I also refer to the post Reminiscing! Ultralight Photos And Stories From The Early Days. So how do we feel about an aircraft that costs $14,000 US, but has some major advantages and cost savings. My opinion and assumptions Flying training for RAA members is going through the roof, to hire for myself an aircraft from a flying school is give or take around $180 an hour ish, don’t get picky. As the Aussie dollar is going down I don’t see it going back up to the old par with America, bits again will get more expensive to import. Most people who don’t own their own aircraft hire an RAA sport plane usually do so and fly for now hour and a half on average at a time. Correct? As far as I can see flying training is never going to get cheaper and this is a major barrier for a lot of potential RAA students. Looking at the posts and reminiscing ultralight photos and stories from the early days and all pictures our heritage, is disappearing in Australia faster than the way the government can think of a new tax to put on us. So the point is, we are now a mini GA outcast, conflicting rules, a board that has commercial interests in the sport, more rules being introduced, more requirements to conform with to exercise our right to fly. I’m not talking about people operating via primary or secondary airports which is becoming more common, I’m talking about a majority of people actually flying out of strips, clubs, ALA’s etc, and some lucky few that they have their own strip on their own property. To be fair and with full disclosure, I have a GA license, I also was flying ultralights at the age of 20. I have grown up in both worlds. And here is an interesting fact over the weekend while talking to a few US mates of mine. The got a beast over there now amongst others, that has a 27 foot Rag Wing, is single seat, and is powered by a 40 hp electric engine. It costs $14,000 usd I am told. But here is the interesting thing, and has an average battery endurance of about an hour and a half. However with the 27 foot wing which is huge from what we used to fly, it’s all is, or as they explained to me you climb up to 3 or 4000 feet can shut the engine down because it’s electric, and glide or catch or you can ride any thermal very well. It’s not like a high-performance glider, but you can pick up between 300 and thousand feet just was some weak thermals, in full glide mode with engine off it comes down at less than 200 feet a minute. To me that’s very impressive from flying the old rag Wings with some of the early ones you through a brick out just followed it down. They said they can fly locally around on a good day and get to 2 ½ hours by just getting some thermals and then turning the power back on when low. Realistically if you not going from point A to point B this is an ideal machine for those who just want to fly locally or within 100K say. The costs, thinking about it and believe me I have NOT read the Ops manual, but one has no fuel to put in the damn thing, there is zero engine maintenance I’m told because it’s electric motor, the batteries last 3000 recharges, and by the way the guys said they always have a spare battery pack and it takes them 10 minutes to change batteries and get airborne again. So you really have 3 hours min flying time. Myself and a few of my friends when we were flying rag wings many years ago, used to go up to 5000 feet turn off the engine and glide back down it was fun. This beast seems like its just a local fun flying machine like we had at the start or before the Thruster, Drifter times. It’s a single seat so were not worried about anyone killing a pax. However, he is my question. The way they fly them is to climb up and turn the engine off in America, yes I know it’s an electric motor so restart is not a problem, however does the Ops manual cover this in Australia. I don’t really care, but I’m sure someone will. The next thing is, zero maintenance on the engine, can’t wait to see what someone in RAA comes up with on that. Its is basically as simple rag and tube frame like a single seat drifter so maintenance will be low to non-existent. So I see this as an answer for people to fly very cheaply and have some fun. No fuel costs, no real maintenance costs, cheap to buy new, engine wise I would assume more reliable than any two-stroke or four stroke and it is purely just a fun machine for local flying. Yes you can stick it in the back of modified trailer, drive to where you want to go if you want to visit people and go flying there like we did in the old days. Drive out of the city, find a paddock or friendly farmer and go flying. And yes by the way gets off on in a small paddock with those big wings in about 50 or 60 feet. I know there’s a couple of two seat electric airplanes coming out now which be great for the training. This is where I think RAA one size fits all just does not work, and is a burden to those who do not want all the bells and whistles. That my point is this aircraft is only for local flying outside of controlled airspace so would the students wanting to get into aviation be able to fly with simple modified theory and exams. AND do it cheaply? This is almost bringing is back to the beginning of the old AUF training syllabus where you keep it simple stupid, teach everyone what is going to kill you and really enjoy flying. Thank this’ll be an interesting concept coming up in the next 12 months, so which way to we go with it. More rules or not? Did this with Dragon 13 speech to text so forgive typos.