What is It? - A machine that will get you up for that lifetime experience that you've only ever dreamt of!
It's a Krucker Cygnet, an FAA certificated Wsc (weight shift controlled), S-LSA (special light sport aircraft). Commonly called a "Trike", it's basically a super hanglider wing with a power unit and carriage attatched instead of a pilot's personal harness.
There are three wheels, hence "trike" and what makes this particular trike really unique are its pontoons, which allow for water operations and classisfies it as an "Amphibian" or "Amphib" for short.
So, yes, it can take off from land or water and drive or as pilots say "taxi" anywhere!
How do I Sign Up? - Email FlyTheBoat.com or call 850-324-4359 Bookings are made on a first come basis and I will do all I can to accommodate, but safety first. Usually, mornings and evenings are best due to calm conditions.
I'll do my best, but PLEASE be patient if I don't get back immediately.
Is there a weight limit? - Yes, anyone over 250 lbs. must contact for details prior to booking as special circumstances apply.
What Should I wear? - That depends on the weather, season and time of day. It's best to use common sense and be prepared. Bring a jacket just in case in the spring, summer's are shorts/tshirt, thermals if its winter time. No unsecured flip-flops or any loose articles that could blow away and go through the propeller. No phones, cameras or anything loose. I have a gopro for pictures.
What if BAD WEATHER rolls in? - Safety is always the priority, so if the pilot thinks the forecast or conditions are suspect, the flights will be cancelled and re-scheduled. This is why it is important that I have a contact number where you can be reached to communicate "Go / NO-Go" decisions.
NO SHOW FEE?- Yes, there are some people who fall short on the integrity scale.
There will be a $100 Non-Refundable "NO Show" fee.
Do we fly at the same time? - It is one at a time. The aircraft is for 2, that's me the Instructor and one other person per flight. Others await their turn onshore.
Is there an age limit? - 12 year olds are usually big enough and more importantly, MATURE ENOUGH to be alone in the back seat. Parent or guardian must sign for anyone under 18 years of age.
Waiver form? - Yes, don't we all love our litigious world. Anyone flying will be required to sign a release waiver prior to the flight.
How High Does It Go? - The basic discovery can be 2000' or higher. A Sport pilot is limited to 10,000'; a Private pilot to 18,000' and the machine depends on the engine. This one will go to nearly 14,000' with engine power alone as it has a 100HP four stroke, Austrian made Bombardier-Rotax 912ULS engine. Even a hanglider, with no engine can climb to 18,000' using naturally occurring lift. But we will NOT go those heights. I usually go about 1000 ft.
How Fast Does It Go? - The average trim speed (hands off cruise) is about 45MPH or 40KTS.
How Far Can It Go? - That depends mainly on the wind and other factors. The Cygnet has a 12 Gal tank and could travel about 200 miles under ideal conditions, but the machine isn't built for transportation and speed. Althought it can go places, it is made for l ow and slow wind in your face REAL Flying FUN!!
How Much Does an Aircraft Cost? ) - That of course depends on many options and features included, mainly the engine, which is often half the price. These FAA certified S-LSA N-Numbered Units are between 40K - 60K+ and are proudly made in the U.S.A. The beauty of the Cygnet is that no hangar or associated fees are required! I just park it next to the house. Can I buy one? Yes, you can. Contact me personally. Jeff Bell 850-324-4359 www.KruckerSales.com
How Much Does It Cost? (Pilot License) - The Sport Pilot certificate requires less training hours than the Private Pilot Certificate and so the cost is relatively lower. Specifically 15hr dual and 5hr for a Sport License, which lets you carry a passenger and fly up to 10,000'. Total costs can be between 2K and 6k dollars depending on previous experience, learning ability and other factors. More info available at www.sportpilot.org or http://sportaviationcenter.com/pilot-training/wsc-trike-training-costs/
Suggested Reading Materials:
Logbook (for logging your flights)
FAA Weight-Shift Control Flying Handbook
Sport Pilot Checkride (by ASA)
Test Prep book or Software for FAA Knowledge/Written Exam (Both Gleim and ASA make good books)
FAA Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for WSC
FAA FAR/AIM (get most recent year)
FAA Aeronautical sectional chart for the area you will train in
FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Training Syllabus and Work Book for WSC (By Adventure Productions)
Manufacturer’s Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) for the aircraft you will use for the Practical test
Say Again, Please – Guide to Radio Communications (ASA- optional but very good book!)