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Baumgartner Jump Record Broken

Well, this one sneaked up on us. While Felix Baumgartner made a big song and dance about his record-breaking jump (no put-down intended), Google Senior VP Alan Eustace has broken Baumgartner’s record by jumping from a helium filled balloon 135,890 feet over New Mexico. Baumgartner’s record jump was from 128,000 feet. Eustace did all the […]

Star Wars Stuff

Honestly, this blog becomes less about ultralights than, well, I dunno any more. I guess if you’re still checking the site out, you must find something of interest here. For example, remember that sequence in Star Wars…. the “speeders”, like a cross between motorcycles and Marty McFly’s hoverboard? Yeah, it gets the adrenaline going doesn’t […]

Brisbane Airspace restrictions 11th-18th Nov 2014

A newsletter arrived in my email inbox this morning from Rob Knight of the Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club Inc regarding temporary airspace changes in the Brisbane area during the G20 Summit to be held on 11th – 18th November. Thank you Rob. If you plan to do any flying around Brisbane whilst the G20 […]

Tornadoes of the UK Kind

Speaking of Tornadoes, as I did in my last post, I’m sitting here today watching a Tornado fighter doing practice runs against a target down on Salisbury Plain. Not, I hope, Stonehenge. Here, by the way, is on our new narrowboat “Harlequin” at Devizes Marina in Wiltshire. Yes, if you’re interested in some of our […]

Pssst! Want to Buy a Harrier?

Yes, folks, one lucky gentleman has bought himself a Falklands War veteran 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier; a steal at only £105,800. And a woman Tornado pilot bought herself a 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 for £36,800. Details here: Fighters Auctioned. It might cost a little more to operate than your average Drifter, though.     

MH17

Apologies, again, for a non-ultralight post… And please excuse my slightly philosophical ramblings. If you’re like me, you often watch the in-flight map on the screen in front of you when travelling internationally. And many times have I wondered just why we were flying over areas which are known hotspots. Just 5 weeks ago, Sandra […]

Boeing 787-9

I received a few emails this morning about the Boeing 787-9 and it’s presumed aerobatic abilities. Some people even questioned that the video they saw was real. Apparently, it was. Here’s the original link I was sent: Time video And here’s another video from the Sydney Morning Herald: SMH Video Looks fairly convincing to me. […]

Scott Winton

Another article reproduced by kind permission of Arthur Marcel, about ultralight aviation pioneers, this time about Scott Winton. Please click on the box at the top right of the post to view with Google Docs. Thank you Arthur.     

In Case You’re Sometimes Tempted….

Here’s a photo and text emailed to me recently. Don’t try this at home, kiddies! Sometimes the regulatory authorities seem to over-do the restrictions on pilots at Airshows, Races and Displays. There are some sound reasons they do this. A review of the fatal crashes at such events in the last ten years is sobering. […]

LGT Stratos History

Another article reproduced by kind permission of Arthur Marcel, about ultralight aviation pioneers, Charles and Helena Ligeti. Please click on the box at the top right of the post to view with Google Docs. Thank you Arthur.