Wind Makes it Down Day #4 (+0 Miles)
November 5, 2010: Migration Day 27

Photo: Operation Migration
How do these features help an ultralight pilot control the plane?
Find out in Ultralights and Conventional Planes: What's the Difference?

Winds are half as bad as yesterday, but not yet calm enough for the cranes and planes. The team hopes tomorrow (Saturday) will be moving day. If winds let them fly, everyone is invited to watch from the Livingston County Flyover Viewing Location: 2000 E Road, just south of where it is crossed by 1200 N Road, and adjacent to a silo location numbered 11689.

Today's photo is the doorway to some fascinating facts about how ultralight airplanes work. Today's journal questions invite you to dig deeper — and apply what you discover to Whooping cranes, too!

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) What are some differences between ultralight airplanes and conventional airplanes? See this page: Ultralights and Conventional Planes: What's the Difference?
  • (b-for-bonus): How do the ultralight pilots use weight shift and center of gravity to control their aircraft? Center of gravity is important bird flight too. Where is a Whooping crane's center of gravity? Why do cranes and herons fly differently? To discover the answers, explore How Birds Fly.

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).