Airborne Australia, Airborne XT, weight shift light sport aircraft trike.

Airborne Australia, Airborne XT, weight shift light sport aircraft trike.

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00:13
yeah the trike has officially referred to as a weight-shift control vehicle and that's because you literally shift your weight relative to the wing to fly these things now I happen to have a lot of time in trikes and I love the way they fly there's a lot of pilots who go well isn't it reversed you say you push forward and that slows you down and you pull back and that speed you up isn't that kind of backwards then the truth of it is you have to think about where you are you are the stick in these kind of airplanes
00:45
if you push back that means you're moving your weight to the rear of the airplane that means the nose is gonna come up that's gonna slow you down if you pull forward it means you're moving your weight forward if you pull the bar back it moves your weight forward so it's like pushing the stick forward it sounds counterintuitive but it's actually very simple you know what that's the whole control push forward pull back go right go left and that part's just the way you expect push it to the right you go to the right to push to the left you go to the left so it's
01:15
pretty pretty straightforward kind of airplanes and these things do some great flying they're very durable they handle winds very well they handle turbulence quite well from the ground they look like they're kind of moving around a lot in the air they actually feel very stable and solid and these guys airborne here from Australia has been building these airplanes for a long time they are just about as bulletproof as an aircraft can get this is the XT 912 as we can see behind me here this has got the 912 engine on
01:47
it which gives this thing some impressive performance very brisk climb rates very short ground rolls on takeoff and because it's got a nose wheel brake you can slow this thing down real well if you can pull your camera down and look at these tires you see some big tires on this it can handle some very rough terrain for a sturdy gear this is an airplane to make you may get a lot of use out of in all kinds of conditions on almost any kind of surface well
02:19
typically this one here if you look over my shoulder a little bit you can see the name of the wing it's a little hard to read because of their stylized type but that says streak 3 on it it's the 3rd iteration of this this thing will scoot right along I'm guessing we can do probably about close to 90 miles an hour in this airplane at which point you got to have a full face helmet on for that kind of flying because you're gonna see a lot of air we're open cockpit here we've got a little windscreen around us in a deed that we'll just like on a motorcycle it'll deflect here much more than it looks like the air doesn't come in like this it gets blown up around it over
02:50
here so in the front seat here pretty a pretty low wind but still at those kinds of speeds you're gonna want to use a full face helmet and a helmet in an open-cockpit airplane is a good idea anyway but also a helmet for both occupants means they can communicate through a helmet system so it's really a nice way to handle these kind of aircraft South Africa and with some button pushing and so forth they don't know the power hooked up here because we're at an airshow and we don't want
03:20
people inadvertently starting airplanes and like that but that'll provide all about all the instrumentation you need and of course over here on the left side we've got our airspeed indicator and in an airplane like this you tend to feel what it's doing a lot more that sounds like the kind of thing that takes years to acquire in fact it takes a couple hours of flying in this and you'll start to get the rhythm you almost don't need to look at that but they've got a nice panel arrangement here radio controls and some of these can be decked out with even more stuff if you want it and they do have
03:51
differences in how they do stuff in a moment we'll have a look that way and we'll look at how you trim this airplane you might think a weight-shift wooden trim but in fact they've got trim on it as well yeah for controlling this airplane on the ground first of all it uses a bar push arrangement and and this is this also seems kind of backwards but just like that little toy you had as a kid it gets you get it real quick push right to go left push left to go right sounds backwards but it's really pretty easy plus on the takeoff roll and on initial landing roll you don't move that
04:21
at all really that's for maneuvering on the ramp but the instructor can do that as well I've got my feet up here on these front pedals and that's how I'm making that nose wheel move but there's another bar back here and that's for an instructor who sits behind me puts his feet down here and that way he can help too he can actually do all the controlling of the of the steering on the ground if the student was still learning how that part works in addition he's got throttle up controls as well on the front here the throttle is actually
04:51
just like an accelerator in a car I'm going to move my foot off of that but I could push forward on that independent of the steering bar and that's your throttle so on takeoff you've got your hands busy because you're maneuvering the bar to make sure you get a good takeoff and your roll holding the airplane level so to use a throttle control once you get up you move that to wherever you want it and follow with the hand throttle and then you set it in position just like a regular aircraft the instructor can also do the atom then we've got a couple of curved bars here I said that we're holding them and
05:23
this is by the way this is all tied down so it's secured here we got a windy Sun and fun 2010 going on they've got this secured row well we're gonna want to remove it normally this bar would be right here in the middle and it's just about like this quite comfortable today they've got it tied down but these bars that are hooked onto the main control bar there for the guy in the back when he's doing instructions so that he can easily reach that while this bar the base tube it's called is in the right position for the student so this is a very instructor friendly airplane and they often do that kind of instruction
05:55
for if you're flying it solo a lot or you don't want to do that these are easily removed here just unbolt the what are called the instructor bars you can take those off if you don't deal well this one is sold it's an airborne Australia product so you can go to airborne dot a airborne Australia airborne wind sports dot 8u but in the United States here this one is sold by a few different companies in this case we're looking at the one from floatplanes and n fib Ian's and that's
06:26
kind of a long sounding thing but their website shorts FP in a that's kind of stands for float planes and amphibians FP in a calm and those folks also make some fixed-wing airplanes they do a lot of stuff and they're based right down at Sebring Florida so a visitor website will get you a lot of information I have Dave I've gotten to fly I think every single one of the airborne bottles they make single seaters ones with two-strokes ones with four strokes different wings they got a lot of different combos and I've got many of
06:56
those on my website which is by Dan Johnson calm or BY Dan Johnson calm

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