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Colin G

Cross Country Pilot
#1
Hi All.
Happy New Year. A short intro. I have been a flexwing flyer for around 27 years and flown most types. I have had a QuikR for the last 3 years, a brilliant touring machine that has taken me, my partner and all our camping gear all over the place, through the Alps, down to the Med and frequent trips (and slightly scary) to France/Channel Islands using the direct Portsmouth - Cherbourg route.
My partner, bless her, has now endured over 600 hours as the self loading see and avoid anti collision system and asked for something a bit warmer to fly in. I am therefore just about to complete building a Nynja. I started at the end of January last year, but Covid and work commitments have stretched the build time out quite a way. Having said that, if anyone is thinking of building one and like me you have never done anything like this before, 1000 hours total build time is the realistic estimate. I have put things together and then taken them apart again rather more frequently than I had hoped. I have not helped either by modifying bits as I go along because as a scientist I like to meddle and improve things. If I can get inspections and test flights done, it should be ready be end of February. All I need to do then is learn to fly it.
Partner is happy though. I have the heater option. Take care all and hopefully see you in the air soon
 

Allan

Cross Country Pilot
#2
Hi All.
Happy New Year. A short intro. I have been a flexwing flyer for around 27 years and flown most types. I have had a QuikR for the last 3 years, a brilliant touring machine that has taken me, my partner and all our camping gear all over the place, through the Alps, down to the Med and frequent trips (and slightly scary) to France/Channel Islands using the direct Portsmouth - Cherbourg route.
My partner, bless her, has now endured over 600 hours as the self loading see and avoid anti collision system and asked for something a bit warmer to fly in. I am therefore just about to complete building a Nynja. I started at the end of January last year, but Covid and work commitments have stretched the build time out quite a way. Having said that, if anyone is thinking of building one and like me you have never done anything like this before, 1000 hours total build time is the realistic estimate. I have put things together and then taken them apart again rather more frequently than I had hoped. I have not helped either by modifying bits as I go along because as a scientist I like to meddle and improve things. If I can get inspections and test flights done, it should be ready be end of February. All I need to do then is learn to fly it.
Partner is happy though. I have the heater option. Take care all and hopefully see you in the air soon
Perhaps the length of time it takes to complete the build depends on how much continuous, uninterrupted time you can give to it. I built my Skyranger Swift some years ago in my retirement. I started shortly after I lost my wife to cancer and was living alone. Consequently I had no one else to consider or worry about regular meal times etc. I finshed in around 6 months and something less than 500 hours. I had previously built an Xair which may have helped. Good luck with the build. I am sure the finished product will give you great pleasure and satisfaction.
 

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