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Old 19-08-2013, 06:01   #16
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Well, if you read "A Pirate Turns 50" by Jimmy Buffet you will find out your idea will not work in most countries.

He did the run down from the USA to Brazil in a Grunman Anphibian and he was allowed to take off or land in water TWICE in his whole trip.

You in a dink with wings will be even more difficult.
This may be true about an "airplane" ..I dont think you will have problems with an "Ultralight"
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Old 19-08-2013, 06:03   #17
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I spent a lot of time flying ultralights and hang gliders on floats, in salt water, back in the seventies and eighties. I never had a corrosion problem and I rarely rinsed off the aircraft. I'd just wipe it down with a rag and some WD40 before folding it up to go home. The aluminum used for the tubing was anodized 6061T6.

A more scary problem was that the plastic coated cables would rust under the plastic. I just replaced it with uncoated wire.

There was a professor at the U of Miami who did shark research in the Bahamas. He carried an ultralight on the back of his research vessel.
Never seen a problem with SS,but I have seen Russian equitment with galvanized wire that looked ifee..
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Old 19-08-2013, 07:05   #18
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Planning to do the same with a PPG Powered Paraglider, advantages are low weight and volume and no landing strip required (take-off the beach). Disadvantage is they're only good for lighter winds. It'll be a great way to explore those islands though
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Old 19-08-2013, 09:02   #19
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You can get an FAA Far 103 type Ultralight trike w/some Full Lotus floats or the like if you want to go "Light"..
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..All the islands I have been to dont really care(have no regs for 103 type aircraft) ..Good luck
Thanks. I Yahoo'd FAA FAR 103 and got the regs. Only drawback was the 103 type are single person and I'd be interested in taking my wife along.
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So can this be used as a "normal" RIB with the wing off?

As one person suggested, 10,000 feet would be pretty scary. But nobody would be forcing me to go that high of course.
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David, the boat's got nothing to do with the plane.
True. I am just asking here because I would be cruising country to country. If I were to ask on an Ultralight forum, most people (I would think) fly only at "home".

And it's the flying in each new country that matters.
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Old 19-08-2013, 09:22   #22
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More than a few boats have carried them...and think of the mega yachts with their helos aboard.
I never thought about them... but now that I do, I don't think that would apply as much. Those are fully licensed and flown by certified commercial pilots.

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If no one here hhas actually done the research...might wanna try ultralight orgs/clubs that may have tried bringing them in by vehicle to see the hoops you have to jump through...such as driving to Central American countries to fly in and their regulations concerning aircraft.
Good point, I will go there next if I need to.
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Old 19-08-2013, 09:23   #23
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THIS gentleman does. There is some info on his blog and, I believe he is a member here as well (coldar1).
Excellent, thanks!
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It'll be a great way to explore those islands though
My thoughts exactly...
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If its registered "Lite Sport" as opposed to going under Ultralight you can fly a passenger and charge for "tandem flight instruction",but not for "rides"..good luck
Okay, THIS is the sort of thing I need, "Light Sport".
Not interested in paying passengers, but bringing my wife (or one of my kids when they are visiting), is a requirement.
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Re: Carrying an ultralight aircraft

Why not consider a powered paraglider? Much easier to store, much less complicated, and less items to corrode? You will still have the different countries regulations to check before flying it in their territory. However I don't think theres going to be much enforcement in remote area's especially if you stay below radar and away from charted airports and their traffic patterns. I assume you are at least a private rated pilot yes? If not even though the craft is unregulated it may land you in hot water in some countries if you are buzzing around and your not actually a pilot. In the US totally legal.
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So can this be used as a "normal" RIB with the wing off?

As one person suggested, 10,000 feet would be pretty scary. But nobody would be forcing me to go that high of course.
The SSframe is part of the RIB it could still be used as a dingy if you dont mind using it like an airboat,or put small engine on back and rig the steering where you can steer it from the cockpit of the airframe..10,000 ft asl is the service celing for the carb set up,it will go higher if you catch a thermal and breath oxygen..I have a classic poster showing Eric Raymond doing oxygen at 30,000 ft asl flying a Manta rigid wing(no engine just rising hot air) with a jet liner in the background..
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I saw a photo a while back of a person who carried an ultralight with floats on the back of their catamaran.

Does anybody here have experience with that, or know of any person who has done it?

I am wondering about the legalities of bringing an aircraft into another country and using it there. I really onlt want to hear from people who have done it though...

Thanks

PS. I have searched Google, Yahoo, and this forum but can't find where I saw it originally.
I believe the thread you are looking for is titled "Lagoon 440 carries float plane" or something thereabouts. I can figure out how to link to it here using my CruiserForum iPad app so perhaps searching for thread titles with Lagoon 440 might get you there.
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