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    Just heard her say (in the Emirates advert) in response to a kid saying 'when I'm a pilot you'll be able to fly round the world very fast'
    'Oh that's a shame", says Jennifer " it's so nice up here".
    Ben and Paul said to me that they never really understood the race to get from one clubhouse to another in the minimum of time and spend most of your day on the ground rather than actually in the air.
    Mike

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    Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

    I remember landing on Bute 35 minutes after the hotship had landed and being asked sarcastically where I had been for said 35 minutes and I replied smugly FLYING
    I do however see the place for said hotships namely trying to get back from Oban into a 35 to 40 mph headwind dooable in a 90mph+ machine not a hope in hell in a 582 powered 55mph one

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    • #3
      Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

      Well personally I would not want to be flying in a 35 - 40mph headwind (or tailwind) over the Scottish mountains in anything.
      AndyB

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      • #4
        Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

        Bit of a duff argument really. You can still fly as long if you want to, just you can get further.
        'Hot ship' fliers still do as many, if not more hours (due to larger weather window).

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        • #5
          Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

          been there and done it Andy all you need is to make sure you are well above hill height and stay well away from the lee side of the hills also crossed the Irish sea when it was blowing 35.
          Andy F you are 100% correct in that the weather window is larger but there are a lot of pilots out there that very rarely travel anymore than 75miles away from their home airfields.
          There are a few up here who travel to Bute and no farther but own machines capable of flights to the south coast and then the opposite end of the spectrum one lad from Strathaven who flew his flexwing to the faroes and did another trip to lands end and back in one day.

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          • #6
            Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

            I take your point Andy but when I had my Blade which could cruise at 60 I only really went 45 miles in either direction (Eshott or Baxby) and was strangely pleased when it took me only 35 minutes. I did do a trip round Scotland once and the Isle of Wight thing once. When I have done Eshott or Baxby in the Dragonfly it's meant probably 4 hours in the air and an hour on the ground and pretty knackered when I got home. But most of my flying is for an hour around my home airfield
            Mike

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            • #7
              Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

              I have a foot in both camps here. I enjoy flying, not simply travelling. To arrive somewhere is satisfying, but the journey is as important, if not more so. Flying in straight lines isn't really for me; I like to feel the air under the wings and I really enjoy floating along at low level, really breathing in the view and perspective. But there comes a point where one wishes to take in new views, land at unfamiliar airfields, float along over new sights and experience new perspectives. This is when I enjoy being able to fly a bit faster, to get to a new area of interest quicker, then ease off and have more time to explore that area. When flying my Mercury, it would take about 2.5 - 3h flying to reach Bute or Gigha and the same return, with a 1h stop on one leg for fuel (or both legs if flying two up). Very enjoyable and perfectly do-able. Now, it takes 1h 20m and no fuel stop. This opens up the possibility to go farther, explore more places in the same given flying time. Andy's point about the weather window is good too. When cruising at 50, a 30 headwind will ruin your day, not so if cruising at 80.

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                Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                David - Two points. I concluded after about 10 years of occasionally flying further afield that I didn't like the stress. It wasn't the stress of flying, it was the stress of not being able to fly (or get back). I remember landing at Spamfield and immediately fretting about which day and time to depart because of weather windows.
                Second point: One of my intentions in buying a Dragonfly was that I could put it in my car - drive to Oban and do those same flights you are talking about but with a guarantee I could get home. However despite me knowing that Ben can derig and load the car in less than 90 minutes my time was more like 4 hours. I have thought about buying one of their simpler models as mine as the topless wing and the fully faired trike, but to be honest rigging and derigging is one of those irrational hates of mine. In truth does it matter that it would take me an hour to rig my aircraft - what else would I be doing with my spare time if I wasn't rigging it - probably having a coffee in our clubroom.
                Mike

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                • #9
                  Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                  I'm with Mike on the get-home stress.
                  90 minutes?? 4 hours?? Jesus, what have flexwings become? Back in the day of trailered Flashes, XL/Qs and Ravens, we'd reckon on arrival to pre-flighting in 20-30 minutes. As for landing to driving away; similar; or even less if it was getting close to kitchen closure time down at the pub... Mind we were younger then. Has rigging got more complicated?
                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                    well the topless Combat wing is complicated Dave - millions more battens but it's the faff with the struts that used to nail me and why I gave up derigging.
                    Of course if you have a trailer then the rigging time for the trike is nil, but the Dragonfly used to fit inside my Lexus saloon car on the backseat. But in order to do that there was a fair bit of origami involved. The beauty though is of course that you can cruise to your destination at 80mph as long as you are confident about the wing not sailing off into the distance from the roof rack
                    Mike

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                    • #11
                      Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                      IF I can crack the reliability thing with the Briggs engine, the Magic SSDR Cyclone is a viable tourer; went down to Spamfield in one hop using 23.6 litres in 3.75 hours from Beverley, trouble is the camshaft broke at 160 hours, and I made a complete hash of the forced landing. Although the cam is now reinforced with a steel bar down the middle (copied from an American supplier, and you can buy billet steel versions from them for absolute reassurance) it will be a little while before confident longer trips will be the norm.

                      On the way back hit a 20mph headwind and averaged 40mph 250 miles back up country, that was like watching paint dry...

                      This complicated rigging thing is a bit secondary; out of the bag took 1.5 hours as this was the first time in six months after the prang, but for a small investment a rigging trolley means the wing wheels out a low door hangar completely intact, and timed to flyable condition is around six or seven minutes without breaking sweat. give it two or three more to set camera and GPS up and it's engine start time.

                      Once watched the video of the top of the range Dragonfly trike being assembled, with all the sexy little glass fibre parts it seemed to be a lengthy and complicated process, definitely that model is best wheeled out of a hangar as is as it looks fabulous but needs time to set up; you can see why they went over to the simpler Fox Cub version for touring with a de rigged trike and wing, or for those without hangarage.

                      If Paul Bailey had not parked the V-Twin development the Dragonfly would be the Ducati of trikes, as it would take a faster wing and be the SSDR capable of getting to, and touring (say) France without being trailered at all. Read about an Alize trike with the Swissauto 250 four stroke doing 2,200km, so it is feasible

                      Kev
                      G-KEVA
                      BMAA 5696

                      "If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: it's all balls."

                      R.J. Mitchell :- Designer of the Supermarine Spitfire

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                      • #12
                        Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                        Had my Ace Cyclone in the air a couple of weeks back...Dave S was there .....the standing joke was that it was a single seat trike that took 8 people to rig!
                        The main problem was that I was unfamiliar with it. I am now making a couple of simple rigging aids (keel extensions like a Quik, and a ground anchor to the front of the trike to keep it stable) which should make it a 1 person job to rig out of the bag in maybe 30 minutes.
                        The Cyclone gives me a 55-60mph machine with 503 rotax and 4hr duration, with reasonable storage capacity. I will still need a trailer, but the trike is so light it is easy for one person to load and unload - personally I would not like the trike / engine / fuel in my car.
                        A strutted wing would be nice but can be more of a hassle to rig from the bag than a conventional wing.
                        So as Kev has shown, simple SSDR machines can give you the capability to tour.....or just fly locally
                        AndyB

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                        • #13
                          Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                          Glad to hear you are back in the air, Kev. Wishing you reliability as Im sure we all do.

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                          • #14
                            Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                            You're kidding - you're famous!

                            DEATH DEFYING PILOT SURVIVES TERRIFYING HORROR CRASH FROM 3000'

                            [quote=Kev Armstrong] and I made a complete hash of the forced landing.

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                            • #15
                              Jennifer Anniston espouses SSDR philosophy

                              I think the problem is we have got richer,weaker and lazy in our old age and find a way around the hassle of de-rigging as the easy practical option so its slipped from the manufacturers agenda.

                              I had to go for the soft fairing fixed undercarriage version of the Dragon and then modified a few fixings and support before I could rig it with ease never mind about against the clock to make it work.

                              This also had to include detachable tank with dry connections and a carb drain to make sure you did not carry the left over fuel in the back of the car as well.

                              I have no idea how long it takes but I can get to the finish without sweat most days ;-)

                              As for distance, the air speed and direction I find is more than a passing interest ( just like the old days ) but it is surprising how far you can get and I constantly surprise the local proper plane people by arriving at some far flung airfield 1/2 hour after them used less fuel and seen a lot more. ;-)

                              SSDR - enjoy

                              Kev, its not if but when you sort your engine!
                              Mick Broom
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