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    That's exactly the point I was making in an...

    That's exactly the point I was making in an earlier post. The definition of 'microlight' will drift towards larger and more capable aircraft until they are sufficiently different from a TST that a...
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    The 'middle age spread' of any category of...

    The 'middle age spread' of any category of anything (aircraft, motorcycles, boats etc.) is a well established phenomenon.
    As soon as a category is established, there will be moves to 'develop' the...
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    I thought the same way about cruise control on a...

    I thought the same way about cruise control on a motorcycle - until I bought a bike with cruise control. I don't use it often, but when I do I find it allows me to focus more on other aspects of...
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    I also don't do facebook, so thanks again to Dave...

    I also don't do facebook, so thanks again to Dave for passing the message from the dark side to us, the social media cave dwellers.
    It's a long shot, but I wonder if there are any facebook users who...
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    I will be stripping the whole engine to check for...

    I will be stripping the whole engine to check for further damage and crack testing the crankshaft.
    Fortunately, the engine didn't seize but rattled to a stop after I cut the mags. Seizure would...
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    Investigation of my engine revealed a scene of...

    Investigation of my engine revealed a scene of carnage in cylinder #1.
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    Nice job Bob. I've passed on a link to this...

    Nice job Bob. I've passed on a link to this thread to some motorcycle drag racing friends.

    I was under the impression that honing was originally used as the only available means to produce an even...
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    Thanks Ginge, I will let you know when I have...

    Thanks Ginge, I will let you know when I have opened the engine to investigate.
    I've kept a close eye on the CHT and the hottest they ever got was during warm up on the ground, reaching 325°F....
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    Thanks Martin. Guessing from the sound and the...

    Thanks Martin. Guessing from the sound and the feel of trying to run the engine by hand, I suspect it's dropped a valve.
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    An unplanned arrival

    Following a very pleasant flight from Priory Farm to Northrepps and a bacon sandwich and coffee, I set off back to Priory farm on a somewhat hazy Sunday afternoon.
    About 5 miles from my destination,...
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    It may be difficult for those unfamiliar with...

    It may be difficult for those unfamiliar with electric propulsion to appreciate the scale of relative power consumption.
    The electric motor for a single seat microlight, equivalent to a modest 40hp...
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    An entertaining account and well written. Your...

    An entertaining account and well written.
    Your comments about the mud remind me that Spats are not just for show. They also allow my T600 to carry my own supply of mud!
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    We now have a (relatively) shiny newish windsock...

    We now have a (relatively) shiny newish windsock and some of the hedge has been cut back, improving visibility of the sock and reducing rotor at the south end of the strip.
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    Even without snow, the 'big orange thing flapping...

    Even without snow, the 'big orange thing flapping in the breeze' is no help when it's near invisible because it's pointing directly away from you. The strip at Priory farm is currently exactly the...
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    Yes. And No. Yes, it is certainly possible to...

    Yes. And No.
    Yes, it is certainly possible to assemble a battery and motor to fit into the proposed 600kg microlight.
    If you want the power of a 912, you can have it. What you won't get is the...
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    An easily removable, interchangeable and...

    An easily removable, interchangeable and standardised battery would be an ideal way to manage a number of issues surrounding electric vehicles of all kinds. However, it is not the simple 'unplug and...
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    Ok, here goes: If we assume 6 electric...

    Ok, here goes:
    If we assume 6 electric microlights will be flown once per week and each uses 30kwh per flight, we have an energy requirement of 180kwh per week or 26kwh per day, or just over 1kw....
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    :D I see what you did there...

    :D I see what you did there...
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    E power is hardly in its infancy. At the turn of...

    E power is hardly in its infancy. At the turn of the last century (c1900) electric cars were dominant, pre-dating and out-selling IC engined cars, holding speed records and in use as taxis.
    Recent...
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    It is necessary to appreciate the scale of the...

    It is necessary to appreciate the scale of the infrastructure requirement associated with electric vehicles.
    A reasonably efficient car on a typical daily commute will use something like 20kw for 1...
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    Electric power has much to recommend it over IC,...

    Electric power has much to recommend it over IC, but it is not a direct replacement in all applications. Where power and endurance are required within a strict weight limit, electric power will never...
  22. If I understand correctly, to maintain an LAPL...

    If I understand correctly, to maintain an LAPL you would need to keep up hours on non-microlight aircraft. If your plan is to fly microlights, then maintaining hours on non-microlight aircraft in...
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    The link appears to be broken, but copying the...

    The link appears to be broken, but copying the url into a new tab works.
    Thanks Ginge.
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    To Joan's point - I bought a 3 axis machine, a...

    To Joan's point - I bought a 3 axis machine, a Thruster T600N with a Jabiru four stroke engine, for under £7k. I've had to do some work to get its permit re-validated, but all of it was minor, mostly...
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    I can see some situations where one might use...

    I can see some situations where one might use footpaths rather than a road to walk from the filling station. I would struggle to pull a trolley along many of the footpaths in my area.
    Assuming the...
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