Some trikes are “naked” (the structure of the trike and the feet and legs of the occupant are exposed to the elements) whereas others have a fibreglass streamlining “pod” around the trike. These are often fitted with larger “tundra” wheels to facilitate landing on rougher surfaces than standard trikes. Trikes can also be fitted with floats or skis to operate from water or ice.
To continue the theme of double-entendres, some trikes are “topless” (there is no structure above the wing to support its weight). As this is intended to improve performance, these would not usually be fitted to “naked” trikes (though they can be).
One design feature of all trikes is the ease with which the wing can be removed and dissembled for transportation. Although most people prefer to keep their aircraft in a hangar if possible, it is entirely feasible for trikes to be kept at home in a shed or garage and transported to an airfield to be rigged for flying. This can be done single-handed (although easier with 2 people) and, with practice, takes around half an hour.
Caboolture Microlights currently operates two Airborne XT-912 with a choice of Merlin, Cruze, or SST wings. This allows students to train on the wing most suitable for the trike they intend to purchase. Students are also able to try the different wings during training. The two school aircraft are available to cross-hire to approved trike pilots who learnt to fly with us.