- Apr 19, 2021
- Grapeview WA. USA.
My last UL was a Quicksilver MX on a set of fiesta floats. It used a CHT/EGT, a Snazzy ball compass and a hang glider type variometer. For an ASI and tach I used my beard and ears. Flying the Olympic peninsula presents some particular challenges. Terrain often goes from sea level to 5000 feet and back down again in the space of 20 miles Wind and weather can change instantly. The MX was a hoot to fly but its use was constrained to the bays and inlets on a calm day. I am hoping to use the UC for crossing the peninsula. Some "little big plane" tools may be required. Just kidding about the attache case but inventive ways to pull an end run around 254 are of interest to many.A "classic six pack" for an UL? A Quicksilver MX normally had a clamp on tube airspeed indicator, a combo CHT/EGT gauge, a tach, and maybe an altimeter (and if you were really well equipped one of those snazzy little ball compasses that mount on the dash of your car). The lack of any of those would not "cause some real problems". Flying a UL really is a seat of the pants sort of thing that doesn't require "big airplane" tools.