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MadamBreakneck

Cross Country Pilot
#1
Well, 2020 thus far has delivered the lowest number of hours in a calendar year since I first flew a microlight in November 1993.
I hope that December might let me rescue that dire situation.

How about the rest of you?
 

Mike Calvert

Moderator
Staff member
#3
11 hours under my belt so far, invested in a syndicate on a lovely GT450, had 4 hours on that so far, still mastering circuits and hopefully moving on to 'recovery from unusual attitudes' soon.... Weather has been challenging last couple of months, seems to be every 2nd lesson ends up cancelled due to weather just not playing ball, plus the clocks changing means I'm mainly restricted to weekends, and much less flexible on days to fly....
 

Mike Calvert

Moderator
Staff member
#4
Appreciate England is in lockdown, and there was a snidey comment when I posted a vid on the Microlight Pilot's group on facestalk, presumably down to a misunderstanding around the covid rules up here.

Anyway, I hope you might enjoy a couple of my thoroughly amateur vids, created while the forum was AWOL


 

Vincent

Administrator
Staff member
#5
Not been flying this year. My friend Dave bought a quik and we were going to do spamfield but he got called in to work when one of his lads let him down. Hope to make it next year.
 

SafetyThird

Cross Country Pilot
#6
A very up and down year for me. I lost my little brother which has been heartbreaking but along the way it helped me realise that although saving for retirement etc is necessary, you have to live for today as well. So, with the encouragement and support of my wife, I bought a Skyranger and, after 15 years not flying, I'm brushing up my skills and hope to soon be off solo and hangaring the aircraft a mile from my house on a little grass strip. Current lockdown and recent weather hasn't helped and I have a grand total of 4 hours in it but hope to be getting more in soon.
 

Micromike

Cross Country Pilot
#7
Let my license lapse after Long Marston airfield closed ,I need to revalidate soon ,have a lovely 508 Chaser waiting for me.
Not looking forward to having to take another test tho passed the last one 27 years ago !
 

Dave Morton

Cross Country Pilot
#8
Low hours this year and very few trips, same as most people, although a squadron from Caunton managed the IOW Spamfield as the weather played ball
 

Mike Calvert

Moderator
Staff member
#9
A very up and down year for me. I lost my little brother which has been heartbreaking but along the way it helped me realise that although saving for retirement etc is necessary, you have to live for today as well. So, with the encouragement and support of my wife, I bought a Skyranger and, after 15 years not flying, I'm brushing up my skills and hope to soon be off solo and hangaring the aircraft a mile from my house on a little grass strip. Current lockdown and recent weather hasn't helped and I have a grand total of 4 hours in it but hope to be getting more in soon.
That must be really tough :( , but I couldn't agree more on that philosophy that life is for living (y)

Hope you can get more hours in when lockdown relaxes a bit :)
 

Aligee

Cross Country Pilot
#10
Been a challenging year with a lot of sorely missed flying during lockdown .Managed to catch up a bit and shove in 42 hrs this year.Lucky to have managed a few longer trips to Plockton,Easter,Glenforsa,Fishburn and Kirkbride as well as numerous Bute visits.Lets all hope for a better year next year And to see the forum back up and running vince and I hope you are feeling well at present.
 

Trev C

Cross Country Pilot
#12
Bought into a Skyranger
Came out of lockdown 1 and did my first solo after a quick refresh lesson
Just starting to build up solo hours when an excursion off the runway into a shallow ditch stopped any flying
Plane was due to come back this week but weather and lockdown has buggered that up.
Had a lot of extra work done to the plane, including the Swift conversion, excited to get it back up in the air

Roll on 2021
 

Martin Watson

Cross Country Pilot
#13
I'd be ashamed to post how many hours I've done this year and, annoyingly, last year wasn't much better! Still, as Ginge says, the year isn't over yet so we just need some good wintery weather in December and the lockdown in England to end on 2nd December as promised.

I've always meant to fly on New Year's Day but never yet managed it. This time will seem even more important.
 

MadamBreakneck

Cross Country Pilot
#14
My year looks very slightly better if I count landings rather than hours - average flight duration was about 20 minutes.
It's easy to fit a lot of airborne fun into 20 minutes though :sick:
 

Rick

Cross Country Pilot
#15
Sold my Xair in September 2019, yes Martin BUC is now residing in Welshpool. Bought a half share in a Rans 6ES in October 2019 and have been lucky enough to do over 20 hours since. MadamBreakneck has signed my "Certificate of Experience" (y):)so good to go when Boris declares it's safe to do so!!
 

ginge

Student Pilot
#16
Oooooh I'm not envious, no, not really. Even since September I had not much more than half that.
Still some lucky person in Welshpool has very, very nice X Air and I'm just itching to get my hands on our new, well to us anyway, beastie.
 

Peter Twissell

Cross Country Pilot
#17
With an engine failure followed by Covid, my license has now lapsed and I will need to revalidate.
I was lined up to get some hours in with Kevin at Cromer, but lockdown 2.0 has put paid to that.
 

RickGoddin

Cross Country Pilot
#18
I have only managed 25 hours or so in G-HMCB compared with the 250 or so p.a. I was doing a few years ago. Licence is OK for the moment. Lots of people I know in a similar position.
 

Halibut

Cross Country Pilot
#19
Been a challenging year with a lot of sorely missed flying during lockdown .Managed to catch up a bit and shove in 42 hrs this year.Lucky to have managed a few longer trips to Plockton,Easter,Glenforsa,Fishburn and Kirkbride as well as numerous Bute visits.Lets all hope for a better year next year And to see the forum back up and running vince and I hope you are feeling well at present.
What are you flying?
 

Halibut

Cross Country Pilot
#20
I have done a bit in spam this year but, more importantly, 4 hours difference training in an Ikarus! Rubbish at it, obviously - not least because I had to learn to use my feet (and swap hands over to a left-hand throttle and right-hand stick) but I will get there eventually. Not sure the kind farmer will have kept my ‘hangar’ available at his field while I have tried and failed to find a microlight I wanted/could afford - but if it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be. There will be another airfield and another plane. I am very, very confident 2021 is going to be an exceptional year for all of us!
 

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