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Check out this dinghy!

Ok, so i'm not the most computer literate person....i found this dinghy on yachtworld but i don't know how to put a link from here. It is the aliseo flying inflatable. Might be of some use to those who are moored far out in the field! What the hell it looks downright fun and scary at the same time!
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$40,000 for that... right... I could buy a couple of 30' leadmines for that much money. No thanks....

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I've flown trikes before and, once their engine cuts out they have the glide characteristics of a brick. I can imagine this flying boat with it's high wing loading flies like a brick even with the engine going! And there is not a chance that the airfoil shown could break 40 knots, much less the 70 shown.
But no matter what I might think about it - I would try to fly it at leats once


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Thanks TB.... This thing is really weird.. it just seems so wrong! Could you imagine towing it, or trying to motor in heavy wind. It seems as though it would just flip over in rough weather. But for the wealthy stinkpot owner it might serve some kind of purpose...like trying to show of and crashing in front of all your friends
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I actually planned to start a little side business doing low level aerial photography of coastal properties using a FIB (Flying Inflatable Boat). I was looking at the Polaris model at the time. Already having a private pilots license and several hundred hours experience, I figured I could pick it up probably pretty fast. Simple machines, simple aerodynamics, etc. So, being land-locked where I lived at the time ( in NJ you cannot just land on a lake)
I bought a two place ultralight with wheels to learn on. I acquired 27 hours of flying in these, my own and several other models.

I gave it up. Not only was the idea of the FIB becoming more and more expenisve, but I personally was uncomfortable with the transition from a conventional three-axis aircraft mentality to a weight-shift aircraft mentality.

More simply put...when I am landing a Cessna, Piper, etc. my natural instinct without any thought whatsoever is to slowly pull back on the yoke (elevators) to flare for a landing. If I am flying a radio controlled airplane, I pull back on the joystick. If I am playing a computer flight combat game, I do whatever keyboard equivalent "pulls" the nose up. When I want to flare, when I want to suddenly trade airspeed for altitude, Its a natural reaction to me.

Ah...but here's the rub. With a weight-shift aircraft...if you pull the bar back...you dive. You push the bar away from you to climb, or flare. And this is all logical, and easily learned by a lot of people. I learned it easy enough. If you want to turn right, you push the control bar to the left, etc.

And it all makes sense. And then I find myself making a landing in a rough crosswind, and just as I get into ground turbulance, if I need to make a correction to soften the touchdown...I want to pull back on the stick.
This is not good in an ultralight aircraft. It's known as having a "Cessna moment". I did not like having to mentally remind myself not to do what was instinctual at a very critical moment....doing 40-50 mph in a flying lawn chair three feet above a landing strip. Put the nose down hard on a tricycle landing gear.....well....you get the picture.

The ultralights are also only as safe to fly as the quality of the maintenance level. If you are the kind of guy who likes to walk around with a torque wrench from time to time, who likes to inspect a lot of little fittings and cables, collect tools for twisting aviation wire to safety nuts and bolts with holes drilled through them, keep a close eye on engine mounts, prop balance, and that sort of thing...it's not a bad aircraft.

But at $ 40K for a used one? They were around 25K new when I learned to fly one....and that felt like too much money then.

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Cool

I've seen a pair of these flying around the Chesapeake Bay, most recently on the hook in Swan Creek. They do look scary but loads of fun too, they looked like they were going about 40 knots?


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I think USpirate posted a youtube video of one in action, in Kuwait, if I remember right. It's over on Off Topic I think.

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