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    Co-Pilot Adrian Jones's Avatar
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    For 3-axis little can beat the Shadow. It's like being in a glider only better. I would even go on to say that it has one advantage over a flexwing. Visibility upwards. There are no real blind spots except directly underneath and behind.


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    I flew a Eurostar at the weekend and it was stunning with the low sides and bubble top. Can't afford one though, but an Airbike probably comes out well.
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    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).
    G-BZNP Still not dead


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    Aaaah, yes: a paramotor.
    Can you recommend them?


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    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 restrictive for my big, floaty wing and I would like to be able to take others flying.
    On the plus side, There's no hangarage costs - I used to transport mine in a Triumph Spitfire! There's no license requirement (although BHPA training is highly recommended). Insurance is cheap (comes included in BHPA membership), and running costs are very low with no requirement for an annual inspection and fuel consumption around 2.5 litres/hour.
    G-BZNP Still not dead


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    Holy cats! How did you squeeze in the engine? Did you drive with the boot lid up? Have you still got the Spitfire? Always wanted one but ended up with a B and now an MX5


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    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 the bike and sidecar.
    I don't have the Spitfire any more, I didn't have the space to keep it inside and it was a continuous battle with rust.
    G-BZNP Still not dead


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    What was your dead stick landing, Peter?
    (Shall I open a new thread, or is that a bit grim, do you think? I'm interested to hear what happened to people and how they coped, but won't ask if it's something no-one wants to revisit)
    We've gone on holiday by mistake


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