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    Good old British weather! I hope the appropriate...

    Good old British weather! I hope the appropriate gods smile upon you soon, Roger.
    I am in the middle of having a new roof on my house, so it's been a bit nail biting for me too.
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    Also - a more general question on reporting of...

    Also - a more general question on reporting of incidents. From looking at the CAA website, it is my interpretation that if there is no injury to persons or damage to property, including the aircraft,...
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    How did you recover the aircraft from that...

    How did you recover the aircraft from that location? It looks like 400 yards of heath from the landing site to the nearest road.
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    Well done Tom. I would suggest that in saving...

    Well done Tom. I would suggest that in saving your own neck, you demonstrated that you knew exactly what you were doing.
    When I had to land in a nice, flat, Norfolk field, I didn't make a Mayday...
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    Absolutely agree with Roger about flying over...

    Absolutely agree with Roger about flying over rocks, or for that matter trees or built-up areas. I'd fancy my chances a lot better in the channel than coming down in anything hard and irregular.
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    As part of the mid-life crisis, it is traditional...

    As part of the mid-life crisis, it is traditional to go for a sports car (or an overweight american motorcycle) and a young blonde. Among the variations available on that theme are an aeroplane and a...
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    Remember 143kg is total cockpit load. That...

    Remember 143kg is total cockpit load. That includes everything that's not there at the W&B check. Your clothes, radio, gps, maps, sandwiches, drinks, - everything.
    On the other hand, it's a good...
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    Assuming a Thruster 450 Jab at 267kg ZFW with 50...

    Assuming a Thruster 450 Jab at 267kg ZFW with 50 litres of fuel at 40Kg, you can have 143kg in the cockpit.
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    Depends on the weight of your wife - and I'm not...

    Depends on the weight of your wife - and I'm not going to be the one to ask.
    A 2 person life raft need not weigh much, this one is 7kg:...
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    Based on 8:1 glide ratio, 8,600ft altitude will...

    Based on 8:1 glide ratio, 8,600ft altitude will get you 13 miles of glide.
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    Banjo playing?

    Banjo playing?
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    15256I'll be taking photos as the engine is...

    15256I'll be taking photos as the engine is reassembled. This one shows the desolation inside cylinder #1.
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    Hi Halibut, the cause was a failed valve in...

    Hi Halibut, the cause was a failed valve in cylinder #1. The valve head detached from the stem and proceeded to comprehensively destroy the piston and bend the rod.
    Following a long wait for parts...
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    I absolutely support the simple approach. Most of...

    I absolutely support the simple approach. Most of us can make some judgement of the quality of a blade fuse just by eye. Ebay CB's could have a multitude of sins lurking within.
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    It has been my experience (of buying electronic...

    It has been my experience (of buying electronic devices on Ebay) that the customer is used as the quality control mechanism. It may indeed be the same part number from the same factory, one sold...
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    I think the cheap, basic, spontaneous, wonderful...

    I think the cheap, basic, spontaneous, wonderful fun of which you speak is becoming the preserve of single seaters.
    That said, it is a matter of degrees.
    How cheap is cheap - depends on the...
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    Hi Bob, I have used SH232s on all kinds of...

    Hi Bob, I have used SH232s on all kinds of motorcycles for many years. Apart from the occasional failure due to abuse, they are basic but robust and reliable units.
    The unithas internally 6 diodes...
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    The (Bailey 175) motor and frame went in the...

    The (Bailey 175) motor and frame went in the passenger seat. The cage quarters went behind the seats and the wing went in the boot. It was a tight squeeze and would have been easier to shift it on...
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    Can I recommend a paramotor? It depends what you...

    Can I recommend a paramotor? It depends what you want. I flew one for several years before I decided to go the microlight route. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I found the weather envelope was too...
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    Joan, it's like this: When a daddy spanner and a...

    Joan, it's like this: When a daddy spanner and a mummy spanner love each other very much.....
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    I've had motorcycle magnetos that do exactly the...

    I've had motorcycle magnetos that do exactly the same thing. Sometimes they are a bugger to get going, but perform faultlessly when warmed up, other times they start the engine at first prod, then...
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    Jetlag, the symptoms suggest that one of the...

    Jetlag, the symptoms suggest that one of the stator coils is producing significantly lower voltage than the other. It is quite possible that both are still producing enough to keep sparking at the...
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    Paramotor. The greatest restriction to...

    Paramotor.
    The greatest restriction to visibility was my size 11 boots, but fortunately they are mounted on the ends of movable legs (or retractable undercarriage as someone once said).
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    It is quite possible for the tachometer to show a...

    It is quite possible for the tachometer to show a stator problem before it has a significant effect on the engine.

    There are two types of electrical tachometer, digital and analogue (in operation,...
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    Hi nezrobiso, Yes, that would be a problem....

    Hi nezrobiso,

    Yes, that would be a problem. The whole purpose of the mag drop check is to ensure that both ignition systems are working properly.
    Your TADS will have maximum rpm drop figures. If...
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