A magical time in the Civil Twilight to fly a trike into the SuperMoon.Photographer and video master Damien Beresford had an idea to capture a trike in the SuperMoon, an event that brings the moon at its closest proximity to the earth while at the same time eclipsing by the earth. The event only happens every 32 years or so. Frank Dempsey flew his trike in the vicinity of a photographic path that captures it within the moon. On the ground, Damien Beresfors guides Dempsey to get the shot by aircraft radio. The moon comes out at sunset. Dempsey flies his trike well into civil twilight as the sky turns very dark with the eclipsed moon. Takeoff and landings in a towered airport are viewed.
This was a South West Sport Pilot Association, EAA Chapter 1521 Event, July, 2015. Six weight shift trikers met in Angel Fire to fly the valley for 5 days. The airport is located near the Angel Fire ski area and extends North through Eagles Nest lake and on up to near Red River, NM. The valley is about 20 miles long and 5 miles wide. This July, every morning is perfect for flying but the massive thunderstorms move in in the evenings. Luckily for us, the FBO and locals love us when we visit and provide free hanger space for our stay. In this video, I flew the trike and Norm Hunter (student pilot) flew back seat. The trike is an Apollo Delta Jet 912S, 100 HP. The field elevation is 8300 MSL. I hope you enjoy the scenery. We sure did. Frank Dempsey, http://www.newmexicotrikes.com , Weight shift Instructor and examiner.
A flight in a powered hang glider (known as a weight shift trike) to 11,200 MSL over Sandia mountain with my wing man, Damien Beresford. The flight originates at the Double Eagle towered airport where the two keep their trikes. Both fly East to the Rio Grande river for low flight over the water with a balloon rally in progress. As they progress North, they start the long climb. Get ready for some spectacular views one mile up over Albuquerque, a high desert flying site. Mr. Dempsey flew hang gliders in the 90's with many un-powered flights over this magnificent beauty.
Norm Hunter is one of my new students. He's has had an introductory training flight, a preflight lesson, taxi practice and now his first flight in the front seat with me (Frank Dempsey) in the back. I needed to try out my new GOPRO so it was mounted on the wing tip. I'm amazed that the fish-eye view catches what is in front us us. Watch the rough air at landing.
The South West Sport Pilot Association, EAA Chapter #1521, had a Christmas winter fly-in in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico on December 28-31, 2012. Of their 33 members, only 8 of them of made it. Wives, girl friends and children also attended. Pilots got from 1/2 hour to 5.5 hours of flying in the cold nippy atmosphere of TorC and over Elephant Butte Lake.