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Old 07-14-09, 02:21 PM   #1
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Learning to fly

I was thinking of learning to fly and was wondering which forms allow one to carry a folding bike. Specifically I am looking at ultralights, trikes, paragliding, parasailing. Do any of these let you carry a 30 lb bike? Or would I have to learn to fly a plane to carry this?
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Old 07-14-09, 03:24 PM   #2
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It all depends on the MTOW (Maximum Take-Off Weight), i.e. empty weight of aircraft, plus fuel/oil, plus pilot plus 30 lb bike.
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Old 07-14-09, 03:24 PM   #3
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30lb? Think less than 20lb. Find out the "lift" of the aircraft.
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Old 07-15-09, 10:29 PM   #4
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How about the new class of light sport planes. You would have to get at least a recreational pilots license to fly those. I have a friend that flies a paraglider when he is not in a 727. He likes it a lot. Your big problem is going to be stowage space. Most ultralight or parasail type aircraft dont have baggage compartments. Maybe with a two seater you could strap it into the second seat.
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Old 07-16-09, 08:26 AM   #5
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Strida looks very similar to the steering triangle of hang gliders. With a clever mod, you can have an hang glider whose streering triangle coverts to a Strida like bike.

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