September 23, 2014

Competition and Events:

Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting -

Saturday, May 24, 2014

2014 US Paragliding Nationals -

Friday, December 20, 2013

Skydive Ultra -

Thursday, October 31, 2013

USA Sends First Parpalegic to Compete at World Skydiving Competition -

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta -

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Air Wars -

Sunday, August 11, 2013

2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships -

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Belite Introduces SeaLite

Belite Introduces SeaLite

Belite has made ultralight aircraft news this week with the presentation of their newest model, the Bealite SeaLite. The single seat, amphibious ultralight aircraft took its first flight on Tuesday in Witchita. James Wiebe, the founder of Belite, said the technology was put into this plane because of customer demand. It started with a man in Wisconsin, but he expects this to become a popular item in coastal areas. Places like Alaska, northern New England, the Great Lakes, and Florida are examples of places he will market the new plane. The plane started as a KitFox Lite, which was then modified greatly…

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Ultralights Holding Resell Value

Ultralights Holding Resell Value

Many enthusiasts who really keep up with ultralight aircraft news and casual flyers alike often wonder about the resale values of their machines. Recent trends in sales and resales show that ultralight keep their resale value very well, especially when compared to other recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, etc. The reasons are simple really. Aircraft owners keep their machines in top running condition and new sales aren’t driven by recent fashion, or new models like many other products. Ultralight aircraft haven’t experienced any major changes or advances in the past years. The 254 lb weight limit…

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Ultralight Pilots to Save the Rhino

Ultralight Pilots Wanted to Save Rhinos

A British ultralightlight pilot has made ultralight aircraft news while urging other microlight enthusiasts worldwide get involved in an effort to help save an endangered species. Pilot Frank Spiniello recently traveled to South Africa and saw many stories about the endangered rhinoceros being illegally poached there. Spiniello was very troubled to learn that there is a large scale operation there that slaughters rhinos for their horns. Newspaper reports there reported that at least four rhinos were recently killed in a private game reserve. South African officials now estimate that two rhinos a day are being killed and so far this…

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Going High Tech Against Ultralight Drug Smugglers

Going High Tech Against Drugs

Enjoying your sport can be a little more challenging when your favorite way to fly also happens to be popular with criminals. If you follow ultralight aircraft news, you’ve probably noticed that ultralights have long drawn scrutiny from U.S. officials concerned about their use by Mexican drug smugglers. The feds upped the stakes with the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012. The Act happens to have been the last piece of legislation sponsored by now-former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — and it rode to easy congressional passage earlier this year, in part out of sympathy and respect for Giffords after…

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Operation Migration 2012

Operation Migration 2012

Flying ultralight aircraft can be the thrill of a lifetime. But for two of the sport’s most celebrated ambassadors, that passion was transformed into an annual celebration of the enduring spirit of wild birds — an act of preservation that took flight again just last week. Pilots Bill Lishman and Joseph Duff are the co-founders of Operation Migration, a non-profit wildlife conservation project that set out to use ultralight aircraft to help preserve migratory birds. In the 1970s, Lishman was the first Canadian to foot-launch and land a powered rigid-wing aircraft; Duff earned his pilot’s license in the unpredictable wilds…

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GoPro Survives 12,500 Foot Fall

GoPro Survives Free Fall

Skydiver Lucas Damn’s helmet-cam made skydiving news when it was knocked out of its casing as he jumped out of the plane in a recent dive. The camera survived the 12,500 foot fall and laid resting in the field capturing a unique view of the skydivers gracefully coming to earth. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to free fall without a parachute – this video captures what it would be like. For two minutes, the camera spins wildly out of control capturing very unique images of the camera’s descent. While the video is spinning wildly during the…

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Coupe Icare 2012

Coupe Icare 2012

If you happen to be in France right now, you’re in for a treat. The Coupe Icare has been the most anticipated air sports event since 1974. Held against the backdrop of the breath-taking Alps, it has proven to be an extraordinary event for not only those into the air sports, but the general public as well. As in previous years, the show is expected to attract over 80,000 spectators throughout a 4-day weekend.  Coupe Icare 2012 is scheduled to run Sept. 20 through 23. The event will feature trade tents, a film festival and numerous air sport related fixtures, including…

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Putin Flies with the Cranes

Putin Flies with Cranes

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired back at his critics after he came under withering attacks in cyberspace for his latest adventure. One would expect nothing less from the Russian leader whose adventurous exploits reached new highs when he took the controls of an ultralight aircraft at a research center to lead a training flight for sheltered cranes. The Flight of Hope experiment is a worthy mission as scientists there are trying to breed and restore the population of Siberian cranes. Only about 3,000 of these birds remain in the wild. Part of the project involves using the ultralights with pilots…

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Belite Aircraft Named 2010 Grand Champion Ultralight

The 2010 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland Florida attracts over 150,000 pilots and aviation enthusiasts from all over the USA and more than 80 other countries. This year, the expo has named the Belite Superlite Aircraft as the 2010 Grand Champion Ultralight. Boasting a aqua-blue and black dragon paint scheme, the Belite was noted by the judges for having a featherweight panels. This Superlite has a short take off a 100 feet and acclaimed for having superior climb rates. With a weight of only 278 pounds, this aircraft qualifies as FAR Part 103 legal with a…

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HD Video Helmet Camera Review

Be it hang gliding, paragliding, skydiving or ultralighting we all wish we had a video camera to shoot those memorable flying moments. With the spring flying season well underway, we are offering some assistance in chosing the right camera for you. There are two main players in the action sports high definition video camera market: VholdeR and GoPro. Both of these cameras offers high quality HD recording but there are some similarities and some major differences. The GoPro line of video cameras includes four high definition versions and four standard versions. The helmet version called HD Helmet Pro was used…

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Air Cowboys Under Fire

A wildlife advocacy group, WildEarth Guardians, is petitioning President Obama to help stop the gunning down of coyotes from ultralight aircraft in the state of Idaho. The practice of hunting from ultralights was approved by the Federal Goverment back in 2006 after ranchers lobbied the Feds for another way to kill the coyotes that feed off their livestock. The Airborne Hunting Act was passed which required potential hunter/pilots to obtain a state-issued ‘airborne predator license’ in order to kill predator animals from the air. In its petition to the President, the group is citing 119 aerial gunning incidents in which pilots…

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Jetman Bails into Ocean

A Swiss adventurer, Yves Rossy, went down into the Atlantic Ocean after hitting turbulent air which caused equipment failure. While attempting to cross the Strait of Gilbralter from Africa to Europe, the self proclaimed ‘Jetman’ had to pull his reserve chute after getting caught in turbulent clouds. His attempted crossing was being billed as the first intercontinental crossing by man using jet-powered wings — from Tangier in Morocco to Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. Rossy, a 50-year-old former fighter pilot, had successfully navigated across the English Channel in September of 2008 on his homemade wing spanning 8 feet and powered…

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Operation Migragation

Its that time of year again when a siege of cranes and a gang of ultralight pilots take to the air for their 1,300 mile trip. The graduating class this year consists of 21 whooping cranes that will fly behind the ultralight aircraft from Wisconsin to Florida. For this first time ever, there will be a CraneCam mounted on the ultralight to provide live video feeds from take off to touchdown. Operation Migration consists of a group of pilots, ground support, and voluntary contributors dedicated to increasing the population of cranes and geese. Since 1988 Bill Lishman has been spearheading…

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2009 World Air Games

The United States sent 17 competitors to the World Air Games between June 6th and June 14th 2009. This event is the premier event of for air sports enthusiasts boasting 10 disciplines, 27 competitions, and 3 venues in Italy. The disciplines included in the event were Aerobatics, Aeromodelling, Ballooning, Experimental Aircraft, Gliding, Hang Gliding, Helicopters, Microlights, Parachuting, and Paragliding. Most of the events were held at the airport Torino while the hang gliding and paragliding competitions were held in Avigliana, about 15 miles from Torino. The hot air ballooning competition was held in Mondovi. The United States placed 3 on the medal podium:…

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Whooping it Down South

As an ultralight sits on a makeshift runway reeving its engine in the early morning frost, support crew readies the migrating whooping cranes for takeoff also.

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Going Green With Aviation

With the technological advances taking place today, its only a matter of time before our 747’s are running on green fuels. In fact, the European Union has already required that jet aviation engines be greener by the year 2012. The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) has set the goal of 100% green aircraft with no carbon emission by the year 2050. With so much concern over the quality of our air and environment, its no wonder that the concern has trickled down to the smaller aircraft pilots and those who design/build these aircraft. In 2007 the ElectraFlyer introduced a battery powered…

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Ultralight Busted With Mary Jane

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s air operations spotted and interdicted an ultra-light aircraft carrying $180,000 of illegal drugs crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.

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