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David in the trike
David in the trike
In the air

Cairns Trike

Thursday, August 15, 2002
Mucking around in a trike is the only way to fly, according to David!

The Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland provide beauty which most people admire from the ground. Getaway has found a way to get a bird's eye view of this particularly beautiful part of Australia.

Rod Tyson runs Free Flying and he offers a choice of five introductory flights over the area to locations depending upon your interests.

Rod is a man of the air. He has accumulated 1800 flying hours and owns three trikes. As well as his trike flying school, he teaches flying fixed wing aircraft.

"Trike" is a nickname given because of its three wheels, but it is really a Weightshift Microlight. It was designed in Australia and built in a factory in Newcastle. Because of the popularity of triking overseas, 90 percent of their output is exported. They work on the hang-glider principle with the extra power of a two stroke engine.

Trikes are built to CASA standards and if the engine should stall, it is capable of gliding into a landing. They weigh 198kg and have a 10m wingspan.

They fly at 460m, depending upon weather, and can fly very close to the ground.

Initially the pilot sits at the front and the student behind, but once the learner's confidence is up, the seating arrangement reverses.

A one hour flight goes over the Tablelands or the Barron Falls and rainforest. The longest flight goes over volcanoes, lakes and Cairns before stopping for breakfast at a horse ranch at Pioneer Valley. Then it's a breathtaking finale to your day flying over the coastline north of Cairns.


Mareebe Airport, 45 minutes from Cairns.


The Free Fying Trike School has introductory flights from $130 per person. They operate year round, weather depending.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Free Flying: Ph: 1300 301 161

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