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12-31-2010 10:10 PM  7 years agoPost 1
RayJayJohnsonJr

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I'm extremely happy that I can wish all of a you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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12-31-2010 10:25 PM  7 years agoPost 2
helicrack

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Damn Orville!!

Was that U?

Happy New Year to you and ya'll as well !!!

".........said the joker to the thief"

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12-31-2010 10:25 PM  7 years agoPost 3
thtoyman

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RJ was the you?
lol

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12-31-2010 10:33 PM  7 years agoPost 4
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Hahahaha. Guilty as charged!

You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay, or you can call me Dumb-azz!

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12-31-2010 10:37 PM  7 years agoPost 5
dkshema

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Must have been a cold ride that day.

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12-31-2010 10:45 PM  7 years agoPost 6
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Why yes Dave, it was a very cold ride. However, I've demonstrated there was a huge lacking of gray matter between the ears back then, so I'm sure I never really noticed how cold it was either.

I look back at my younger years and shudder quite often.....

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12-31-2010 11:13 PM  7 years agoPost 7
thtoyman

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Love flying mine

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12-31-2010 11:23 PM  7 years agoPost 8
DougsRC

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Hey RayJay, that was Great !!!!! You got Balls Dude !

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12-31-2010 11:25 PM  7 years agoPost 9
A. Bundy

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Wow.You are officially hard core in my book.

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01-01-2011 12:26 AM  7 years agoPost 10
flyride

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I had an old weedhopper UL when I was 17 and about half way through pilot school, I had to make a few emergency landings because of engine failure, not a good feeling, sometimes I look back and think what the h$!! Was I thinking. The motor took 4 D cell batteries to produce the spark and I bought cheap batteries instead of energizer to save money dumb move!!!!

and the blonde said "RECTUM, Hell damn near killed em!!"

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01-01-2011 12:44 AM  7 years agoPost 11
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Hey flyride,

The Weedhopper (B model, with C Model upgrades from factory) was my second ultralight, although at the time I had to register mine Experimental 'cause there was NO WAY I was picking that thing up and trying to foot launch it. That was the REGS at the time. The Weedhopper was 10 times the flying machine that the EZ riser was, at least when it came to having some power. And, like you, I experienced a few forced landings. Although mine weren't due to dead D cells. In fact, I made up a stand-by pack and a switch, just in case I should experience ignition issues. One forced landing was the failure of the ignition coil. The other two were due to carb problems. Stuck float I think. Sold it after that. No fun if you couldn't trust your 'engine' (and I use that term very loosely) to run. But, it was a lot of fun otherwise. My third and final ultralight was a used weight shift quicksilver. Again, a fun machine to fly. Reliable power (Yamaha 18hp). But one day while up at 3000ft AGL, I had time to take a look at what was holding me up. Yup, sold it too, and that was the end of ultralights for me. That's when I took up SKYDIVING!

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01-01-2011 12:48 AM  7 years agoPost 12
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Hey thtoyman, you still have a flying EZ-Riser???

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01-01-2011 12:51 AM  7 years agoPost 13
GREYEAGLE

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Wow
First one I ever saw with wheel's ! I remember the guys picking them up & running with them . How about the Jack Lambie "Hang Loose" - My dad cut it up after he figured out what we were doing and I had all the toe's worn out of my tennis shoes

I'd do it again - use a DA 100

greyeagle

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01-01-2011 01:10 AM  7 years agoPost 14
Brett Horton

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I had a buddy that had one of those, he kept it at an airport I was managing. I tried to fly it once but it did not have enough power to get me off the ground and then I only weighed about 150.... Strange controls, pitch = weight shift, roll was individual rudders (If I remember correctly).... remember thinking then it was VERY odd....

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01-01-2011 01:15 AM  7 years agoPost 15
Gearhead

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RayJay,, ssOooo what you do ? flew it once and when you got up there you said "man this is nutz" so you never flew it again ? LOL

Jim
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01-01-2011 01:25 AM  7 years agoPost 16
GREYEAGLE

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1st time
I saw an EZ rider, was at an ant hill. Guy pull's up in a van at the top , unloads off the rack as we were dragging up and down the vis- queen, bamboo, staple gun and duct tape creation's we thought were state of the art.

He Pick's it up, by the arm pit's - walk's to the edge, and steps off into the air and sits down on a sling !!! We just stood their with our mouth's open ! Then he made a turn using the drag rudders across the face of the hill !!! Never ever would we do that !

I about fainted - every thing stopped for the day just to watch.

Then came the Mitchell Wing, and the Volmer 3- axis, Oh the day's -

greyeagle

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01-01-2011 01:34 AM  7 years agoPost 17
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Gearhead: No, no. I flew it several times. The 12hp was just enough to get you killed though. It would have never got off the ground on a summer's day. Just barely in January. The last straw with the EZ Riser was when I was up (again in January or February)around 300ft and experienced a barley perceptible loss of power. Couple hundred RPM max. I was coming down. To far from the strip to get back. Plowed field below. That's all I had. And given it was the dead of winter, the plowing was frozen. Did you notice how low my ass sits to the ground in that thing. All I could think of on the way down was if I survive a butt strike to frozen plowing I'll be spending the rest of my life in a wheel chair. Then, with about 3 vertical feet to go, the engine picked back up. I was climbing. Made a bee line for the strip, landed safely, and promptly put an ad in the paper. That was the end of my EZ-Riser days.

Greyeagle, I did try to foot launch a couple of times before a landing gear kit became available. I thank my lucky stars I never got it off the ground while trying that. Would have had two busted legs for sure upon landing.

Ah, those were the days...... Hahahaha

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01-01-2011 01:46 AM  7 years agoPost 18
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Greyeagle, That first EZ Riser you saw was un-powered???? Would have likely been an Icarus II then? That was before I got the bug. But have a super 8mm movie around here somewhere of John Moody flying his before hanging an engine on it.

I also have sometime in a mitchell wing, B-10 a friend of mine built. Had a 3 cylinder 2-stroke radial engine on it. A Konig if I remember correctly. Very good in the power department. Although I do recall the first few seconds of flight kind of wild. Pilot induced oscillations. A bit more pitch sensitive than what I had been use to. Once I got past that, it was a VERY good handling machine. He still has it almost 30 years later and still fly's it regularly.

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01-01-2011 02:20 AM  7 years agoPost 19
mcfast

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I had a few ultralight, a Pterodactyl, Mitchell B-10
And a Falcon XP very interesting years! I work for a ultralight dealer for 6 years, I must have tried at lest 15 different type of planes love it!

P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!

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01-01-2011 02:36 AM  7 years agoPost 20
thtoyman

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yes and more

you should buy all my rc. So I can get one more

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