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  1. Another thing, of course, is that you really need...

    Another thing, of course, is that you really need at least a 1/4 mill chart for navigating using Mk 1 eyeball and ground features. If you're doing a long flight that would mean having a huge wad of...
  2. It all depends on what sort of flight you want to...

    It all depends on what sort of flight you want to do. Pilotage and dead reckoning navigation is OK if all you want to do is bimble, especially in an area which you know pretty well and there are...
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    Here's an idea. Keep the basic wing framework and...

    Here's an idea. Keep the basic wing framework and make ribs out of foam that you epoxy into position. Then cover the structure with Oraflex or similar. A pal did similar here with some success - foam...
  4. Thread: Xair Towbar

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    Xair Towbar

    Having made a towbar for my Savannah I now want to make one for the Xair that's currently hibernating in the UK waiting for weather good enough to fly it over to France.
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    Well, as I'm over 70 I'll get it for free. Still...

    Well, as I'm over 70 I'll get it for free. Still a bit concerned about the rubber glove treatment though, as those damn bureaucrats have a talent for thinking of new things to get you with just when...
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    I can't see how things will change. You already...

    I can't see how things will change. You already have to use a customs airfield on both sides of the channel, complete an international flight plan, complete a GAR form to enter and leave the UK and...
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    Ah OK. hmmm... it depends on where you see the...

    Ah OK. hmmm... it depends on where you see the French system heading to. Personallly I think that the 500kg limit will be purely temporary and is just a 'holding' position in order to protect the...
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    No, because in order to be 'uprated' to 500kg an...

    No, because in order to be 'uprated' to 500kg an ULM's technical dossier needs to be amended by the manufacturer either, as will most likely be the case with the Savannah, as a formality with no mods...
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    Steve, from memory I think that there are several...

    Steve, from memory I think that there are several actually, all on LAA 450kg permits, kit built with 582s. My memory may be playing tricks as it was quite a while ago that I was interested in...
  10. Of course I did, Clive, and thanks for pointing...

    Of course I did, Clive, and thanks for pointing it out. In my defence I typed it out quickly while doing something else and didn't think about what I was typing beforehand.

    Martin, you really must...
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    Hope so Phil. What should have been a simple,...

    Hope so Phil. What should have been a simple, quick procedure has become a very frustrating one. I've now had 2 abortive trips to the UK (OK, they allowed me to see my family so mustn't grumble) and...
  12. OMG why? You just need to do what is done in...

    OMG why? You just need to do what is done in France when you sell an aircraft. You sign a form agreeing that it's airworthy and henceforth you accept all responsibility for it. What is this...
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    My French AX3/Weedhopper with MYRO's (my old UK...

    My French AX3/Weedhopper with MYRO's (my old UK AX3) old 503 engine fitted is a 450kg machine over here :)
  14. Great. I've submitted my reply. I'll probably be...

    Great. I've submitted my reply. I'll probably be hung, drawn and quartered the next time I return to the UK as they kindly asked for further information about rules and regs, so I gave it :)
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    An update for anyone who's still interested in...

    An update for anyone who's still interested in what's going on with this 'project'. No flying for several weeks so passed the time putting this video together instead.

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  16. In France, there are ULM fly-ins both national...

    In France, there are ULM fly-ins both national and local throughout the summer and eg at Ste Foy la Grande there was a hangar sauerkraut and sausages nosh-up just before Christmas that you could...
  17. Thread: Les Miz viz

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    Same initials (RM) and prénom as me. I knew...

    Same initials (RM) and prénom as me.

    I knew you'd spot the 'Charente' bit. I said it was 'Vendée' on my blog but couldn't be bothered changing my post above. How are you missing France? Will you...
  18. Thread: Les Miz viz

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    Indeed it is Clive. He re-covered the seats and...

    Indeed it is Clive. He re-covered the seats and put a few '00€ on the price but hasn't managed to resell it, probably because my original price was pretty fair for what it was. He also seems to have...
  19. Thread: Les Miz viz

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    I sold my French X-Air earlier this year and...

    I sold my French X-Air earlier this year and delivered it to its new owner in St-Aubin in the Vendée in March. The link below is the posting I put onto my blog about the flight and especially the...
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    Morning Phil, I'd prefer not to. The wing covers...

    Morning Phil, I'd prefer not to. The wing covers are pretty immaculate right now and bearing in mind how old they are, I know from experience that when they've been removed and refitted, they never...
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    Oh dear, things are getting a bit butt clenching....

    Oh dear, things are getting a bit butt clenching. The X-Air has to be moved out of the barn where it's currently hangared because the owner wants to fit a new shutter in its front with a restricted...
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    It could well need a major rethink of the...

    It could well need a major rethink of the airspace over the south of England to change it. To be able to get much higher than the FL65 over the Channel an aircraft like ours would need to be orbiting...
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    Just got off the phone after a phone call to ATC...

    Just got off the phone after a phone call to ATC at Le Touquet. Those guys are so helpful. Le Touquet is in Class D airspace so a transponder is mandatory. However, they have agreed that so long as I...
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    So, the same old red herring. Why for goodness...

    So, the same old red herring. Why for goodness sake? Passengers get by quite happily in France without such nanny-state thinking. The pilot's instinct for self-preservation also protects passengers....
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    Pete, between Dover and Cap Gris Nez/Calais you'd...

    Pete, between Dover and Cap Gris Nez/Calais you'd be infringing CAS at that height. The limit is 6000 ft so best to fly at 5500 ft to be sure.
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