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    That cup ... new picture and ...

    I was driving past Long Marston a month or so ago, and could not resist wandering by the place where I learned to fly and from where I flew so often.
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    Sadly, no sign of any flying. But,...
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    I just added the data for 2016 and 2017 to my...

    I just added the data for 2016 and 2017 to my flying weather analyses at:

    http://speleotrove.com/weather/

    so for each station the trend analysis and averages now cover 21 years.

    The good...
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    Front wheele suspension problem...

    [Thanks for all who continue to post here; working on how to fly a C42 again]
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    Weightshift Flying

    Turbulence in a trike never bothered me (and I wasn't 22 -- I started at 58) so long as I was +500ft or more. It was never welcome on approach to landing, and on one occasion gave me a rotator-cuff...
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    Flexwing radio licence?

    Painless? Completely spurious red tape. I suppose it keeps seats warm and paid at the CAA.
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    Windy day stopped play?

    I just added the data for 2014 to my flying weather analyses at:

    http://speleotrove.com/weather/

    so for each station the trend analysis and averages now cover 18 years.

    The good news is...
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    Trim indicator

    Do let us know what you discover!
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    Trim indicator

    This sounds to me more like a corrosion problem in the wires (or possibly the connectors). I'm not familiar with the actual connectors to the trim indicator, but in general: if the wires seem sound...
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    clocks and dials

    If your aircraft is weightshift machine you don't need an airspeed indicator or probe (except for curiosity/checking). Your airspeed is set by the amount you push the bar out or pull it back.
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    clocks and dials

    Airspeed is handy. Groundspeed is very useful.

    Mike
  11. Retractable, different from the Dragonfly

    Kev, yes, there's a lot to be said for keeping control movements the same whatever the craft one is flying. This has been proven many times in cars: when driving on the 'wrong' side of the road,...
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    Paul, yes, on turbulence: design matters for much. My (very limited) experiences suggest that, in pitch, current weightshift aircraft work very well: they are just like 'freewing' fixed-wing...
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    Paul .. yes, understood re FAR103; it's just that weather capability is less of an issue where FAR103 holds sway. The Sirocco, too, maybe had a chance at getting down to 115kg and the original SSDR...
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    Ken wrote: "Paul's products are the sort of well sorted consumer products that make you want to own one whether you need it or not, they are very good to look at."

    Absolutely! I bought one...
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    I have the impression that FAR103 three-axis is a not very satisfactory market niche, unless you live in a land of light winds and light regulation.

    How about taking a different approach/target:...
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    Certainly looks that way .. even the angle of the seat is (as far as I can measure from their photo) is identical.

    As has been said before, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ...
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    Messing around with time-lapse

    Never got around to trying it, but I did some back-of-envelope calculations once on taking stereo pairs with such a camera pointing straight down. I think it was something like: if flying at 600...
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    Windy day stopped play?

    Probably won't try that as the reliable data I've been able to extract only goes back to 1997. Also curious how one would define drier-than-normal, etc. Total rainfall over the year would be one...
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    Windy day stopped play?

    Gwyn -- thanks. Don't have a 'plane now, but have managed a few flights as "co-pilot", here and in USA. Mulling over what to do next; autogyros seem the obvious aircraft for [on-topic] our gusty...
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    Windy day stopped play?

    Nothing much has changed on average ... but, yes, I should probably see if I can analyse/extract 'extremes'. Could be a different story there.

    Mike
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    Windy day stopped play?

    I just added the data for 2013 to my flying weather analyses at:

    http://speleotrove.com/weather/

    so for each station the trend analysis and averages now cover 17 years.

    [I tried to add...
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    Different view of things ! Video

    :-)
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    Different view of things ! Video

    Sounds like a really good way to annoy all the neighbours of your airfield! Unless you are lucky enough to have none. :-)

    Mike
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    What a shame it's too heavy

    Easy enough to remove seats ... :-)
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    SSDR approved 912

    Convert to electric?
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