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The group photos of you all enjoying  the evenings was Excellent Scott. . .you being in a similar age group to me ( ! )  the enjoyment was Obvious Sir.   My flying club also engage in such activities, , ,although we here in the UK do not have such a wonderful country to explore, with controlled airspace everywhere !   Not only this, those beginners without the funds to buy a transponder are often left out of the group flyouts, which is a shame, but in the Buzzzzzy airspace in the UK, it really IS becoming a sensible requirement nowadays. . . A Basic transponder here in the UK, ( Mode S ) costs more than I paid for my first aircraft when I came back to the UK in 1983  !

 

Due to retirement, I have had to drop my Instructor. I'R, Twin and light Helicopter ratings as my pensions couldn't finance all the Revals. .. so what I do now is 'Blag' flights with those who are still working commercially as 'Experienced Ballast' which I find is loads of fun, but without the Cost responsibility, ie, I pay half the fuel bill / Landing fee,  and occasionally pay for a breakfast for the Victi,. . .er,. . Owner/ Pilot friend . . .

Add to this the odd 'Ferry' job ( cough cough ) and I still get m share of Flying. . . I hope that , in my advancing years ( 68 now ) that I may continue to fool the Avmed bloke as to my fitness to lift into the luft as Pee One.

 

Question,. . .may I post a link to your videos for my Internet friends in the UK Please ?

 

Kind regards,. .. 

 

Phil.

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Phil Perry said:

 

Question,. . .may I post a link to your videos for my Internet friends in the UK Please ?

 

Kind regards,. .. 

 

Phil.

 

 

 

 

Absobloodylutely!

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Late reply Scott, sorry about that. . . . 'Other Pressures and stuff' LOL

 

When I discovered 'Microlight Aircraft after returning to the UK in 1983,. ..  it wasn't long before I started a 'Long Range desert Group' of Lunatic fliers who went on safaris around the UK.  Now the UK is pretty Tiny, versus the Barren Badlands of OZ, but when you consider that our cruising speeds were of the 50-60 MPH variety, this made the scale a little greater in reality.

 

We were regarded as 'Outlaws' by every major and even medium airfield in the UK, which made our options for landing / refuelling etc, very SPARSE.    Very Few licensed Airfields would accept microlights, which were mainly, though not all Flexwing Trike types.. . .even though I insisted that they all carried VHF radio, which caused some astonishment at the odd field where we were actually ALLOWED to land and refuel,. . .usually because the controller on the radio did not know what our Aircraft types were when we requested permisison to land by radio. . . . . 

 

Airfields with fuel only served up AVGAS which we 'COULD' use, but it was horrendously expensive when compared to the Mogas we all operated with. . . ie, we all used 80/87 octane Pink Four Star Petrol. . . mixed with Two Stroke Oil . . . . .. Unleaded petrol (Also 100LL Avgas )not being around at the time. . . Avgas was great, but it seriously dented the wallets of those on a budget at around Double the cost. . .

 

We used to have to plan these Safaris well in advance, locating Farmers with flat bits of land for fuel  / camping stops but it worked out very well for a few years,. . .until the mainstream airfields gradually awoke to this new Fuel / Cafe revenue stream and I am glad to have taken a part of this evolution.

 

Several of the farmers who helped us set up proper strips and facilities for this burgeoning Flying pastime, ad benefitted greatly from diversifying their farms. . .

 

We now have 'Microlight' / SLA machines which are faster and less costly than G.A machines. . .and there are vanishingly few sites which refuse to accept low energy aircraft at all. . . You can now land your Sportstar or Jabiru at Brmingham, Manchester, or Gatwick International nowadays, IF you are transponder equipped, and can afford the landing and Handling fees ( ? )

 

Not surprisingly,. . .not many folks actually DO that. . . .

 

 

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That brought back memories, Phil.

 

In 1979, I imported a Pterodactyl kit from the States, & built it in my shed. No microlight schools on the Isle of Wight in those days, so I taught myself to fly it from nearby farmers' fields (which were way too small). Eventually got to fly it ok, so went cross country. 

 

I took off an hour or so before dawn from my home paddock on the Island, as I wanted to try night flying. I flew to a mate's house on the Isle of Sheppey. Somewhere north of Brighton, I needed to refuel. I found a little village with a recreation ground on top of a little hill, and opposite it was a petrol station. I landed on the footy field, and unstrapped the fuel tank. Carried it over the road and filled it with mogas from the pump, plus my stash of 2-stroke oil.

 

By the time I got back to my plane, half the village had turned out. It was a very noisy direct drive system, and microlights were all but unknown in those days, so they'd all turned out to see this strange flying machine. One guy struggled to believe I'd come from the IOW that morning. I took off between the 2 sets of goal posts, & managed a double arm wave to the masses as I headed north east, into the increasingly murky weather of a front, as it happened.

 

Made it to the Isle of Sheppey, but after my arrival sad to say my 'Dactyl was in more than one piece. But that's another story. . .

 

Quite a few of my contemporaries landed by motorway fuel stations to refuel. And I once landed in a field by a pub just down the road from Popham Airfield to ask the way. Everything seemed so much simpler in those days: no licence needed; no inspection or build regs; and initially, the only instrument I carried was a Ventimeter for an ASI.

 

Aye, but it were fun!

 

Bruce 

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Lovely story Bruce. . .

 

On the whole, I think that we developed a pretty good set of Regs and Guidelines to make our hobby a safe one, and it is interesting to see that many of these are being relaxed to some degree, with the 'Single Seat Deregulation' ( SSDR ) path which is now available for some of the earlier types, with little modification required, Although I'm not 'Overly' happy with the fact that NO Permit to Fly inspection is required following first acceptance of a type into this regime. . . .I HOPE that owners won't take this as carte blanche to operate deathtraps, or generally not maintain their machines to a safe standard.

 

If there are any serious incidents in this regard, I can foresee Airfields refusing Landing permission across the board for All  SSDR operators.   We will have to see how this all works out.

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I wish there were more guidelines and less regs. I suppose when the swat team turn up and shoot you for not conforming to a safety reg, that's ok.

( different Bruce here, I'm from South Australia )

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1 hour ago, Bruce Tuncks said:

I wish there were more guidelines and less regs. I suppose when the swat team turn up and shoot you for not conforming to a safety reg, that's ok.

( different Bruce here, I'm from South Australia )

It's very very simple in Australia; if you are negligent and you hurt someone you will pay the costs involved.

Most of what you are calling regulations are benchmarks for your defence; if you were complying you are not likely to be found negligent.

Ssssimple!

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7 hours ago, turboplanner said:

It's very very simple in Australia; if you are negligent and you hurt someone you will pay the costs involved.

Most of what you are calling regulations are benchmarks for your defence; if you were complying you are not likely to be found negligent.

Ssssimple!

If your negligent just pay some wanker Lawyer thousands of dollars to represent you and your off!

SSSSSSSimple !

Only joking ! I pay thousands of dollars for insurance every year. My public liability insurance company will only pay if I'm not proven negligent, if I'm negligent they don't have to pay up. What's the point of insurance ? :pull hair:

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Fitted in a nice flight to Koumala and back via Sarina.  The rain showers caught up with me about 5 miles from home.  Was not too heavy and just the last 5 miles saw the cloud low; was ok other wise had an alternate just behind me to land and wait the shower to pass.

 

 

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Just a pleasant sunset flight down the Northern Oregon coast.  Landed at a seaside strip where the treeline provided a welcome block to the strong East crosswind, just in time for touchdown.  Narrow enough to keep me on my toes! Still stretching the envelope in my first tail-dragger..

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From a November flight from WA to SA ......Nullabor and the "bight".

 

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