Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Round the World in a Microlight

Some of you may remember the now de-commissioned breakfast show on Channel 4 - the Big Breakfast? Well it was essential viewing for me around 10 years ago while eating my Corn Flakes, before setting off for another boring day in work. Although it was quite funny and a young Denise Van Outen was good to look at, I didn't think it would change my life quite as much as it did.

Around the end of 1998 they wheeled on a short, posh and rather austere little man dressed in a fancy boiler suit, pointing out to the presenter where he had just flown his open-cockpit Microlight. Tales of crossing the alps, being buzzed by Mig fighters and flying across the North Atlantic seemed unbelieveable. I found the whole thing absolutely fascinating, in fact I must have talked about it so much that someone bought me a lesson - and the rest is history. Little did I know that this odd little man would inspire me to take up flying Microlights!

The Video is one of Brian's promo vids that he created when trying to sell the story to TV stations round the globe. He has just published a lot of his video material on his website, really worth a good look. And his book of the adventure is well worth a read.

Regards, Victor

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Tumbleweeds and Skyranger Swift

Hello All,

Just when you thought that the tumbleweed had taken over the blog site, then it comes back to life!

Its been far too long since my last blog post on what's happening at the field and all things Microlighting.Since January we have had to choose our flying days wisely, seems that even the good days are far too wet and windy.And dont get us started on the so-called BBC weather forecasters (BBC Northern Ireland's Angie Phillips has a lot to answer for)

Nevertheless, we are still flying when the weather allows so dont be shy in getting in touch for your first lesson.

We've seen a few more students getting started on their training over the last few weeks, and a new arrival at the airstrip - a Skyranger Swift

Skyranger Swifts start their life as a box of tubes in a cardboard box, and after a few months non-stop work are transformed into quite an aeroplane. Performance in many respects outstrips many (of what most people would call) 'proper' aircraft.An Airborne trike will sit happily at 70-75mph, a Swift will just leave it standing with its engine almost just ticking over.

Quite remarkable....and for sale I'm afraid - so get in touch if you're interested.
Lots of other Microlight stuff happening, so keep checking back as I wont leave it for another 3 months for my next post

Regards, Victor

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