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    Intro

    Hi All,
    I'm a novice who's always been interested in taking up flying but have never had the time or money to get into it. Probably still don't have enough of either to get into it seriously, but I can live in hope! I recently moved back to the UK after spending a few years in the US with work and have settled in West Berkshire, so would be great to hear from anyone who has tips on places in the area to get started.
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    Welcome to the forum. For UK microlghting the best place to start is with the BMAA - https://www.bmaa.org/

    You join us at an interesting time.



    Back to just bimbling in the TST.

    No longer instructing - just pontificating..


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    I think Membury is in Berkshire.
    So try Membury airfield..
    https://www.memburyflying.co.uk/


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    Thanks Trevs, yes had a look into Membury, looks good. Looking forward to getting a lesson or two once things have returned to normal(ish)


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    Quote Originally Posted by MadamBreakneck View Post

    You join us at an interesting time.
    In the Chinese sense, MB?
    If you're hanging on to a rising balloon, you're presented with a difficult decision - let go before it's too late or hang on and keep getting higher, posing the question: how long can you keep a grip on the rope?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Halibut View Post
    In the Chinese sense, MB?
    Perhaps in the Terry Pratchett sense. While often referred to as Chinese in origin, this is a very English saying.
    G-BZNP Still not dead, but resting following engine failure.


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    Firstly welcome to the forum

    Secondly, I am also W Berks so happy to answer any "local" questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Benm View Post
    Thanks Trevs, yes had a look into Membury, looks good.
    If you've taken a look you'll already know there are two schools there
    White Horse Aviation (C42 and Sherwood Ranger)
    Cloudbase (GT450 Flexwing and C42 Fixed wing)

    I learnt with Cloudbase (when they were in their former home at Redlands (Swindon) and a member of WHA


    but have never had the time or money to get into it.


    i understand this query, time is your own so can't advise there, but as for money I can offer the following
    I starting learning in 2012, got my licence (after 32 hours) in 2013 and bought an aircraft in 2014.
    the whole process cost me ~10k ~3000 for the licence, 5500 for the aircraft - I fly flexwing so the hourly rate and purchase price is cheaper than most fix wing options but perhaps offers a useful ideal of costs.

    as it happens i started as a 50% share, but the other syndicate holder wanted to upgrade by the next season so i bought out his share within 6 months of ownership, so that 10k was spread out across 3 years.
    if you are looking at fixed Wing i doubt sole ownership will be your intended route, but there are a few airfields about which might be worth asking if a syndicate is looking for a new member...


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    Thanks for the detailed response Pete and glad to hear there's someone in the area who can give me some tips. I was looking at Cloudbase and it seems like they're opening back up this weekend!

    I'm torn between whether to go flexwing or fixed. Initially I thought fixed because it seemed a bit more "plane-like", and also because I like the idea of being able to go further. Having said that, I also think I won't have that many free hours available at the moment (young kids) so long weekends going cross country are probably a few years off anyway, so the more economical flexwing might be a more sensible way to go.

    I think I'm probably going to head over to Membury soon and setup a couple of trial flights with Cloudbase to see which one is right for me.

    Cheers,
    Ben


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    Quote Originally Posted by Benm View Post
    I'm torn between whether to go flexwing or fixed.
    its easy for me to be bias, but I won't and instead i would suggest try both! you'll know which you prefer after giving one or both a try

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    Don't forget, too, that microlighting covers a very broad range of aircraft. Many schools fly the bigger, heavier aircraft because of the economics, but those economics don't necessarily apply to a qualified pilot.

    Try to cadge passenger flights in as many different microlight types as you can. You'll probably learn in a school aircraft (for many good reasons) but once you've qualified there's a whole world of flying waiting for you out there. Some people even own a relatively cheap machine for their own local bimbling and hire a heavier, faster machine for distance work.

    The important thing is to enjoy! If it ain't fun it ain't microlighting, whatever they call the aircraft.



    Back to just bimbling in the TST.

    No longer instructing - just pontificating..


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