Windshear in an ultralight

WindshearThis one’s got it all – a scenically beautiful evening with little or no wind on the ground and severe turbulence, windshear (referred to by the pilot as a ‘microburst‘ in this clip), rain and an engine failure in the air. All in the space of a couple of minutes. It’s a good example of how superficially benign conditions – but note the storm clouds and rainbow – can lead very quickly into a potential disaster in any aircraft but particularly in a very light rag-and-tube ultralight. Ignore the weather at your peril!

Click on the photo to view the video – you can safely skip the first 2 minutes 30 seconds, it’s just the pilot pull-starting the engine and climbing aboard.

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