Though he never flew, Leonardo da Vinci captured its essence when he said,
"Once you have tasted flight you walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there have been, and there you will long to return." "Wow, what a
ride!!" was filmmaker Bob Leff's grinning reaction after his first time up in an
open-air sport plane flying at just forty miles per hour and only 500 feet above
the rich, rural landscape.
Icarus Envy is a thoroughly engaging, just-released hour-long documentary
film about light sport aviation. It is shot almost entirely in Wisconsin, and
provides a thrilling introduction to the world of low and slow flying.
Articulate commentary by 14 experienced pilots describe light sport aviation
from A to Z, and why they love it. Breathtaking flying scenes from both the
ground and in the air, even on skis and floats, are all beautifully orchestrated
to an evocative music soundtrack. The viewer learns all about the special joys
of this kind of flying and its relative accessibility.
The light sport and ultralight arena is covered in all its diversity, from
strap-on powered paragliders to sleek 120mph state-of-the-art, kit-built aircraft.
Thereﾒs some history of the sport provided, as well-known aviator Tom Kretschman
describes the evolution of light sport planes from early hang-gliders to which
engines were added.
This DVD is for anyone interested
in aviation, and surely a great gift idea for that friend or relative looking to get
As the remarkable blockbuster video
One Six Right captured flying spirits, we
think Icarus Envy will too. Dan Grunloh of the EAA
Experimenter magazine reviewed this video and wrote, "If you don't
want to fly after viewing this, there's no hope for you."
Running Time: 60 minutes plus bonus features