Sean Scott, Para Trike Pilot
ASC Basic Flight Instructor since 4-2000
Dealer of Cosmos Trikes, LaMouette Trike Wings & Hang-Gliders, Polaris FIB, Avio-Delta Trikes
Producer of Flightability, promoting flying for the disabled.
I am based out of Linden, NC in Southern Harnett County.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on Triking.
New and Pre-Owned Cosmos Trikes & Other Ultralights already in the USA!
Reasons why I like Cosmos trikes and wings, from top to bottom:
FAIRED TUBING Cosmos uses faired tubing where ever possible, from the kingpost on down.
HIGH-TECH SAIL CLOTH No cloth
anywhere lasts as well as the Tedlar that you find on Cosmos wings.
HIGH-TENSION SAIL No bungees for
COSMOS HANDLING You canï¿½t paint it red, you canï¿½t put it on your brochure, and so far, you canï¿½t duplicate it in any other wing!
EASY CONNECTION There's no more
simple and user-friendly connection than the Cosmos folding block and hang
plates. Also- the Cosmos hang arrangement gives the trike something to sit
upon when it is NOT flying, something OTHER than the hang bolt.
BACK UP (Jesus) CABLE Thereï¿½s
actually trikes out there that donï¿½t have ï¿½em!
ROTAX ENGINES Work
horses. Unless you want a little soaring trike, donï¿½t
settle for anything less.
FOCALIZED, ISOLATED MOTORMOUNTS Exactly as Rotax recommends.
QUIET OPERATIONS Award
winning stuff. No one does it better.
CLUTCHES Save wear and
tear on your other systems, let the clutch handle it allï¿½
GAS STRUTS For a solid
and stable feel on the runway, in keeping with the famous Cosmos handling.
FUEL TANK Keep it low
where it enhances handling. Give it a large mouth and
thereï¿½s just nothing easier to fuel, anywhere.
SIMPLICITY These guys
have reduced everything to itï¿½s most simple essence.
MICHELIN TIRES Straight from the Pope!
As seen in the movie Fly Away Home.
Hi, My name is
Sean Scott. Im a 47 year old male living in Linden, NC. In 1980, the day
after my 13th birthday I was accidentally shot by a young friend
playing with his parents handgun. The gunshot caused permanent paralysis from
the lower chest down. As any one would, I adapted to the paralysis and went on
with life. Adjusting to a disability isnt something that is easy for everyone
to do. Some people even think they would rather be dead then live paralyzed. But
since I was young it made things a little easier for me to live with. I have seen all the
hard things that come about in daily living from being in a wheelchair. A lot of
things that someone walking wouldnt even think about, like getting up stairs
or curbs or if a door is wide enough for me to get through with my wheelchair.
Along with going to the bathroom or transferring to a bed.
I have always
been a pretty active disabled person. Including wheelchair basketball, riding
ATVs, Jet Skis and getting my drivers License at a young age. Owning Hot Rod
cars and all that. My father was a General Aviation Private Pilot and had the
flying bug. I always loved to fly with him when I was growing up.
My Father flew the family across the United States in a Cessna to visit
relatives when I was around 11. Ever since then I always loved to fly.
The thing I
found to make me forget about my paralysis the most is flying a Cosmos weight-shift
Trike. A few years ago I seen a movie called Fly
Away Home It was about the exploits of Bill Lishman and Joe Duff, Bill and his
family and friends taught hand raised motherless Canadian Geese how to migrate
using a Cosmos Ultralight weight-shift Trike and are doing it to this day
calling it Operation Migration.
That movie got me interested in flying more then ever.
Fly Away Home I started investigating all the Ultralight Trikes on the Net
to see what was out there and how much they cost. We came up with the same choice
as Bill, The Cosmos Phase II
Trike. We found the Cosmos to have the best reputation so I made
a call to Don Reinhart, the Importer of the Cosmos Trikes at the time, Don was owner of Personal Flight Inc. He sent me an Introduction
Video, which we was impressed with so we decided to buy. Don helped me with our
order and helped me find the instructor needed. He also explained to Cosmos
about my situation with my paralysis. Guess what? Cosmos had already adapted one
of their Trikes with hand controls for a disabled Pilot. The hand controls
consisted of a Twist throttle mounted on the control bar and a ground control
stick mounted between your legs like a 3-axis stick in a plane. You pull the
stick back to turn left and push forward to turn right, when you are on the
ground. It had a hand break mounted on it for stopping after landing and taxing.
ordering the Trike I bought a book about flying Trikes called Trikes, The
Flex Wing Flyer. Written by a couple well-known Trikers, Hal McSwain
& Luian Bartosik. I
learned all the basics of flying a Trike before I even got in one. I was
prepared for the training mentally and spiritually. My first training was with a
local dealer of powered parachutes and avid Triker Henry Muller. A friendly
neighbor and avid ultra-light Pilot Doctor Kenny Garret let me use his 2800ft.
grass strip. Where I took 2 hours of in flight training from Henry. Along with
my Father taking 2 hours of instruction, as it was all I could afford and all
he needed being a Pilot already. Henry lived half way across the state so I went
on using my Dad as the instructor. I found the Cosmos Trike easy to get into and
a breeze to operate with the hand control setup. I flew another hour and a half
off of Doctor Garrets field with Dad before he though I was ready enough to
solo. I took the first flight alone November 30, 1998 after just 3-1/2 hours of
instruction, cutting the average instruction time by about 10 hours. What an
amazing feeling flying high in the sky all a lone. I flew for over an hour and a
half before I came down.
Flying a Trike makes me forget about my paralysis! After
that solo all I could think about was if the weather was nice enough to fly
again. I have been flying my Trike as often as the weather
permits. I usually keep it ready to fly, so when the right weather comes along all I have
to do is take-off. I urge everyone, disabled or not to
fly in a weight-shift Trike at least once in their life. It will bring out the confidence in them. You will see the
earth in a whole new dimension! Nothing makes me
forget about my paralysis more than flying alone, high in the sky with no
obstacles to get in my way. There's nothing like the feeling you get with the
wind in your face. It's like riding a Harley in the sky. You get the feeling
that a bird gets when they're soaring on a thermal, the feeling of real freedom!
Now I know why birds are always flying. Now that I know what it's like, I fly every chance I get!
I guess Leonardo De Vinci was
right when he said: "Once you have
tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned upward"
Since then I
have had a 3page
story written about my flying in the April 99 issue of Ultra-Light Magazine.
I became a Dealer for Cosmos and Polaris, Selling new and preowned Ultra-light Aircraft
as well as a Certified ASC Basic Flight
Instructor. In April of 2000 I took my FAA Written Examination (FOI) and flight test
at the Sun-N-Fun Air Show held ever year at Lake Land Florida. Where I had the
pleasure of meeting Bill Lishman and thanking him for getting me into Trikes
with the movie "Fly Away Home". I am now one of few ASC Certified
weight-shift land Trike Instructors in North Carolina.
of My Triking Photos.
Some of My Triking Photos.
Scottï¿½s Trike Center
Here is a link to an Article one of my students wrote and was published in the January 03 issue of Aero Sports Connection.
Ps. Flying isn't all I've done, I've been falling too!
This is where I did my Tandem Freefall from 13,500 ft and it won't be the last!
For more Skydiving Photos click here
For updated prices and to place an order see my latest site at:
Click here for a link to a story in Ultra-Flight Magazine about how I started my flying exploits.
Flight-Ability, A Site I made Dedicated to Physically Disabled Pilots
Here is a link to some of my Trike mpg Video clips.op
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