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Aerotrike Expeditions

Today:


From the outset, the Aerotrike has been at the forefront of pioneering and ground-breaking adventure flight...

The Aerotrike, its designers and its pilots have always been the first to go where none had gone before. Many records have been broken by the Aerotrike, and many great adventures had.

Here are a few stories of these adventures to give an idea of what is involved in such endeavours and the kind of experiences had...
 

1995 Cape to Cape Expedition [more>>]

Distance Flown:

21000 km

Time Taken:

4 months

Participants:

2

The Cape to Cape Expedition was the start of a long trend of adventure and acievement by the Aerotrike and its pilots. Here designer Mike Blyth, flying an Aerotrike Safari (with a Rotax 912), was joined by his flying partner Olivier Aubert (in another trike) from Cape Town, South Africa, to the north cape of Norway. This flight earned them the Longest Unsupported Distance in Trike-type Microlights world record.

 

1997 Aerotrike African Adventure [more>>]

Distance Flown:

5000 km

Time Taken:

21 days

Participants:

8

The Aerotrike African Adventure was an expedition organized by Rainbow Aircraft with all Aerotrike owners earning an invitation. Eight keen pilots (including Rainbow Aircraft partners Mike Blyth and Vladimir Chechin) took up the challenge. The aircraft were mainly Aerotrike Safaris with Rotax 582 engines. The route took them from Johannesburg, South Africa, up through Africa as far north as Malawi and back via a circular route.

 

1998 South African Adventure [more>> ]

Distance Flown:

5000 km

Time Taken:

21 days

Participants:

2

The South African Aerotrike Adventure was a trike trip undertaken by Rainbow Aircraft Marketing Manager Matt Liknaitzky and Brad Levitan. Starting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the flight was a circular one around South Africa, with a turning point near Cape Town. The trip was undertaken in true barnstormer fashion with no prior planning of the route. The aircraft used were Aerotrike Safaris with Rotax 582 engines.

 

1998 African Trike Adventure [more>>]

Distance Flown:

8000 km

Time Taken:

16 days

Participants:

5

The African Trike Adventure was an expedition organized by several veterans of the '97 Aerotrike African Adventure. The route followed here was slightly different to the previous adventure and considerably longer. Once again, the start/end was Johannesburg, South Africa, but the route took them north/east up Africa and turned around in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa's highest point of elevation) was a highlight of the trip.

 

1998 Mexico Trike Trip [more>>]

Distance Flown:

3600 km

Time Taken:

14 days

Participants:

1

The Mexico Trike Trip was undertaken by Rob Rollison, a highly respected triker in the USA and a representative of Rainbow Aircraft in that region. The solo expedition took him from the USA/Mexico border right down to Mexico's southernmost state and to the locations of several famous Mayan ruins, including the ruins at Palenque. The trike used by Rob Rollison on this trip was an Aerotrike Safari.

 

1999 Millennium Microlight Adventure [ more>>]

Distance Flown:

43000 km

Time Taken:

7 months

Participants:

2

In the Millennium Microlight Adventure Mike Blyth and Olivier Aubert once again teamed up, this time to more than double the distance of their previous world record. Here Mike used the new Aerotrike Cobra with the Rotax 912S engine. The expedition started in Argentina and covered South America and North America before crossing to Greenland and Iceland and traveling south through Europe and Africa and ending in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

1999  Johannesburg-Kenya Expedition [more>>]

Distance Flown:

3200 km

Time Taken:

12 days

Participants:

1

The Johannesburg-Kenya Expedition was a solo trip undertaken by Norbert Neseker in an Aerotrike Safari with a 582 engine. Departing from Johannesburg, South Africa, and making his way up north through wild Africa, Norbert was detained by the military at one point, but finally made it to Nairobi, Kenya, in one piece. Part 2 of this trip will see Norbert flying his trike from Nairobi to his home town in Germany.

 

2000  Trans-USA Aerotrike Adventure [more>>]

Distance Flown:

5000 km

Time Taken:

26 days

Participants:

1

The Trans-USA Aerotrike Adventure was a solo flight undertaken by Rainbow Aircraft's US representative Matt Liknaitzky. The trip started at Sun 'n Fun Airshow in Lakeland, Florida and ended in Los Angeles, California. The aircraft used was a stock standard Aerotrike Safari with a Rotax 503 engine. Highlights of the trip included flights over the Grand Canyon, over Lake Powell and through Monument Valley.

 

2001  Great West Coast Trike Trek [more>> ]

Distance Flown:

5000 km

Time Taken:

14 days

Participants:

2

The Great West Coast Trike Adventure was a flight along the entire West Coast of the USA - from Southern California to Seattle and back. Matt Liknaitzky and Barry Palmatier joined forces as the expedition team. Matt Liknaitzky again used the Aerotrike Safari 503, while Barry Palmatier flew his Experimental Geo Raptor 12.9. This trip was from 'close to the Mexican border' to 'close to the Canadian border'.

 



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