Weight Shift control aircraft are not new to the aviation world. However the technology of the flex wing and the skills of the people teaching have come a long way in the last few years. Being a commercial CFI and coming from the general aviation world, I can tell you that I never thought much of the Trikes until I flew in one. It is an absolute thrill! I tell everyone the same thing, " it's the most fun you can have with your cloths on".
Here are some Questions and answers for you to consider.
Q. Are Trikes hard to fly
A. No, Trikes are easy to learn to fly. A properly "tuned" wing on a trike will fly completely hands off in calm air.
Q. How high will they fly
A. The only limit on altitude is the regulations imposed by the FAA. For light sport category that would be 10,000 ft.
Q. How fast will they go
A. Trikes as with all aircraft, are limited by design (wing, and engine hp). Wings that are use on most Trikes are limited to a VNE (never exceed speed) of about 70 to 80 mph.
Q. How long does it take to learn to fly a Trike
A. Most people can get to a point where they are capable of going by themselves in about 10 to 15 hours. Having said that, everyone is different and some people take longer and some people take less time. If you work hard, pay close attention, and come often, you can do it in less time than if you only come once a month and never study on your own. So its up to you.
Q. I already have a pilots license for airplanes, what does it take to get the license for Weight Shift category.
A. You need to go and review the regulations, but basically, two flight instructors, one to sign you off as proficient, and one to give you a check ride, will get you a Weight Shift privilege at the Sport Pilot level added to your pilots certificate.
Q. How much will it cost
A. Call Mike
Q. Can you come to me at my airport to give me instruction
A. Yes, anyone can be a club member no matter where you live. If you want to learn to fly from your airport, you will have to pay the expenses for the flight, or transportation to you each time, and or, provide storage in a hanger for the Aircraft while you learn.
Q. Can my wife (husband) and I take lessons at the same time
A. As long as both of you are club members, you have the same access to the program.
Q. Is it harder to fly Weight Shift than it is to fly conventional airplane configurations
A. No, it's the same thing. It's a matter of control configuration differences. Everything else is pretty much the same.