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    What’s your ideal microlight?

    I was asked this off the forum and thought it would be a good one to put up here to chat about as I don't think it's been discussed for a while.

    My list would start with "one I can afford", but what if I won the lottery? That'd be... [dream on]

    A side-by-side 2-seater that could cruise at 100+kt on those boring cross-country A-B flights, yet pootle comfortably at 45kt for bimbling. Good all round view even in a turn and a low rate of sink power off, or idle, to play in thermals; and a strong undercarriage for when I get the landing wrong. It'd be 3-axis for no other reason than that's what I can fly.

    ... and my own hangar/workshop with a full-time maintenance bod (FTMB) to keep it ready, polished and waiting whenever I felt in the mood to fly. FTMB would also have to be a pilot too for when I fancied the relaxation of being a passenger.

    [dream off]

    As it is, I'm content with my share-o-plane TST



    Back to just bimbling in the TST.

    No longer instructing - just pontificating..

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    Well for me it would have to be a Skyranger
    Not that i am biased or anything


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    I currently harbour the dream of a GT450... have neither the license, nor the money... although both are 'merely' a question of time, effort and patience.....


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    Risen. Oh, all right then, C42.
    Minimax with a slim wing and one of Kev's Briggs and Strattons in it. Economical, reliable and decently quick for touring.
    Underpaid but overhead.


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    Would keep the Quik but always fancied an Alpi Pioneer 300 but upto yet the one's I've called about were sold instantly
    G-HAMS a pretty quick Quik


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    From the designer of the Cri-Cri:

    The Colomban MCR01 BanBi.

    The finest-handling microlight I've flown (except that it got to the airfield before I did!). Possibly the fastest microlight and definitely faster than yer usual Cessna. Airliner-type extending Fowler flaps means it can fly slowly. Only available now second-hand I believe. Not cheap.

    In fact one that I flew in has the reg G-CENA which is the Polish word for price !!!
    Last edited by Antoni; 06-06-20 at 12:45 PM. Reason: Cena
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    Any flexwing where the wing doesn’t wobble about when summer flying !
    disclaimer....as per 2010 European libel act....these are my thoughts only and may not represent the thoughts or actions of any person /company/group/manufacturer named in this article/Internet posting


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    Quote Originally Posted by Antoni View Post
    From the designer of the Cri-Cri:

    The Colomban MCR01 BanBi.

    The finest-handling microlight I've flown...
    I recall being told by Derek Brunt (Plaistows) about the time he was accompanying an XL (I think) on a cross country jaunt not long after he'd started flying his BanBi. He said it took him a while of flying along in a high nose-up attitude to stay back with the XL. "Then", he said, "I remembered I'd got those flaps!". He said he put the flaps down, the attitude settled lower and he retrimmed for 50mph. "It was marvellous", he said, "it flew just like a proper microlight".



    Back to just bimbling in the TST.

    No longer instructing - just pontificating..


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    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 prop!" ?
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    My ideal microlight is one that gives no headaches

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