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    Hello all,

    Just thought i'd introduce myself. My names Carl Taylor and ive just started my microlight training at Perth Airport with Pegasus trainging school. Ive done 7 hours so far and i'm thoughly enjoying it.

    Just wondered if anyone had any advice re: learning to fly microlights, when to buy a microlight, which type, any good books i should be reading and any other advice etc...

    I have bought "Microlight pilot's handbook" and "The A-Z of Microlighting" by Chris Stowe. Any other suggestions for books i should be reading.

    When should i start swotting up on exam papers etc.....

    Also when i get my licence i'm hoping to fly in Spain. Any advice re: flying in Spain?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Cheers

    Carl

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    Perth is an amazing airfield....shame that it is going through a patch of uncertainty at the moment...seems it is losing the hard runways to the Caravan Club, but they are laying some grass alternative runways for continued use.



    My suggestions are: Get your licence and then think about buying a microlight, but some will disagree no doubt !!

    Perth??[/b]

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      • #4
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        Carl wrote: When should i start swotting up on exam papers etc
        Hi Carl, great you are doing your PPL Microlight licence. You will have to sit your Air Law exam before your instructer can send you Solo, so a bit of reading up on that one would be good. You can also sit mock exam papers at http://education.islandmicrolightclub.com/ The exams are not that difficult really, the only one that I found takes a bit of sweating over was the Met. The most important thing is that you are enjoying the training, I also enjoyed my training immensly.
        The question on buying a microlight depends greatly in a few factors; Budget/Engine/Age/Touring ability/Seats e.t.c
        Take a bit of time and ask plenty of questions, don't buy in haste and see what is out there for the budget you have in mind.... In flexwings it can be anything from £2000 upwards, so plenty to choose from. Take a look at www.Afors.Com where you will see a lot of stuff for sale, talk to your instructor, he/she will be a mine of information and their input will be invaluable.
        I really cannot afford an opinion regarding flying in Spain, as I have never done it, but I am sure that a few people on the group will be able to assist...... Everything else you seem to be doing right....Keep enjoying it and keep us posted on how your training is going.......... OOOOHHH and a big welcome to the Group.

        Jon

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        • #5
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          Hi Carl,

          And welcome from me too. The only advise left to give you is, look round for your own microlight as soon as possible. Take plenty of advice, and your instructor, when you do buy, especially if its second hand. The sooner you have your own, the sooner you get used to it, :idea: and it will save you a lot of money when you start to go solo.

          See you around,

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          • #6
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            I stuck with the school plane then brought mine once I’d finished (and had better understanding of what I was looking for, and more importantly, what I really wanted).

            The difference in training cost for me was £25ph less if I had my own plane.

            Once you add the cost of your own plane, the insurance, hangerage, maintenance, permits and petrol, it’s going to cost more that the £25 saving in lessons.

            There are lots of people who will give you some personal advice on what to buy, but the point is it is personal advice. I prefer a Rans to a Skyranger, and there’s lot’s of pilots out there who would recommend it the other way round……

            My advice is to stick it out with what your use to.. the school plane. Spend your time focusing on the license. Take you time, and to try out different types before you purchase (there is usually someone at an airfield who would be happy to take you for a spin around the block).

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            • #7
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              I would not be in too much of a hurry to buy your first plane. It may look attractive in terms of the reduced hourly cost of training, but taking into account your overheads, in real terms you will save nothing. As you gain more experience, your ideas of what you want will form and undoubtedly change from time to time. I trained on the school aircraft and when I got my licence, I joined an insurance only group flying a tail dragger Rans for a year. During that year I made up my mind what I wanted and then bought my own plane.

              Listen to all the advice you can but remember the final choice is yours and only you can decide exactly what you want/need. A top of the range whizzy aircraft can be very attractive but does it suit your budget, your flying ability/experience, the strip from which you fly, your style of flying etc.

              Allan

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              • #8
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                Hi Carl,

                I'm also training up at Perth just now, currently exercise 12&13 (circuits)

                I bought may Raven not long after starting my training, It's given me the motovation to keep going when the going gets tough.

                Hope to see you up at the airfield

                Graham.

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                • #9
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                  Hi Graham,

                  Good to hear from you. Ive just done exercise 10a today. Got another lesson Sat and Sunday so i'm looking forward to those.

                  How much did your microlight cost? How come you went you a raven?

                  Are you going to the xmas doo tomorrow evening at Perth?

                  See you there for a pint if you are

                  Cheers

                  Carl

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                  • #10
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                    Hi Peter,

                    Thanks for your welcome on to this site.

                    Yeah may see you around at Perth. Are you going to the scottish aero club xmas doo on Sat eve? I'll see you there for a beer or two if you are.

                    I had a quick shot in Alistair's plane today. Do you know him? Not sure of his surname. He's got a chocolate cocker spaniel that he sometimes takes up in his plane.

                    It was fantastic fun going up in his plane.

                    Anyway if your ever at Perth doing some flying and you need a partner to come up with you. Then give me a shout.

                    Thanks

                    Carl Taylor
                    07956387345

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                    • #11
                      Hello

                      We are just about at the same phase methinks! Actually I have just bought a flexwing from Perth (Dave Martin) and have it safely in my garage ready for some tender loving care! Decided to give it a damn good clean, spit and polish and at the same time get familiar with airframe and engine bits...
                      I have already had good advice from the guys here, especially links to exam papers etc. In fact I could pass on the papers sent to me if you let me have your email address. I have passed all but Nav, which I am waiting to do as soon as I reach that stage of flying. I preferred to get exams out of the way quickly, in fact the air law is a prerequisite to first solo so I took that first.
                      I found the Microlight Pilots Handbook ok, but there are one or two missing pieces of information, so definitely recommend reading as much as possible.
                      Hi Dean,

                      That would be great if you could pass on those papers for me. Much appreciated.

                      What other books would you recomend reading?

                      Ive just done exercise 10a today. Got a lesson Sat and Sun so i'm looking forward to those.

                      When would you suggest i look at doing written exams then?

                      Cheers

                      Carl Taylor
                      carlfunkydrums@yahoo.co.uk

                      Not sure about flying in Spain tho…nowhere near that yet

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                      • #12
                        Hello

                        Thanks

                        Jon, Jiggles, Les and Allan for all your feedback

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                        • #13
                          Hello

                          There seems to be a few of people for buying early, and a lot against. There is no right answer apart from the one that works for you. In my opinion though one of the biggest mistakes I made was not to buy during training. Putting arguments of expense to one side, it was for me the annoyance of booking a solo lesson on a day at 3 O'clock only to find the weather was not suitable. It was suitable at 4 O'clock but someone else had that slot. Many of my peers were arriving in the morning and flying when the weather was right. They could do that because they had there own aircraft. Some months I would not fly at all even though there were flyable slots. I just wasn't booked in at the right time. My training cost me thousands more because, I was not getting sufficient hours in consecutive weeks. By the time I got flying again I had to revisit stuff that I wouldn't have had to if I had my own aircraft. During my hour building; the hours were in some cases dropping off the front of my log book faster than I could put them on. I was on the verge of jacking it all in towards the end.

                          My experience of not having my own aircraft was that of extra expense, extra frustration, and less coherent training.

                          All because of the weather!

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                          • #14
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                            Hi Carl,
                            I currently have one of my aircraft in the ACS Hangar on maintenance and when it appears outside again I will happily give you a fly around !!! I presume you are doing flexwing training though? all the same if you want to see the Perth countryside at 100kts+ you are more than welcome to fly !!

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                            • #15
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                              With the "should I buy, should I not" debate getting a good airing on this thread
                              I noticed the advice about buying now !!! if you buy now and as you say the 3pm slot gets cancelled, surely your instructor will be busy at 4pm when the weather clears up with his 4pm student anyway?
                              I think that argument holds as much water as a leaking bucket !!!!

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