Microlight Aircraft

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  1. jetlag03

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    This is my near madness. In the UK it's called "Weightshift Microlight" and here in France "ULM Pendulaire". Just as soon as I figure out how to add a photo I will. She is called "The Pipster" and is powered by a two strke Rotax 582cc engine. She can fly at a max speed of 120-130kph with a cruise of 80-100kph. Usually fly at between 1000' and 2000' but can if no restrictions exist fly upto 12,500'. Sometimes described as a motorcycle in the sky. A "Marmite" thing, you'll either love it or hate it. My wife will never climb aboard but regularly take friends for a little flight.
     
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    In an earlier life, I used to chill out on Cabanas beach in the Algarve.

    One season, there was a small willied, look at me, pea brained prat who used to fly his whining, noisy microlite up and down, up and down, up and down... just above the beach... disturbing all the folk trying to enjoy some peace and quiet.

    Almost worse than ruddy jet skiers.

    Just saying


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    Hmm says video is private... you need to change your settings /preference or whatever they are called..
    Do you need a licence to fly those things ,and can you do your own services on the motor...,??
    Andy.
     
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    I'd like to be a passenger (but probably too heavy - and then maybe I would be sick!)

    If I am re-incarnated I'm coming back as an albatross. :)
     
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    But jet skiers have bigger willies don't they?:rolleyes:
     
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    I must confess that I don't really know... :whistle:


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    JJ. Too true always some who refuse to conform and spoil it for others, we even have them in motorhomes, sometimes.

    Andy 63 I'll have a look at it, I'm in the process of adding some nice music, but I'm a novice, and drink, so things take a bit longer for me. Rules for service etc vary with countries, UK are rather strict, France, they don't really care. It's your plane and your choice, BUT, if you have a whoopsie and hurt someone cos you made a mistake, they come after you, big time.

    Puddleduck. Depends how "cuddly" you are. My instructor has a very light craft in which he has a passenger payload higher than mine. General rule (French) if you can fit in the seat you're away.

    Dabhand. Have you been looking ???
     
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    Updated montage of 2016 flying in the Charente Maritime France
     
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    I'm sure it's more exciting if you're at the controls.
     
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    This is ( was ! ) Darrell's Ikarus fixed wing microlight .. Now sold on as he is too busy working to give it the time it deserves

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    Brilliant video and music, many thanks.
    Norman.
     
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    Many thanks, Tucano, if ever you are in our neck of the woods say hello. If the weather is good maybe take a flight. Say hello to "gods country" for me
     
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    Will certainly be in touch should I ever be in your area. I love to fly in anything but after an accident with my paragliding decided that perhaps best not to be actually flying the things myself.
    Damn shame really as I had an idea of life but one accident was one too many and I will be in pain for the rest of my days but then such is life.
    Gods country says hello in return (y)
     
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    I had the pleasure of being taken for a ride in a glider in Guttersloh Germany on an Uk military base by a fighter pilot. What an experience, fantastic, scary. I am a bit of a petrol head so if it has a motor, I'm drawn. My friends have some fantastic microlight aircraft, just like mini planes some costing £130K+ but I prefer the open feeling of my trike, and it's alot cheaper. Imagine, sat on a plastic deck chair with a lap strap, you look to the side and there is nothing there but upto 10,000ft of clear air. Blows the cobwebs out.
     
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    Had a go at tandem paragliding in the alps 2000 feet up with a French bloke strapped to your back don't know which was more scary!!!
     
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    The French Alps was where I had my accident, great pity as I was enjoying the flying but it would appear that I wasn't that good at it or I wouldn't have fallen.
    End of a dream but lived to tell the tale (y)
     
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