Monday, June 21, 2010

Internship at DFE Ultralights

There have been a lot of questions as to how I was going to get my Pterodactyl flying. The more I worked on my project, the more parts I found that needed to be replaced. With every part that would need to be replaced comes a cost. Then there was questions as to how I would learn to fly in such a unique and unusual aircraft now that the FAA got rid of the ultralight training exception. All of these problems were accumulating over time and I wasn't sure if I would ever have my Pterodactyl flying. Now, all of these problems have a remedy.

Last April, Dave Froble, the man at DFE Ultraligts who supplies parts and kits for Pterodactyls, send me an email asking me what I was going to be doing during my summer break. I replied and he then offered me an internship at his place in Pennsylvania. I would learn how to work on Pterodactyls, how to determine if parts are airworthy or not, and how to fly. In addition, Dave would give me a place to stay and food to eat. After consulting with the authorities (parents), we bought a plane ticket and I packed my bags.

As I am working (If you would even call it work) in Pennsylvania, I'll keep this place updated.

4 comments:

Duarte Fernandes Pinto said...

Be careful with the maintenance of your Ultralight engine. Engines might be good but people might fail. Jabiru engines are certified and surelly good aeronautical engines, but if maintenance fails they can lead to tragedy.
Last Friday I had to perform a forced landing with my Jabiru equiped Pioneer 200 (CS-UPK) on a beach in Portugal due to the exhaust valve adjuster of cilinder 3, which jumped out of its place. The engine started to work only in 3 cilinders and I started to loose altitude (the best asset of a pilot).
Read more and watch pictures in my blog.
The Third Dimension - Aerial Photography from Portugal

Mark Zinkel said...

Funny that you mention that Duarte because we're rebuilding an engine right now.

I'm glad you made a safe off field landing. I've looked at your photos and am surprised that it didn't flip forwards. The photo of your plane being pulled by a tractor shows sand halfway burying your wheels.

Nice landing,
Mark

Jack Fleetwood said...

Mark, this is awesome news! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Military pilot who had sex with an 11 year old boy when he was 17!!!
A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL WHO HAD SEX WITH AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT!!! He needs to be on a sexual preditor list.
And how long did he masterbate and think about having sex with boys? In boot camp? Into his flight training?
He is aroused by she-males. His wife looks like somebody special. It's kind of like Mr. Slave::He has a "signature" look of a S&M masochist. Similarly, his wife has a "signature" look.