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The Powered Hang Glider Trike version of the TrikeBuggy is here!

Triking has become a very popular form of ultralight flight, due to the simple and easy characteristics of flight control found on these weight-shift control aircraft.

The TrikeBuggy Delta is about as simple as it gets! We have added an "A" frame to the Deluxe Stainless Steel Kite Buggy, incorporating the motor and glider mounts onto the two legs of the frame.

This hang glider trike uses a standard paramotor to provide the power, and the cage can be removed to lower the drag since there are no paraglider lines to get caught up in the propeller. The motor can be quickly dismounted for travel or service.

The robust stainless steel frame of the Stainless Steel Buggy is the perfect platform for this comfortable little single place trike. We add our heavy-duty aluminum frame that mounts quickly and easily to the buggy and wing, with an integrated mount and clamps that accept most paramotors. A custom motor mount can easily be made to accept most motors.

The center of gravity is low, and the seat position is reclined and relaxed. Simply sit down, fasten your seat belt and GO! The TrikeBuggy Delta can be easily launched in the smooth, calm air of early mornings and twilight evenings. Experienced pilots will appreciate and enjoy the way that thermals can be used later in the day to extend flight time. Gaining altitude in this trike using thermal lift is as natural as can be, since the wing loading is ideal with the extra weight.

The TrikeBuggy Delta is Part 103 compliant as an Ultralight Vehicle, for use with a single occupant with a total weight of less than 254 lbs. and less than 5 gallons of fuel. No License is required!

Upon arriving at the flying site, it takes about 30 minutes to assemble the TrikeBuggy Delta with the Wills Wing Falcon Tandem and about 45 minutes with the Gibbo Manta wing.

New - A website dedicated to the Weight-Shift Control Trikes!
Have a look at our sister-site: www.WSC-Trike.com for more information about this incredible way to experience the magic of flight. Here, you will find information about other trikes and watch videos of them flying. You can also find out where you can take an introductory flight and take lessons to become a WSC pilot.

 

Wills Wing Falcon Tandem Hang Glider
An excellent glider for use with this trike is the Wills Wing Tandem Falcon, an easy flying hang glider made to carry up to 500 lbs. With its unmatched slow flight capability and light, responsive and predictable handling, the Falcon will have you flying around comfortably from the very first day!

The Falcon 3 Tandem features newly developed and especially robust control bar hardware, along with a stronger, stiffer airframe. The wider control bar more comfortably accommodates pilots of all sizes. All full chord length cambered battens are of durable 7075-T6. All battens inboard of the tip battens have the new lever type rear tips. The sail features a full leading edge length mylar pocket and a heavy duty trailing edge. The airframe and sail design combine to produce a glider with exceptional load carrying capacity, that slows down extremely well and retains excellent handling qualities across a hook in weight range from 185 lbs to 500 lbs. Landings are easy, with relatively light flare pressures, even in light winds.

The Falcon 3 Tandem features a nose cone, an improved sail cut and cleaner sail, and a new washout tube configuration that supports both the number two and three battens via a carbon transverse batten. The minimum pack length for shipping or transport for the Falcon 3 Tandem is 156 inches. However, the entire wing folds up to fit into a canvas bag that is included with the package and has a length of 253 inches.

Professional tandem instructors who have tried the Falcon 3 Tandem agree that it offers the best all around handling qualities and the best landing characteristics of any tandem glider available. The control feel and response remains consistent across the very broad weight range, providing students with the opportunity to relax with a glider that behaves well as they build skills and experience their first solo flights.

While the Wills Wing Falcon glider is not a trike wing specifically, it has been used sucessfully with light soaring trikes for years. The slow and easy flying characteristics of this glider, combined with the price, make it a popular choice for TrikeBuggy Delta pilots.

Specification Falcon 3 Tandem
Area (ft^2): 228
Span (ft): 35.8
Aspect Ratio: 5.6
Glider Weight (lbs): 71
Hook-In Weight (lbs): 185-500
Optimum Body Weight (lbs): 220-450
Vne (mph): 50
Va (mph): 43
Vms (mph): 16
Vd (mph): 35
Length (in bag) (in): 253
Break-down (in): 156
Turn Correction: PDF File

 

 

North Wing Stratus Trike Wing
The North Wing Stratus light-trike wing is designed for optimal performance on a light soaring trike, and is built with the high quality that North Wing customers have come to expect. The Stratus has a new wing design that will give you an exceptional soaring experience. The Stratus is designed for improved sink rate and glide, and allows you to shut down your engine with confidence. The state-of-the-art airfoil and a streamlined kingpost ensures you will have great glide as well. The Stratus can get you where you want to go!

The Stratus uses stability technology from the topless hang gliders to improve performance. By using only one bridle line and an outboard sprog (washout strut), North Wing has achieved excellent pitch stability while reducing drag. The efficient airfoil used by the North Wing Stratus provides superb acceleration through turbulence, while displaying very docile flight characteristics in yaw and pitch. The Stratus shows excellent stall parameters straight ahead and in turns. Hang Gliders are adequate on the light trikes but let's face it, in light lift... most of the time you will keep your engine on. Not with the North Wing Stratus! You will be amazed at how light of thermal lift you can really play with!

Stratus 17 Specifications
Speed Range   21 - 47 mph
Trim   28 mph
Wing Area   182 square feet
Span   34.5 feet
Aspect Ratio   6.6 : 1
Double Surface   75%
Nose Angle   132
# of Ribs - top   21
# of Ribs - lower   8
Rib Material   7075-T6

 

 

 

GibboGear Manta Trike Wing
We are also offering the Gibbo Gear Manta trike wing for more experienced pilots that want a faster, more dynamic wing.

WHY ALL GIBBOGEAR WINGS ARE TOPLESS
How many modern airplanes use wires for bracing? None. How many modern high performance Hang Gliders use wires for bracing? None.

Isn't a Trike Wing a cross between a Hang Glider and a Airplane? Yes!!!

Topless Trike Wings have so many advantages over wire braced king posted Wings of the past:
1) Lower height, fits into more styles of hangars
2) Less drag, higher performance
3) Stronger, wire needs to be periodically changed, struts don't
4) Eye Candy - Yes, they look real cool!


ALL GIBBOGEAR WINGS HAVE FOLDING STRUTS
Why did the Trike Wing have to be removed for transport? Trike Wings are heavy and awkward in the wind.

Mark Gibson decided that his company GIBBOGEAR would change this and become the Worlds first company to offer foldable, transportable Trike Wings. The evolution went through many changes - first was the Wing Bridge, then came the Swing Wing (wire braced) and now the the ultra modern Folding Strut.

Triking is supposed to be fun and easy - set up and transport are a big part of this equation. The GIBBOGEAR Manta Trike wing is the ultimate performance glider for this application!

GibboGear 103 Manta Trike Wings
There isn't a 103 Trike and Wing combination produced in the World today that comes close to the performance of the Manta RST 103 Wing. If your fooled into buying other wings, you'll be so sorry the first time you met up with a Manta RST Pilot....The Manta 103's reduced span technology (RST) allows it to fly through out the day when thermals and wind make flying a powered hang glider type 103 uncomfortable. You'll get more airtime for your investment and feel safer doing it!

The Manta RST 103 Wing comes in four sizes: M12.5, M15.5 M17 and M19 to fit your style of flying....Want to go fast? The Manta RST 103 12.5 Wing is your personal rocket-ship....Want speed but slower take offs and landings? The Manta RST 103 15.5 Wing has a little more cushion....Want to just putt around but have RST handling? Float with an Manta RST 103 17 Wing...Like to soar in those thermal updrafts? Lighten your wing loading and make use of that lifting air with the non-RST Manta M19! Remember all Manta Wings are topless with folding struts making set up and transport so easy!

103 WINGS

MANTA RST 12.5 103 SINGLE SEAT WING
Topless with Folding Struts
Double surface area 40%
Wing Span 26 ft.
Wing Area 140 sq. ft.
Wing Weight 84 lbs.
Max useful load 650 lbs.
Stall Speed 26 mph
Cruise Speed 50 mph (hands off)
Top Speed 63 mph
Standard Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
$5600

MANTA RST 15.5 103 SINGLE SEAT WING
Topless with Folding Struts
Double surface area 40%
Wing Span 28 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area 170 sq. ft.
Wing Weight 88 lbs.
Max useful load 650 lbs.
Stall Speed 24 mph
Cruise Speed 48 mph (hands off)
Top Speed 62 mph
Standard Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
$5600

MANTA RST 17 103 SINGLE SEAT WING
Topless with Folding Struts
Double surface area 40%
Wing Span 28 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area 187 sq. ft.
Wing Weight 90 lbs.
Max useful load 650 lbs.
Stall Speed 22 mph
Cruise Speed 44 mph (hands off)
Top Speed 62 mph
Standard Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
$5600

MANTA 19 103 SINGLE SEAT WING (Non RST)
Topless with Folding Struts
Double surface area 40%
Wing Span 32 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area 205 sq. ft.
Wing Weight 90 lbs.
Max useful load 650 lbs.
Stall Speed 18 mph
Cruise Speed 31 mph (hands off)
Top Speed 42 mph
Standard Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
$5600

The Manta RST Wings are not designed to fly at a bank angle exceeding 60 degrees or pitch angle exceeding 30 degrees up or down.
Operation outside these limits will severely compromise your safety and can result in serious injury and or death. Aerobatic manuvers PROHIBITED.


I finally had a chance to test fly the GibboGear Manta Trike Wing on the TrikeBuggy Delts last weekend at El Mirage Dry Lake.

All I can say is WOW!

While this wing would not be suited to first time delta pilots, an experienced trike pilot will definitely appreciate this fine wing, both in terms of workmanship and flight characteristics. The Manta setup was straightforward and simple, using Mark's well done manual (Real Men don't read Assembly Instructions). Before long, i had a beautiful "knife" blade mounted to my little 'Buggy.

First few taxi runs revealed that I needed to move the hang point to the rear, as I had to push out pretty hard to keep the glider balanced. Once adjusted (four 1/2" steps), the wing practically flew itself. Bar pressure was light, and it was a pure joy to fly. Certainly much faster than the Wills Wing Falcon Tandem I had been previously flying on the TrikeBuggy. My launch rollout was a bit longer before liftoff, but this wing is almost half the size of the tandem!

I used the Fresh Breeze Simonini 202cc paramotor with the cage removed for my first flights, and I will be using the Black Hawk 313cc the next time out. I expect I will have a shorter runway with the added power of the 313. My climb rate was not bad with the Simo, around 300fpm with my body weight of 140 lbs. Cruise speed was around 38-40 mph. When you pull the bar in, the unit really dives into the approach, as you will see in the video!

All in all, this is an exceptional wing, made specifically for triking. I had fun training John from the seat of my trike while getting the feel of this new wing!

Video:

http://www.trikebuggy.com/video/manta.htm

Photos:

http://www.trikebuggy.com/images/mcginnis/index.htm

Best,

Chad Bastian
TrikeBuggy, Inc.
www.TrikeBuggy.com

TrikeBuggy Delta Specifications:

  • Weight: 70 lbs. (no motor or glider)
  • Length: 60 inches
  • Width: 62 inches
  • Height: 96 inches (no glider)

Please Note: New Hang Gliders can take up to three (3) months to order. Please keep this in mind when planning your order (don't plan on making that fly-in in two weeks!). Prices listed do not including packaging for shipment from the factory, freight costs to the destination, import or local taxes.

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