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Touring: what would be your microlight of choice?

Halibut

Student Pilot
#1
Picture this: you're about to finish work for good, you're going to downsize the house and move into somewhere 'greener' with much lower running costs, and now all you want to do is tour the entire coast of the UK dropping in to little airfields (and sometimes actual fields and beaches) with your other half. Which microlight, flexi of fixed, would you choose as your magic carpet?
 

Mike Calvert

Moderator
Staff member
#2
GT450 for me - although for longer trips, the QuikR is appealing. interesting chat with a gent at the club on Christmas Eve who's had his GT450 from new (2008 I think he said) and has taken it to France and a number of trips, but it just can't really keep up with the QuikR's - but that said, because the GT450 is such an lovely wing to fly, he'd still never want to make the swap.
 
#3
Why a microlight? OK, it's a microlight forum. Are you going to do the entire tour carrying all your personal supplies or will you send them ahead by courier? That'll determine the amount of luggage capacity you need. Of course you could do what I once considered with the TST and take the aircraft around the country on a trailer. You can then do a series of local tours based at a variety of microlight fields. That's not a fashionable idea nowadays, but worth a thought perhaps.
 

Dave Morton

Student Pilot
#4
Much prefer touring in the Quik even with all the hassles (hobbling the wing, stowing of gear) that comes with it versus touring in a fixed wing and the relative ease that comes with a fixed.
We're fortunately based in the middle of the country so 2-3 hours flying and we're in Scotland, Cornwall or Wales and the East Coast within the hour.
 
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Halibut

Student Pilot
#5
Why a microlight? OK, it's a microlight forum. Are you going to do the entire tour carrying all your personal supplies or will you send them ahead by courier? That'll determine the amount of luggage capacity you need. Of course you could do what I once considered with the TST and take the aircraft around the country on a trailer. You can then do a series of local tours based at a variety of microlight fields. That's not a fashionable idea nowadays, but worth a thought perhaps.
Because a microlight will be easier to get into smaller fields, much cheaper and more exciting. I would think we'd take very little with us, but a small tent, change of clothes and camping kettle would be good.
Much prefer touring in the Quik even with all the hassles (hobbling the wing, stowing of gear) that comes with it versus touring in a fixed wing and the relative ease that comes with a fixed.
We're fortunately based in the middle of the country so 2-3 hours flying and we're in Scotland, Cornwall or Wales and the East Coast within the hour.
That sounds like an ideal place to be. Whereabouts are you? And what is wing-hobbling?
 

Mike101

Cross Country Pilot
#7
QuikR because of the speed, weight limit and the wing fold. If you are touring and the weather turns bad you get a folded wing trike into most hangar spaces.. beats having to derig anyday.
 

Dave Morton

Student Pilot
#8
That sounds like an ideal place to be. Whereabouts are you? And what is wing-hobbling?
Caunton in Notts, lowering the wing to the floor onto it's base bar then securing with dog type screw in stakes and straps all whilst still attached to it's pylon, a simple way to protect against the elements.
 
#12
In fact, for touring, I suspect the Zenair 750 Cruser would be an even better weapon. I doubt it would come in as a microlight even under the new rules, but hey, for the effort of getting an SSEA rating.

My point really is that if you are after an aircraft for touring then why restrict yourself to a microlight?
 

Halibut

Student Pilot
#13
In fact, for touring, I suspect the Zenair 750 Cruser would be an even better weapon. I doubt it would come in as a microlight even under the new rules, but hey, for the effort of getting an SSEA rating.

My point really is that if you are after an aircraft for touring then why restrict yourself to a microlight?
The cost is one rather large element. The main reason I'm converting (sorry, trying to convert) is that I wouldn't be able to afford to run a Group A aeroplane if I had to buy my own. The other reason is that a microlight would just be more fun. I do love 'spam cans' and have enjoyed their company for 30 years, but I also want the challenge and interest of my own microlight. I also like the feel that microlight pilots are an unusual, enigmatic, fiercely independent, can-do, pioneering bunch - and I want to be one of you.
 

flexwingflyer

Cross Country Pilot
#14
As you have 3 axis experience- id go that route for touring, so that when you are in Scotland and the weather turns crap, you at least have experience to keep you instinctively safer.

I fly flex so cant speak too much of 3 axis micros, but I think a skyranger would treat you well, good value for money, they will go places, comfortable, good viz, they don't cook you on a hot summers day as much as some other types, you can open the doors for some ' lets pretend we are in a flexwing' or for photography, a good crosswind machine, will takeoff and land in short strips and from what I can see , you can visually inspect them pretty well , compared to some other types.

If you want a flexwing, for 2 up touring, id suggest you go GT450 OR GTR, with the slightly bigger wing they cater well for 2 up and gear ( you will end up carrying more gear than what you think when touring- if only for the 'just incase we end up in a field with nothing around us' scenario)
 

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