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    Excellent point Peter! And that 22s could...

    Excellent point Peter!

    And that 22s could probably be reclaimed by flying accurately with the ball in the middle (I'm speaking for myself here :)
  2. Harry, I still believe you are over-thinking...

    Harry, I still believe you are over-thinking this. The only CAA requirement is that you can meet the standards for an ordinary driving licence and are not on medication for a psychiatric illness....
  3. What Joan said about checking with the BMAA, but...

    What Joan said about checking with the BMAA, but in addition note that Jan 2015 is before the introduction of the current rules which came into force with the revision of the Air Navigation Order in...
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    NPPL(A) is the full name of the licence. It can...

    NPPL(A) is the full name of the licence. It can have SSEA, SLMG, or microlight ratings to it. The other ways of writing it eg NPPL(M) are incorrect, strictly speaking, but are widely used.
    Cross...
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    The best advice anyone ever gave me when I was...

    The best advice anyone ever gave me when I was thinking of actually pursuing my childhood dream was, "Stop thinking about it and just get on with it."

    Later I came to know this approach in another...
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    Harry In your OP you mentioned going to Eshott -...

    Harry
    In your OP you mentioned going to Eshott - it's a great club and a well run school. I'd definitely start there.
    Make sure you hang around the airfield before and after your lessons and talk...
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    What tomshep said :)

    What tomshep said :)
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    As you will discover, once the bug truly bites it...

    As you will discover, once the bug truly bites it will be like this:
    "How much money do you spend on flying?"
    "All of it..."

    The serious answer that I give people is that if you reckon you could...
  9. Brian, I'll send you a pm

    Brian, I'll send you a pm
  10. I've no direct experience of either, but folk...

    I've no direct experience of either, but folk find the minimax pretty straightforward I'm told. They look as if they ought to handle similarly don't they? If you've got experience in the jodel...
  11. The weight limit for a single seat microlight is...

    The weight limit for a single seat microlight is 300kg and it must have a stall speed at max weight not exceeding 35 knots. The 300kg must include an 86kg pilot and sufficient fuel for 60 minutes...
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    So... A rabbi, a vicar and a priest walk into a...

    So...
    A rabbi, a vicar and a priest walk into a bar. The barman looks at them and says. "What is this, a joke?"
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    Okaaaay. Now have got a benchmark on what's...

    Okaaaay. Now have got a benchmark on what's expected...

    Horse goes into a bar.
    Bar man says, "Why the long face?"
  14. Ask at Sackville Farm Tim Wilkinson owns it....

    Ask at Sackville Farm
    Tim Wilkinson owns it.
    www.sackvilleflyingclub.co.uk
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    Your local LAA engineer should be able to do it. ...

    Your local LAA engineer should be able to do it. Or contact Skycraft (01406 371779). They are the UK Rans agents and can do it or will sell you the skins and recommend an engineer close to you.
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    I did. G-MVDE Thruster TST with a 503 with...

    I did. G-MVDE Thruster TST with a 503 with recoil starter. I need to get a radio set up in it because Felthorpe is inside Norwich's class D airspace and they rather like to talk to us (non radio is...
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    Haha well I'll let you know about that soon: I've...

    Haha well I'll let you know about that soon: I've just bought one (a few bits to fettle before it can take to the skies).
    And Hi Allan. Yes, Norfolk treating me very well thanks.
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    In some respects I feel similarly about the Xair....

    In some respects I feel similarly about the Xair. The mark 1 is a delightful aeroplane and so many folks have owned one as their first aircraft. Delightful safe and easy handling to build experience...
  19. I'm intrigued that there are so few left. Shame....

    I'm intrigued that there are so few left. Shame.
    It was seeing a Spectrum close up that gave me the idea to take up microlights (one landed at our gliding club with engine trouble - oddly that...
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    Who in their right mind would tie up say 50k in...

    Who in their right mind would tie up say 50k in an aeroplane they are going to fly 50-100 hours a year in? You could invest it and make 2k pa. I bet nobody factors that into their calculation of...
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    Coincidentally there is a letter from Jeremy...

    Coincidentally there is a letter from Jeremy Harris in April's MF mag about specific fuel consumption and the power needed for level flight. This tends to support the idea that an empirical and...
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    Thanks for those references Joan. So his rule of...

    Thanks for those references Joan. So his rule of thumb is to speed up by a quarter of the headwind (based on a close approximation to the academically rigorous answer). That gives you a much...
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    I think I'm missing something still though, Joan....

    I think I'm missing something still though, Joan. How do you know what power the engine is delivering at the combination of rpm and airspeed that you are flying at? Without that I don't see how you...
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    Looked up what Darrol Stinton in 'the design of...

    Looked up what Darrol Stinton in 'the design of the aeroplane' says about fuel consumption. It looks as if the outcome may be different between four stroke and two stroke engines.
    He says that four...
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    Why? I frequently demonstrate how windy it is...

    Why? I frequently demonstrate how windy it is aloft by getting the student to head into wind and reduce airspeed until we're almost stationary. Groundspeed 10 knots, airspeed 40 knots equals 30 knot...
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