For a while up there on Prosser Butte, just outside of Spokane, WA, I was hoping the sun would set before it was my turn to get strapped into the back seat of the two-seated, three-wheeled, motorized, kite-like contraption that Denny Reed insists is a perfectly legal light sport aircraft, or trike.
But there was plenty of light left after the four writers I’m touring Spokane with each took their turn flying low over nearby hills and wheat fields with Backcountry Aerosports owner Denny Reed as their guide.
So when it was my turn, I had no choice but to climb in, buckle up, and hold on tight.
You know how this turns out.
There was nothing whatsoever to be worried about. The sampler flight – maybe ten or fifteen minutes max –was a bit scary at take-off, but incredibly exhilarating after that.
As Reed promised, the aircraft (I’m still uncomfortable saying I flew in a trike) felt stable and safe. And when we flew down low, it was indeed possible to feel changes in air temperature.
So, I’m now a convert. I’m not saying I’m ready to sign up for the flight training courses Reed offers and get my own Ultralight or Light Sport Aircraft anytime soon. But if I had the opportunity to ride along with someone again, I’m game. I might even seek it out.
And I promise: next time, no whining. In fact, next time, I’d like to fly first.