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  1. Thread: QFU ?

    by Peter Twissell
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    While we're on the subject of flag signals: At...

    While we're on the subject of flag signals:
    At the battle of Trafalgar, the French admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve ordered his signalman to signal 'To the water - it is the hour".
    Nelson asked...
  2. For several years I had only motorcycles for...

    For several years I had only motorcycles for transport, so getting to work in the winter was always on the bike.
    I had a sidecar (or more accuratley, a sidecar chassis with a questionable wooden...
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    When you first meet your Thruster, any concern...

    When you first meet your Thruster, any concern for the colour will quickly evaporate, masked by your unconditional love for the design, the feel of its smooth taught skin, the warmth of the cockpit,...
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    40 years of running British bikes and cars makes...

    40 years of running British bikes and cars makes a mechanic out of anyone!
    There are plenty of service engineers around with appropriate training from the engine manufacturers. There are also...
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    South Suffolk's not that far. A new engine would...

    South Suffolk's not that far.
    A new engine would cost more than I paid for the aircraft. I'm rebuilding the engine myself, with all new bearings, valves, pistons, rings and other new parts as...
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    I've not flown since February, fooloing an engine...

    I've not flown since February, fooloing an engine failure and forced landing.
    The main reason for the long hiatus is my own sloth in rebuilding the engine.
    So, as far as I can say from the few...
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    Monewden is not my local - I'm based a Priory...

    Monewden is not my local - I'm based a Priory Farm. I have been to Monewden and it's a lovely place. They had some interesting machines at the fly-in.
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    Ah, yes! "Reality" television - a reliable and...

    Ah, yes! "Reality" television - a reliable and accurate representation of any culture.
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    Have you tried Monewden? And welcome to the...

    Have you tried Monewden?
    And welcome to the world of Thrusters! We have an owners group here https://groups.io/g/Thrusterclub
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    I've not been in the back of a Shadow myself, but...

    I've not been in the back of a Shadow myself, but I'm told it is a noisy place to be. There is a 2 stroke engine bolted to the bulkhead directly behind the passengers head!
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    I can say with a very high degree of certainty...

    I can say with a very high degree of certainty that it's not a winning ticket.
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    It was water, yer honour, it's just polluted...

    It was water, yer honour, it's just polluted with, er, soup.
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    If you have a nosewheel Thruster, the glide angle...

    If you have a nosewheel Thruster, the glide angle on approach is enough to allow any collected fluid on the cockpit floor to find its way out.:mrgreen:
    I am, of course, referring to spilt soup.
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    Don't forget that you have a 200 watt heater on...

    Don't forget that you have a 200 watt heater on board - your own body.
    As with motorcycling, the trick is to keep that heat where you want it. In the Thruster cabin (assuming it's an enclosed one),...
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    Some 20 years ago, I bought a used 'army surplus'...

    Some 20 years ago, I bought a used 'army surplus' tank suit for a few pounds. It was a double layered affair, with the fleece-like inner completely removable, several pockets in the outer (none with...
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    I have found the same sentiment, not just with...

    I have found the same sentiment, not just with flying, but with motorcycling, my workshop and any other hobby.
    The point to remember is that it is a hobby. We do it because we like it and if we feel...
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    The logical conclusion, of course, is this: 15277

    The logical conclusion, of course, is this:
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    This will only work if your microlight is really...

    This will only work if your microlight is really tiny. Hydrophobic metal is not new and demonstrations like floating a needle on the surface tension of water show how the principle works.
    If it...
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    I have to admit I had not considered height...

    I have to admit I had not considered height restrictions.
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    Martin, presumably you do cross water (even if...

    Martin, presumably you do cross water (even if its only Lenwade Lakes) but at sufficient altitude that you don't risk landing in it in the event of a loss of power.
    As mentioned earlier, a quick...
  21. Zombeh, I don't think there is likely to be an...

    Zombeh,
    I don't think there is likely to be an option to 'upgrade' a 450kg microlight to 600kg, whether or not it retains the title 'microlight'.
    The new regulations would permit the sale of...
  22. From an engineering perspective, an increase in...

    From an engineering perspective, an increase in MTOW could be taken as an increase in payload or an increase in airframe weight, or any mix of the two.
    If a manufacturer chose to take it as an...
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    I was on the receiving end of a few JAB jibes...

    I was on the receiving end of a few JAB jibes when I had an engine failure earlier this year.
    The reality is that my JAB dragged a Thruster around for over 1200 hours with nothing more than routine...
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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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