On November 11, 2009, pilot Chris Gullikson got a scare in the air. He was about to try taking some birds from Joe's wing in an attempt to break the flock up for the very long flight to Stopover #6. Suddenly Chris saw a drop in RPM. His instruments showed no signs of a problem, but his engine was obviously failing! Then it went silent. Chris said:

"I turned away from the migration route. My trike was soon a glider. Below lay hundreds of acres of landable terrain. To my east I had a huge hay field with a road along the south side. It was a perfect scenario. I hardly had to maneuver at all as the trike quickly rushed to join the ground — bit of flare at the end to arrest my descent and coast to a smooth landing."

Photo: Operation Migration TrikeCam