DEC 2014

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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36 Vol.3 No.12 / December 2014 HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS Editor's Note: This month we're deviating slightly from of ering a hint for homebuilders to share this important safety hint for powered parachute pilots. The machine this problem occurred on is a Destiny 2000 powered parachute, but it might behoove owners of other machines to check their machines out thorough- ly as well. As you put your machines away for winter, give them a thorough inspection. A COUPLE OF WEEKS ago, my wife and I were at a local fl y-in. One evening the weather was great, so we decided to go for a fl ight. Kite-up and takeof seemed normal, but as we started to climb, I noticed that the machine, a Destiny 2000 powered parachute, started turning left at a good rate. I had trees and power lines to clear, so I continued to climb until I reached a safe altitude before trying to check out what was going on. I thought the torque of the engine or maybe the wind was af ect- ing the machine. I leveled out at 400 feet and began my review of the situa- tion. This machine has fl own straight as an arrow since the day I got it, but I had to pull in about a foot of steering line on the right to get it to go straight. I started checking out the chute and everything looked normal. I made a couple of turns to make That's Not Normal Check your brackets! BY SE AN CURRY Above: Sean's Destiny 2000 powered parachute. Below: The replaced U-brackets.

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