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    Red face Flying for the, um, larger lad

    Hello!

    I'd always assumed that flying was a rich-man's sport, and so I was quite excited to see that Microlights could make it not quite as expensive!

    There's one problem though, I weight about 17 1/2 stone, and most places I've looked set a limit of 16 stone. Is there any way for anyone heavier than this to fly microlights, or do I need to hit the Slim Fast

    Thanks for any suggestions!


    Chris.

    PS: I'm in Windsor, Berkshire if that makes any difference!


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    Theres quite a few of us that are heavier than you and we have no probs flying, Which way do you want to go, Flexi or Fixed?

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    I'm not sure about the weight limits of a GT450 but if it's flexwing that floats your boat then an instructor with one will be needed, IMHO.
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    At 17.5 stone, you are outwith the seat limit on many if not all Flexwings. The limit is there for your safety at the end of the day, Im sure you would agree its very hard for an Instructor to turn down a potential student...but if something goes wrong and the AAIB and Insurance get involved...chances are its game over!

    I hope this doesnt come across as harsh, but thats how it goes unfortunately.

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    17.5 stone is 111 kg which is within the seat limit for a Tanarg (120kg).


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    The Tanarg was the only one I was unsure of....Whats the Max combined seat weight Bob?


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    That's academic anyway, you can't train on a Tanarg in the UK.
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    I,m confused now! Looking at the P&M (?) website, don't most of their flexwings have a occupant weight limit of 220kg, then on looking at, let's say Thrusters, they have 90kg per seat loading. So doesn't this make the flexwing a more viable option for us fuller figure types?
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    That might be right for the newest 450 Kg machines but you would need to not only learn in one, but you would then need to "buy one" for yourself once you've gone solo. OK if you can afford it, but this is supposed to be the cheaper end of aviation here. 32,000 for a new flexwing isn't an option for most.

    Just get yourself signed up to weight watchers. You know it makes sense.
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    lm on the top end of the weight spectrum,and did my training at www.wanafly.co.uk if france.

    the first thing Dave the C.F.I. did was to put me on the scales with all my flying gear,the next thing he did was to help me out with all the paperwork to up-grade the seat weight of my quantum so i could fly it legally.

    Some flying schools really go the extra mile covering EVERYTHING you need to get you going in a new sport,and not just push you out the door with your licence and hope you can fend for your self.

    I chose a well recomended flying school and did a residential course living in the C.F.I.'s house full board, so i was able to ask all the silly/obvious questions 24 hours a day.

    look them up on the web,i considered them the best value for money by miles
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