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As a kid, Jeff Bell went for a ride in his neighbor's ultralight aircraft. From that moment, Jeff was hooked. Years later, Jeff moved from North Carolina to Florida so he could fly his own ultralights above the Emerald Coast. He earned his pilot's license, and has since logged more than 3,000 hours of flight time.
Today, Jeff shares the rush of flight with others aboard an FAA-certified, amphibious, weight-shift-controlled trike–or, in other words, a water aircraft. Often referred to simply as a "trike," the vessel has a 912 Rotax engine and features aluminum pontoons with wheels for taxing from beach to water and a super hang glider wing. But, instead of depending on the wind or a Medieval trebuchet to get moving, Jeff's trike comes equipped with a power unit that propels it to up to 45 miles-per-hour. It can also reach heights of up to 14,000 feet, though Jeff usually keeps it under 2,000 feet for discovery flights.