilot suffered minor injuries and that the third person aboard was unhurt.
The four-seater helicopter, a Robinson R44, had been sent up to film the construction site. Arneberg said the cause of the crash remained to be determined.