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    Surely the ideal microlight is the one you've...

    Surely the ideal microlight is the one you've just taken the covers off, rolled out of the hangar, carefully inspected, refuelled, loaded with radio GPS and maps, got into, and called out, "Clear...
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    Oh Glory, Halibut, you don't know what you've...

    Oh Glory, Halibut, you don't know what you've just done!

    (Yes, they are slats. The Savannah is a very nice aeroplane. I quite fancy one myself. Even a UK one with a Jabiru engine, Roger)
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    T'other way round surely? ;)

    T'other way round surely? ;)
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    Go flying everybody...

    ... and stop moaning on here.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation
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    Although meteorology is a science I wouldn't say...

    Although meteorology is a science I wouldn't say naming clouds is an exact science ;)

    To me your first two are pretty much the same - small cumulus clouds. They are further away in the second...
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    Is it half full or half empty? Depends if you're...

    Is it half full or half empty?
    Depends if you're drinking or pouring -
    Bill Cosby
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    Oooh I've had an idea - from a virus point of...

    Oooh I've had an idea - from a virus point of view maybe it would be safer if instructional flying was done in draughty open cockpit aircraft instead of hermetically sealed boxes aka C-42s ?
    You...
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    Errr... In other words the presence of Covid-19...

    Errr... In other words the presence of Covid-19 doubles the chances of me dying this year. I don't call that optimistic, frankly! Yes I am a glass half empty sort of person...
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    You're right Steve. The mask is mostly to stop...

    You're right Steve. The mask is mostly to stop the wearer who has got it but is not yet showing symptoms from infecting others. It's not primarily to provide protection for the wearer, though it...
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    Masks and stuff definitely a good idea - as long...

    Masks and stuff definitely a good idea - as long as the audio too the radio isn't affected.
    Don't think owning your own plane will make much difference to be honest. Let's say for the sake of...
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    Well, I have about 50 hours flying gliders. But...

    Well, I have about 50 hours flying gliders. But that's over 300 launches and landings...
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    Note that the CAA have reissued this as ORS4 no...

    Note that the CAA have reissued this as ORS4 no 1378.
    It's the same, only redrafted for clarity.
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    "Small" ;) ;) ;)

    "Small" ;) ;) ;)
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    Yes. And there are those of us who think we'd be...

    Yes. And there are those of us who think we'd be better off asking for the reval process to be modified rather than asking for 600kg.
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    Yes an instructional flight is required after the...

    Yes an instructional flight is required after the end of the current restrictions. Effectively the extension means that if the current validity period expires during 'lockdown' then rather than...
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    Licence validity period extension

    http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/ORS4No1376.pdf

    Blanket extension till November. But note you have to get an instructor to endorse it via email or letter etc following a briefing by phone or...
  17. +1 for Nexus 7

    +1 for Nexus 7
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    Tackleston I think Yup, lots of good 'local'...

    Tackleston I think
    Yup, lots of good 'local' pronounced names. My favourite is Happisburgh. Pronounced 'Haze-borough'.
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    Anybody noticed how the weather...

    ...started to improve just as we went into 'lockdown'?
    Today is a glorious spring day, perfect for 3 hours or more of just being airborne after the long autumn and winter of poor weather.
    And we...
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    Practical microlight navigation is rather more...

    Practical microlight navigation is rather more simple than the theory exams make out. Roger has pretty much nailed it in the other thread.

    And the UK training syllabus now includes the use of GPS....
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    Ha! Yes indeed. Sutton Meadows is right next to...

    Ha! Yes indeed. Sutton Meadows is right next to a stonking great river though - if you want difficult in that neck of the woods try Fenland. I've sat at 2000' 3 miles from Fenland and headed...
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    I was making two separate points. The exams...

    I was making two separate points.

    The exams have to be done on paper and invigilated by a CAA approved examiner. There's no way to do that without breaking the current 'lockdown' rules as far as...
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    Regrettably I think it would be impossible. The...

    Regrettably I think it would be impossible. The exam system is very old school, paper based.
    Anyway since we don't know when it will be possible to get flying again, it's probably not a good idea...
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    As we can't go flying or practice navigation at the moment, this might be worth a read...
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    Great post Damien!

    Great post Damien!
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