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(. UII IIIUI g igM_J_ -OH J uJoJ_-t SelOXO!g ffl!lenO j Flying m an ultralight may be the closest I'll ever come Free bird to the fhght of a bird. Sitting in the open air cockpit in a NE / IN as a suspended seat I canseeabove, below, and all around. ISSAQLfAHf The sun shines through the multi-colored dacron wings, so close aoove I can almost reach out and touch them. Ultralights buzz into the air and soar quietly to earth Debbie Berto and Linn Emrich prepare for takeoff Far below, Issaquah Creek winds its way to Lake Sam- mamish. The ultralite comes in for a landing Most view the ultralight with skepticism, this funm,- looking, nois, go-cart with wings. But an ultralight can chmb to 10 000 feet. the engine can be turned off and silent gliding begins. I arrive at the Skyport Airfield one late summer day for my first flight. There is a good breeze and I worry that it s strong enough to again delay my flying appointment. Thor Emrich a 20-year-old Issaquah resident and owner of the Kasperwing Ultralight dealership at the airfield, assures me that today's breeze s not enough to disturb the 170-pound machine. Linn Emrich Thor's dad and operator of the airfield, will be my pilot. We will use a two-seat ultralight, used only for demonstrations to customers and publicists. Federal Aviation Administrtion rules allow only one-seat ultralights to be sold to non-licensed pilots. I step into a harness-vest and don a helmet, then climb over and around the web of wires that hold the plane together. The harness clips overhead to the aluminum tubing of the structure. Linn hooks on a sling that will be my chair, completing the suspension system. Once seated in the sling it is almost impossible to get up. I am reassured, knowing I won't suddenly slip over the edge once we are airborne. Linn crams in beside me In his twin sling and flips the switch on the electric start. The engine catches immediately. The tricycle-like landing gear taxis us out to the center of the airfield. Linn turns into the wind and revs the engine for take-off. Only 200 feet down the grassy strip and we begin to rise steeply. Within two minutes we reach I 000 feet. Ultralight flying is definitely, noisy . I can't speak to my husband while he's mowing the lawn, and I now face the same problem with my pilot. Instead i relax and enloy the view . . above me, around me, and. gulp, even between my legs. There is not a cloud in the sky, a perfect da to enjoy our 35 miles per hour cruise, and study the landscape and the town as never before. Lake Sammamish State Park unfolds below. There is so much land! Issaquah Creek twists and turns as it snakes ts way to the lake. I wonder that there are no boats on the lake on such a beautiful September day. Lmn steers us toward Providence Point, a future retlrement community where tiny bulldozers and trucks are busy knocking down trees and moving dirt. Lutheran Bible Institute suts nearby, a miniature village from this pomt of view Lmn turns back toward town and there she is, Mt Rainier in all her majesty, standing guard between Tiger and Squak Mountains. From town it's quite a sight, but from here. well, it's awesome. Just below me are the two gravel pits. The brilliant turcluolse ponds are a shimmering surprise -- who else doesn't know they are there? The sand and gravel pits look even more extensive from here, contrasting sharply with the rich green hills around them. My turn to be pilot, Linn signals. Hey, no problem. I drive a car I drive a boat. This little plane will be a cinch. I bend my knees and swing toward the wheel as Linn moves back. But just as I start a slow turn. a gust of wind hits us broadside It's just enough to rattle the plane, and me too! I overcorrect with a harder turn and the ultralight tips sideways, l'm not so sure I like this. (Lmn later says it was all of about a 10 degree bank). "'No thanks" I signal at Linn, wide-eyed. He grins and takes over again. As we circle the outskirts of town, Linn finalh,, kills the engine. The end of the noise is a relief yet the rushing wind keeps it from being silent. 1 can no, talk to m, pilot, but there is so much to see that I have little to say. This is to be a bird. I am at peace. I feel free. Throughout m life I have had occasional dreams of tloating on a magic carpet. Ultralight flying is very similar. I assure Linn that 1 could do this torever, this riding on the wind among the blue expanses with the sun in my eyes. He reminds me that free rides don't last forever. Quickly we descend toward the airfield. The three wheels set down with a bump no worse than driving over a minor pothole on a city street Only after we are safely landed does Linn turn the engine on again to taxi back to the hanger. I am one ot the privileged few who ha,,e made an ultralight flight m Issaquah. Rides are usuall' limited to those who are considering buying, or who have alread\\; bought An ultrahght is no small expense. A mere $48L gets you a 1400-Dece kit. Do it ',ourself in about 40 hour, or Thor can do Jt tot you for another $800 And then there. is the tramng another three to six hours at $45 per hour There is hope for the common man though. The Emnchs have plans to rent ultrahghts at $30 per hour to trained ultralight pilots. That will make tlle adventure more reasonable to us "sparrows' and not iust to the elite 'eagles'! 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