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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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    Latest update on my blog... ...

    Latest update on my blog...

    http://www.micro-trike.co.uk/wordpress/the-complexities-of-planning/
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    Dunno about flexwings but there was some...

    Dunno about flexwings but there was some discussion a few years back about filling the wings of a 3-axis with empty plastic lemonade bottles. Couldn't do it with eg my Savannah but could with a...
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    Hi all, sorry for not keeping things updated on...

    Hi all, sorry for not keeping things updated on here but after giving up and returning to France on 25 October we've been suffering in France from the same appalling weather that you have. In the...
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    Would normally have done but with Ryanair's...

    Would normally have done but with Ryanair's baggage allowance I couldn't fit my video kit in. But I'll be taking photos though.
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    Hi William, I don't want to fly from where the X...

    Hi William, I don't want to fly from where the X air is stored fully loaded so I need to make an intermediate stop before heading off to France to load up and Headcorn is closest. If I need to I'll...
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    No can do Tom. Sacrifices must have been...

    No can do Tom. Sacrifices must have been god-fearing, pious and celibate...
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    I don't BELIEVE it

    I've been having a Victor Meldrew moment... for nearly two weeks. Having arrived at Stansted courtesy of Ryanair on 4 October I'd got my X air all ship-shape, tanked up and ready to depart to its new...
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    You also need to have a clearly defined idea...

    You also need to have a clearly defined idea about what you'll do if things do go pear-shaped.

    Quite a few pilots wear an immersion suit but I only put on a good quality life jacket before taking...
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    Ah, whether to cross the water or not is an...

    Ah, whether to cross the water or not is an interesting philosophical topic that has occupied the minds of aviators for generations. There are many who say it's not for them and others who say to go...
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    Thanks gents. Biggest problem is Ryanair's bag...

    Thanks gents. Biggest problem is Ryanair's bag restriction - I hope I won't be staying over too long because after the stuff I need to bring with me for the aircraft I can hardly bring any personal...
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    Thanks Martin. I'll keep everyone posted on how...

    Thanks Martin. I'll keep everyone posted on how things go. I've been told by my family that the week following my arrival is going to be gale-force winds and rain so I could be staying over for a...
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    A quick update. New registration received and all...

    A quick update. New registration received and all buttoned up this morning. A quick and relatively painless process after we'd sorted out my misunderstanding of the rules relating to the need for a...
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    Yes, they have branches across Europe Bob mainly...

    Yes, they have branches across Europe Bob mainly aimed at the business market. I had to use my old RS UK trade account to open one here in France so I could get trade rather than private individual...
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    I agree Martin, it's a bit crock*-eyed. I suspect...

    I agree Martin, it's a bit crock*-eyed. I suspect that much like the nose wheel mudguard on my French Weedhopper, it came undrilled and the original builder drilled it with its leading edge too far...
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    Yes, your comments are very fair Steve. I'm...

    Yes, your comments are very fair Steve. I'm certainly not trying to suggest that it's all roses over here, far from it, but I would certainly find it very difficult to return from where I now live to...
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    Ha ha, there are downsides to living in France,...

    Ha ha, there are downsides to living in France, it's not all milk and honey. Phone and electricity are still state monopolies so very unresponsive if there are problems. I lost my home phone and...
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    Tom, just a simple flight test with an instructor...

    Tom, just a simple flight test with an instructor but you can't take passengers immediately. Once you receive your French licence, which lasts for life, you wait a 'reasonable' amount of time and...
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    Fuel Drawback

    Blimey, I've just taken a real shock to the wallet :-o

    As you probably know, when you fly out of the UK and land abroad you are entitled to claim back the duty on all of the fuel in your tanks...
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    Thanks Tom. I think that I've now got it fully...

    Thanks Tom. I think that I've now got it fully cracked though and I'll tell more about what was involved at a later date. I speak reasonable French but the main problem was still poor communication...
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