Lets take a step back and examine the relative market cost of "storage" to see if your premise makes sense.In all the urban area concentrations of the population, a year of hangar costs began to exceed the market value of most ultralights...
IMHO thats just window shopping for things you cant have -- akin to youtube views, YT vloggers begging the 10k viewers to sub to their channel that only has 1k subs currently.See this post. Dan Johnson notes that his earlier articles on the Just 103 Ultralight Aircraft (now on sale in Kit form) was viewed over 350,000 times. Hardly consistent with the OP that UL aircraft have been "killed"
Yes....and if you have ever watched "Storage Wars", you will see that most people do not store their Corvettes and boats. Most is pure, complete junk.
...that people pay thousands and thousands of dollars to keep.
Fair point, but here in beer country having a plane with folding wings means that your hangar rent will probably be lower that a similar plane with non-folding wings. Sometimes folding wings can make the difference between being able to store it inside or outside.I think people get hung up on the wrong "value proposition". A $1500 ultralight will kill you just as quickly as a $150,000 RV-8, and both offer the same "access to the sky". And it is "access to the sky" that you are buying with your hangar rent, just like a membership to a tennis club or golf course. The value of the equipment or your relative skill do not change the cost of entry.
Flying, like any other leisure endeavor, costs money. That cost is either worth it to you or it is not.
BB as you and most glider people know, the "elite" gliders have trailers that are so good, and work so well, that one person can go from road to runway in less than a half hour, and the form-fitted trailer protects and pampers the delicate laminar sailplanes better than a huge hangar would.Elite glider people don't store assembled 18 meter gliders in huge hangars.
They use trailers and still have "access to the sky".
Guess you may have missed Post #9 in this thread?IMHO thats just window shopping for things you cant have -- akin to youtube views, YT vloggers begging the 10k viewers to sub to their channel that only has 1k subs currently. Cheers, Patrick
Dan Johnson says Part 103 sales are exceeding previous years.
"Every producer I know of a Part 103 aircraft is backed up with orders."
First few minutes of this video...
I remember when ultralights were at their most numerous. In that time, I don’t recall ever seeing an ultralight in a hangar at an airport. Certainly, there could have been some. I do recall seeing some in hangars at ultralight flying fields.The lack of portability ( hi hangar costs ) killed ULs imop
I've posted this before so apologies if you've already seen it, but it's relevant (yes, it was my plane):The one well known video (from somewhere back east where the guy takes his Firefly out of the trailer and has no trouble rigging it himself in ten minutes) is the only thing anywhere in the same ballpark as the European stuff. And that's only possible because of the U-joint built in to the Kolb structure.
Right. But that isn't true of the heavy two seaters or especially the super heavy two seat motorgliders. Grob told me 90% of the G109 fleet are kept outside at tiedowns. I kept mine at the airport tiedown here one full year and found the winter weather was a hassle. So it worked best for me to tiedown 5 months each summer. For an ultralight that can be assembled quicker without back strain as the Grob, I would probably take it out to the airport tiedown for a few days at a time and bring it home to stay in the trailer most of the time.the "elite" gliders have trailers that are so good, and work so well, that one person can go from road to runway in less than a half hour, and the form-fitted trailer protects and pampers the delicate laminar sailplanes better than a huge hangar would.