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    Restricted license

    Ok !...been doing some reading and found talk of a restricted ' fly local' license...Please can i have your thoughts on this...and how would one upgrade to full license from restricted?...thx


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    Take GST without the 2 cross country flights and get restricted licence and fly within 8 NM from base unassisted and you could even take a passenger up with you once GST and licence is in your possession.. When confident enough to do complete the 2 cross country flights you just send your licence to CAA with relevant form signed by your instructor and get it added to your licence to make it unrestricted. no further cost after initial GST and Licence.


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    Hi Martin, the restricted license allows you to fly within a seven mile radius. Good idea if you are stopped in your tracks due to weather or some such. To get rid of the restriction you have to do your cross countries as you would for the full license HTH
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    Vince, I think you will find that its 8Nm which is nearly 10 statute miles. Ive just checked the BMAA sire and it says solo flying but when I did mine which was the old M licence My instructor signed my log book to say I could carry a passenger.


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    Getting the restricted license first is the best way if you are going to be learning over a year or longer. That way you won't risk solo hours and exams getting out of date before you can complete the cross countries. A restricted license lets you get in extra experience before doing the cross countries in your own time. But in one of the more modern microlights 8nm (9.2 miles) can be quite restrictive. You don't need to make a decision until well into your training so just have fun for the time being
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    Thanks guys n girls, something to think and chat to instructor about...do not intend taking a year to do it though...One of the schools mentions a simulator !!...whats your thought on sims for down times in the weather?


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    thx joan, for the sim links
    seems suitable.... Bubble and rubber down !


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    Hi Matin, All good advice above and I endorse the approach suggested by Katie. It wasn't an issue for me as I dedicated a summer to getting my licence and got it out of the way before winter struck.
    Are you a bike racer? My son did the 600 Mini Twins this year. Managed to break his collar bone at Brands Hatch, but still finished the season four weeks later at Snetterton. Are you considering 3axis or flexwing? You will probably love flexwing if you're happiest on two wheels when attached to mother earth.


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    Hi Bill, flexwing for sure for those reasons of the open to the elements , Used to race along time ago when the earth was still cooling. became a british champ in 83 on 250cc. Went to see Mark at mainair school friday...really nice guy, got on well but there did'nt seem to be that atmosphere you get from other pilots milling around to ask for snippets of knowledge.
    seems suitable.... Bubble and rubber down !


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