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    Hi all, many thanks for your kind comments. Yes,...

    Hi all, many thanks for your kind comments. Yes, I'm really glad to be back, especially after the conditions that I flew in. I've never had to fly so long and so far and be working stick and rudder...
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    Tuesday was the big day. A much longer than...

    Tuesday was the big day. A much longer than planned, exhausting flight with one or two problems.

    http://www.micro-trike.co.uk/wordpress/the-long-flight-home/
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    As I'm still cooling my heels in the slammer......

    As I'm still cooling my heels in the slammer... sorry, I'll start again. As I'm still enjoying an unexpectedly extended stay in the 'C' (for) caravan at Clipgate, I decided that I may as well make...
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    I think that I'm paying the price of trying to...

    I think that I'm paying the price of trying to get an aircraft that hasn't been flown for several years back into the air with minimum work (because I aim to do a proper job down south). Yup, this...
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    Gentlemen (and Joan), I am ashamed to say that I...

    Gentlemen (and Joan), I am ashamed to say that I have a confession to make. Flying the Xair around mid-day and for the first time in over 50 years since I first began flying I ran out of fuel.

    I...
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    Turning a disaster into a nightmare. I sorted out...

    Turning a disaster into a nightmare. I sorted out the magneto earthing problem - it was in the multi-connector as I'd suspected. It took a couple of goes because in the process when I pushed the two...
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    Nearly there but not quite. After replacing all...

    Nearly there but not quite. After replacing all of the small bore tubing, high speed taxi runs indicated that I have a normal working fuel system and just need to confirm with an air test. However...
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    Mike, the fuel is from November but engine...

    Mike, the fuel is from November but engine performance so far indicates it's OK. Power as per when there's pressure. I'm rather sceptical about 'bad' fuel after a few months. Years yes, 5/6 months...
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    Pete, and who said that flying microlights is...

    Pete, and who said that flying microlights is dangerous eh... :fighting0024:

    Steve, I'm hoping you're right about the filters. I refurbed the pump first thing and it improved the idle pressure and...
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    Yeah it looks as though that 0.2 bar really is...

    Yeah it looks as though that 0.2 bar really is the critical figure. This one has been hovering around that for a long time and you can only get significantly above that with the electric pump on...
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    John, the small one near the engine was only...

    John, the small one near the engine was only recently changed by the former owner and the larger one close to the tanks isn't easy to get to but I'd be surprised if it was restricting the fuel flow...
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    Evening gents. Unfortunately didn't get away...

    Evening gents. Unfortunately didn't get away today as I went out yesterday to buy a few tools and stripped the carbs today. They were as clean as a whistle so decided to go all over the fuel system...
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    Too much excitement

    I drove up from France yesterday with the aim of at last getting my ex-pat Xair out of the UK and over the Channel. My plan was pretty simple. Arrive Sunday, inspect, prepare and check fly the...
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    Joan, when I was a young corporate planner I had...

    Joan, when I was a young corporate planner I had to go to London to a computer bureau to use their software facilities. I then went 'remote' and dialed into them using a modem that you used to dial...
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    Pete, I wish I could have. Unfortunately although...

    Pete, I wish I could have. Unfortunately although all GA flight distance restrictions have been removed within France, the way I understand it the borders are closed. So much as I'm desperate to get...
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    Thanks a lot. Appreciate the comment.

    Thanks a lot. Appreciate the comment.
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    Here's the video of the first leg of my first...

    Here's the video of the first leg of my first flight in my Savannah following the lockdown here in France. Join me in the cabin - no social distancing or masks necessary ...

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    :) I had thoughts along similar lines. Another...

    :) I had thoughts along similar lines. Another thing, why do we see such a disproportionate number of reports of Cirruses coming down but not so many of other aircraft without parachutes? Is it...
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    My new normality? As well as being in love with...

    My new normality? As well as being in love with my ULMs I've got into drones during the lockdown. I've got loads of space around my house and while we were locked down (from 17 March to 11 May) and...
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    :) Don't worry Martin. We pilots have too many...

    :) Don't worry Martin. We pilots have too many common problems to be squabbling over anything. Everyone knows my views by now without me repeating them.

    Yup, the 'classic' Savannah like mine has...
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    Hiya, our airfield is Chateau Malbec LF2467 (24...

    Hiya, our airfield is Chateau Malbec LF2467 (24 is the Dordogne and ours is ULM airfield no 67) and that is the chateau itself in the first pic.

    Our airfield web site that I put together ...
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    Take off from our home field ...

    Take off from our home field

    http://micro-trike.co.uk/images/21may20_01.jpg

    Short final at Condat-sur-Vézère

    http://micro-trike.co.uk/images/21may20_03.jpg
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    Peter, I'm not decrying your post but don't be...

    Peter, I'm not decrying your post but don't be too fearful. Flying is much like riding a bike no matter what people try to tell you - you never forget the basics. For example, if you have been...
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    Hello, I've done the Channel crossing several...

    Hello, I've done the Channel crossing several times now in an AX3 and my Savannah. I've had an X-air waiting for me to bring it across to France since the end of last year after being held up by bad...
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    Good thinking as usual Joan. But didn't I see...

    Good thinking as usual Joan. But didn't I see somewhere that Ireland is also about to impose a 14 day quarantine for incomers? If so, wonder if that would include from other EU countries as everyone...
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