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    Buyer's market or what?

    There are what look to be some very good bargains on afors at the moment, and there have been over the last few months.
    Is my judgement wonky, or has the bottom fallen out of the used market?
    (My knowledge is limited to three-axis types).
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    Aircraft need people to make airfields to fly from. They seem to have stopped.
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place" - G.B.S.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Watson View Post
    There are what look to be some very good bargains on afors at the moment, and there have been over the last few months.
    Is my judgement wonky, or has the bottom fallen out of the used market?
    (My knowledge is limited to three-axis types).
    Lots of things probably turning people's keys, could be anything from the current uncertainty generally, to waiting for a working source of flexwing supplies for P&M aircraft, people selling older microlights whilst they still have some value before the rush to 600kg.

    As Antoni says, with a number of airfields shutting, that's pushed some over the edge, as they want to offload their aircraft now as they've come to the end of the road, for occasional flyers the non equity syndicate might be the route, looking at that it's slightly more expensive in terms of running costs, but a large capital outlay and a lot of time consuming issues get binned.

    It's the end of the season, and for some disillusionment is setting in. Flog it before the misery of Winter. For some, the first big downpour in late October or early November means sporadic flying between periods of waterlogged runways. There's also the drip, drip drip of hangarage and insurance costs, which can be dodged if the aircraft is flogged now.

    I'm also wondering if there is going to be any easy solution to the Thruster parts supply issue, or will it just continue as an orphaned aircraft?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antoni View Post
    Aircraft need people to make airfields to fly from. They seem to have stopped.
    I put a strip next to my house in 2003 and in 2005 recorded 410 movements.

    Over the years the movements dropped off until in 2017 I only had one visitor, at which point I effectively shut it.

    Time saved since then in not cutting grass twice a week has been most welcome.

    I advertised my presence on this forum as well as other well known forums and FB pages but all I got was "must drop in some time" or "will definitely drop in soon".

    I made an airfield, kept it open much longer than I should have and the community lost it through total indifference.
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    All rather depressing...
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    That's a shame. Where was it?


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    I really think we have lived through the heyday of (2-seat) microlighting - let us oldies rejoice that we once knew it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Randombloke View Post
    Lots of people selling older microlights whilst they still have some value before the rush to 600kg.

    I'm also wondering if there is going to be any easy solution to the Thruster parts supply issue, or will it just continue as an orphaned aircraft?
    When is 600kg starting?
    And are Thrusters not worth buying any more?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MadamBreakneck View Post
    I really think we have lived through the heyday of (2-seat) microlighting - let us oldies rejoice that we once knew it.
    Do you mean there will be 4-seaters?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Halibut View Post
    Do you mean there will be 4-seaters?


    No, I was contrasting with SSDR.

    Though give it time and nothing would surprise me any more... why stop at 4 seats?



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