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A weight-shift control (WSC) aircraft is a powered aircraft with a framed pivoting wing and a fuselage controllable only in pitch and roll by the pilot's ability to change the Center of Gravity (CG) with respect to the wing. The wing has no control surfaces, and control of the aircraft is done by the pilot physically changing where the trike frame is in relation to the wing during flight.
Leonardo Da Vinci designed flying machines to carry humans in the middle ages, and in 1891, a German mechanical engineer named Otto Lilienthal made flights of over 100 feet in distance on various weight-shift control gliders he designed. In 1903, the Wright brothers' gliders became powered, and the airplane was born! In 1948, Frances Rogallo patented the first flexible-wing design which became the blueprint for both military applications and the future of Sport Pilot/Ultralight recreational flying.
The ultra-portable and foldable structure of weight-shift control trikes make them an extremely popular choice for sport flying enthusiasts. These remarkable aircraft can be transported to the airfield in a truck or trailer, and assembled in a matter of minutes. The Weight-Shift Trike is a personal aircraft, designed for individual enjoyment of the joy and exhilaration of flight.
Some of the pilots that are are joining the ranks of flying trikes are general aviation (GA) pilots that no longer want the trouble and expense of flying an airplane. Because there is no medical required for Sport Pilot, and operational costs per hour are so much less, this form of aviation is an attractive alternative that keeps individuals with a love of flying in the air!
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