My description of an ultralight to people who aren't familiar with them is "it's a lawn chair with wings". They understand immediately what I'm talking about. What else would you call a Quicksilver MX?There tends to be a lot of ridicule towards ultralights in my location that comes from GA pilots mostly.
It ranges from the snide comments of "ultra-fright" or "flying lawn chair" all the way to banning them from the airports entirely.
Lucky you have an ultralight chapter. Only 19 left and none in Washingtom.plane" bored of it all. I discovered my local ultralight chapter, and now I'm excited about flying again. They're having a great time, and I'm looking forward to a new adventure.
I think it's the snobbery of those with some sort of a certification or degree.
"You are not a true pilot without a government private pilot certificate" (or ATP)
" You can't design an airplane without an engineering degree"
" You can't build a house if not a contractor"
" You can't inspect an airplane without a mechanic certificate" and on and on...
I consider myself very lucky. We actually have two UL chapters in Wisconsin: UL1, the one I’m in, and UL75 in northern Wisconsin. Super lucky.Lucky you have an ultralight chapter. Only 19 left and none in Washingtom.
I hope the local EAA chapter stays ultralight friendly. I think EAA should somehow incorporate the ultralights in regular chapters. I am considering applying as an Ultralight Tech Counselor. (my idea, none exist yet)
In Canada things are much different than the US. There are two categories of ultralights, the Basic Ultralight Aircraft and the Advanced Ultralight Aircraft. There are differences in weights and in training requirments, and in building and maintenance. A Basic (BULA) can't carry more than one person except for instruction. The Advanced (AULA) has much more restriction in building and maintenance and in the pilot's level of certification. Both types must be registered, and the AULA also gets a C of A. https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-recavi-ultralight-ultransitionstrategy-privileges-2515.htm#pilotFLYRITE is right there is no money in ultralights for the good old boys, so as things are done
some of their buddy's with power, wrote the LSA rules and ran Ultralights off into the sunset they hope.
It was the only part of aviation that was growing for the common man and healthy. And the EAA and AOPO let us down.
Of course we weren't helping our selfs, flying 2 place trainers when we shouldn't have been.
We could have used a little oversite from the FAA, I know no one want's the aircops around, but it may have saved us