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    Which leads inevitably to the question: what do you do if you get safely across the Channel and have to make a forced landing on land?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Twissell View Post
    The logical conclusion, of course, is this:
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    It looks great, doesn't it? I nearly bought that one, though sadly the floats had been taken off by the time I was looking at it. I don't think it ever actually flew like that (I'd be pleased to be wrong on that if anyone knows?). I think it was a sales gimmick/model - the pic is probably taken at the trade show at Popham.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halibut View Post
    Which leads inevitably to the question: what do you do if you get safely across the Channel and have to make a forced landing on land?
    In the case of the Catalina-NG you lower the undercarriage
    catalina_ng.jpg
    The three most useless things in aviation:
    • The air above you.
    • The runway behind you.
    • The fuel in the bowser.


    Rule #1: Always tie your aircraft to the largest heaviest object available. The planet Earth meets these requirements and is readily available in all locations.
    Rule #2: The great thing about twin engined aircraft is, if one engine fails, the other engine always has just enough power to get you to the scene of the crash.

    Semper specto in clara parte vitae.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halibut View Post
    Or we could build a microlight from unsinkable metal. Have a look at this:
    https://newatlas.com/materials/unsin...erhydrophobic/
    Hmmm
    The video stated they could build an unsinkable ship
    Think I might have heard that somewhere before


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trev C View Post
    Hmmm
    The video stated they could build an unsinkable ship
    Think I might have heard that somewhere before
    A fair point indeed. But just for a moment imagine yourself standing, arms outstretched, in the prow of an all-metal Thruster...as you plough into the sea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halibut View Post
    A fair point indeed. But just for a moment imagine yourself standing, arms outstretched, in the prow of an all-metal Thruster...as you plough into the sea
    Yeh at 6`4" and 17 stone,
    I would certainly plough into the sea, stood on the front of a thruster

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Watson View Post
    Let me explain my thinking in a bit more detail.
    Thruster best glide is 7:1, or 1.1nm per 1000'.......... So I wont do it.
    Thanks for a very succinct risk versus reward analysis Martin.

    Studying for my Nav exam I was inspired to do North Coates via Spurn Point... once. Probably won't fly over water again.

    If I had an engine failure over water, seriously, one thing going through my mind would be that my relatives will think they were right about flying microlights even though they aren't.
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place" - G.B.S.


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    In the Jab or Quik I've crossed the channel many times, done trips to the Scillies and Ireland, none of these water crossings bothered me but crossing the mud they call the Wash always makes me fly high
    G-HAMS a pretty quick Quik


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    Likewise done France a few times including the cherbourg crossing twice alone , some might say foolhardy but everyones different regarding risk.

    Its up to the individual and of course very dependent on how reliable you consider your machine to be.

    The scilly isles is a trip I would recommend to anyone, its stunning when the islands finally come into view


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    Anybody on here follow the TV series "Saving Lives at Sea"?

    Exciting.



    Back to just bimbling in the TST.

    No longer instructing - just pontificating..
    and now a Tai Chi instructor

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