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noOne
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I have to say this is something I would really like to do if I ever step foot on St., Croix again, (Only been there once for a weekend in the late 80s)

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Posted : November 22, 2011 5:11 pm
Beeski
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Probably much better than any other type of aircraft! A couple of points. The airspeed is slower than most. This aircraft has a ballistic parachute, which the manufacturer states will be effective at an altitude of only 500'. Both occupants wear helmets with headsets built into them. Both occupants wear PFD's (personal floatation devices) which are auto or manual inflated. I also carry a PLB (personal locating beacon) which works on the 406 MHz and 121.5 frequencies as well as GPS for locating by search and rescue/coast guard within 10'. The aircraft frame is made of welded chromoly steel and the body is made of a combination of fiberglass and carbon fiber. Of course prevention is our best insurance! I WILL NOT FLY when conditions are outside the limits! There is a saying in aviation, "there are old pilots and bold pilots, but not old & bold pilots". I'm 51 yrs old!!! I'm not a youngster anymore! Guess which category I fit in. I also have been flying this type of aircraft for over 16 years.

Tracy, please become very familiar with the flight patterns of the seaplane in Christiansted. Regular updates on 118.6 to let us know where you are (I'm a private pilot) will help us be on the lookout. Good Luck.

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Posted : November 22, 2011 7:17 pm
TracyT
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Probably much better than any other type of aircraft! A couple of points. The airspeed is slower than most. This aircraft has a ballistic parachute, which the manufacturer states will be effective at an altitude of only 500'. Both occupants wear helmets with headsets built into them. Both occupants wear PFD's (personal floatation devices) which are auto or manual inflated. I also carry a PLB (personal locating beacon) which works on the 406 MHz and 121.5 frequencies as well as GPS for locating by search and rescue/coast guard within 10'. The aircraft frame is made of welded chromoly steel and the body is made of a combination of fiberglass and carbon fiber. Of course prevention is our best insurance! I WILL NOT FLY when conditions are outside the limits! There is a saying in aviation, "there are old pilots and bold pilots, but not old & bold pilots". I'm 51 yrs old!!! I'm not a youngster anymore! Guess which category I fit in. I also have been flying this type of aircraft for over 16 years.

Tracy, please become very familiar with the flight patterns of the seaplane in Christiansted. Regular updates on 118.6 to let us know where you are (I'm a private pilot) will help us be on the lookout. Good Luck.

Beeski---Thanks, I am familiar with the seaplanes in and around C'sted and am in constant communication with the tower on 118.6. Of course over C'sted, I'm at least 1000'agl. I am also squalking 1200 on my transponder. See and be seen, hear and be heard!!! Do you fly for Seaborne???

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Posted : November 22, 2011 7:41 pm
Beeski
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I fly Diamond DA-40's from Bohlke. Fly over to TIST once a week. Practicing for my IFR....challenging!

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Posted : November 24, 2011 1:29 pm
gberdeaux
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Greetings All,

I have known and flown with Tracy for MANY years! Tracy and I flew hang gliders together for a few years back in Colorado. Tracy and I both transitioned from flying hang gliders to flying powered trikes. Tracy has ALWAYS been a safe and thoughtful pilot and good friend. For what it's worth I would like to offer my personal endorsement and testimonial of support for Tracy. He will be a great asset for St. Croix. I can't wait to return for a visit and fly with my friend above the beautiful island.

Sincerely,
Gary C. Berdeaux
Kentucky Sport Aviation
www.kentuckysportaviation.com

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Posted : November 27, 2011 5:09 pm
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