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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by Bel Bel » Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:10 am

Oh I would love to go microlight flying - jealous
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by captainf » Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:58 pm

Hi Bel Bel,

You can book one off lessons via microlight training schools. Would you like to do that? I'm not sure where you live but im sure theres a local microlight school near you.
I've flown in 3 different microlights - A gemini flash 2, mainair blade and also an X-air.
The air X-air is very aeroplane like, but the flash 2 and blade are more the traditional microlight - you have to wear a thermal suit, helmet and gloves flying in them. Its lovely in the summer time but during the winter the cold can really sting your face. The great thing about the flash 2 and blade is that theres literally no sides to them so you can see straight down! Interestingly though the passenger sits a little higher up than the pilot, and the pilot actually sits between the passengers legs.. haha.
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by Bel Bel » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:56 am

Wow thats sounds cool
I live in hertfordshire but I would be willing to travel. You are in Milton Keynes aren't you, that isn't so far from me
Do you know how much it costs? How can I find out more?
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by captainf » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:51 pm

Hey,

Yeah you're not far from me, I am indeed in MK. I fly from Cranfield but theres no microlights there.

I think the closest is the lot I was chatting to on the weekend. Bedford Microlight Centre. Their little airfield isnt too far away from Cranfield..

Their website is;

http://www.bedfordmicrolightcentre.co.uk/

To give you an idea - A flex wing is the typical microlight you think of, however a fixed wing (or 3 axis) is a microlight that looks aeroplane like.

Looks like the cheapest is £60 which is pretty good really. I have to pay £110 per hour solo in planes..
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Post by Bel Bel » Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:04 pm

Brilliant, thanks CF
I am going to look into and book - :P
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Post by captainf » Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:44 pm

Excellent. If you decide to go fixed wing take your camera too and take lots of pics, both of the micro and in the air.
If you go flexi wing you probably wont take your camera in the air with you - I never took mine in the flexi because I had to wear a thermal suit and gloves and I had nowhere to store the camera. Besides im no good at taking photos with gloves on. :P

Let me know if you do book up. :) Oh and give us a wave if you fly over MK ;)
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Post by kerrie24 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:06 pm

Hi Im back :( Had a great time,as i said before i left I had only ever flew thomas cook,just wanted to report that my first ever thomson flight was delayed both going and coming home!Only by about half an hour going and just over an hour on return but still,it can be frustrating.But we had a great time,it was soooo hot though,I notice it has been here as well.

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Post by Bel Bel » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:10 pm

Yes but we weren't in our bikinis sipping cocktails :D 8)
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Post by captainf » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:11 pm

What was the given reason for the delay? Tech aircraft, ATC slot restriction, Weather, something safety related or a nice friendly Captain willing to wait for late self loading freight?
Glad you had a good time.
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by kerrie24 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:12 pm

LOL me ....in a bikini?!! Certainly not I wouldnt inflict that on anyone hahaha but I did have a few cocktails :lol:

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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by kerrie24 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:15 pm

Captain I just noticed your reply,erm on the way out the pilot came on and said he was waiting for the flight plan to be brought over?I would of thought he would of allready had to look at it before the morning of the flight?But what do I know.lol
On the journey home it was because the previous night the staff had got back late or something and they have to have a legal amount of resting time before the morning flight??

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Post by captainf » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:24 pm

Normally flight dispatch give the pilots the flightplan. The pilot then goes over it making the necessary calculations and puts the info into the flight management computer. So the first delay was down to flight dispatch however could relate to ATC too.

Yes, if the crew were delayed from the previous day then the flight has to be delayed so that they get adequate resting time - this is a legal requirement and cannot be changed as its a safety regulation regarding to human performance.
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by captainf » Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:31 pm

Came accross this photo today..

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufthans ... 1550753/L/

Lufthansa retired their last A300 a few days ago. Looks like it was signed by the airlines employees. This is quite common practice when planes are being tired. I'll miss the LH A300's.

On a lighter note, how about turtles on the runway?

http://nycaviation.com/2009/07/08/jfk-r ... o-turtles/
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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by Pwif » Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:17 pm

captain_flynn wrote:On a lighter note, how about turtles on the runway?

http://nycaviation.com/2009/07/08/jfk-r ... o-turtles/

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Re: Flying and general travel!

Post by captainf » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:15 pm

I know the feeling :P
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