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    Try flying over Epupa Falls with this pilot.
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    I've been wanting to venture toward micolight for a very long time, and one of my clients was Alan Honeyborne (now late Alan ). He's the pilot who went down over the Chinese lake about 2odd year ago, during world crossing attempt.

    I've even bought the book his flying partner wrote after the event, and while they were flying we followed it on a daily basis on the web. I still have a CD somewhere at the office he couriered back to us from far far away full of photos he wanted us to put on the web.

    I guess his accident brought me back to kinda realising that these things don't hurt, if it goes wrong it kills. Another pilot went down 2 weeks ago here in the Eastern Cape near Alexandria, as of Wed/Thur this week they were still trying to recover the microlight, and him.

    But as time and life continues one don't get younger, and I guess I will still find myself doing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles View Post
    Hmmm, quite alot of microlight bashing here!!

    Agreed it can get quite bumpy up there but thats just the equivelent of giving your suspension a bit of a flex . As with most things if done within the limitations of your skills and equipment its like most sports... except that not just anyone does it you need a minimum of 25 hours and then only get your license if two instructors are happy with you.

    New designs are also leaps and bounds ahead of the old microlights!!

    There is nothing like the thrill of swooping over Blouberg hill or low level along the beach.

    And all this without breaking the bank.8)

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    Also one of the dreams I have is to buy a microlight.

    Had a spin with a gyro a while ago, and that is just as great.

    Everyday just doesn't have enough hours for playing and working.
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    about 2 years ago a microlight dropped into the sea near ballito just behind back line, and the pilot drowned, when they recoverd the plane they found structural failure on some point that was a specific part of the pre flight, but was a mission to check as it was under the nose cone if i remember correctly. all the guys suddenly sharpened up on their preflights. i think so many recreational flying incidents are human error outside of lacking pilot skill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berty View Post
    about 2 years ago a microlight dropped into the sea near ballito just behind back line, and the pilot drowned, when they recoverd the plane they found structural failure on some point that was a specific part of the pre flight, but was a mission to check as it was under the nose cone if i remember correctly. all the guys suddenly sharpened up on their preflights. i think so many recreational flying incidents are human error outside of lacking pilot skill.
    True. The incident in China was directly related to the fact that one of their control towers would'nt grant the microlights permission to land during a massive storm, and they were forced to fly through to the next airport. Also structural failure, but this happened in the storm @ hectic height.

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    If I had the dosh, the things I'd get - in order - would be a Sport Paraglider License, a Powered Paraglider License, a Glider Pilots License, and then maybe a PPL...

    Now, anybody got some dosh to hand out
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    You guys can go ahead and fly microlights! I'd prefer not to go up in one of them. As much as I like flying I like being alive better...

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    Correction! This was'nt a microlight, but rather a motorised paraglider!
    Sorry Dirk!
    Dumb fingers!
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    Neill Calitz, IMMSMC.

    They found his body yesterday. Post postmortem will be on Thursday.

    Rescuers found parts of the prop quite a way from the wreck.

    Sad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amaDisco View Post
    Sorry Dirk!
    Dumb fingers!

    Hehe must say this one confussed me seriously for a second there!

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    Biggles were you flying this morning?
    I saw a yellowish thingimy circling above me at Morning Star this morning. Flying with another oke as well.
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    Hey chaps

    Flying can't beat it, spent time in helis and plenty cessnas doing game counts and aerial tracking. Awesome fun and those san parks pilots are something else. Also fly RC, big red what have you got are they still for sale. Looking for a .45 engine preferably. Went for a flip in a tigermoth a few years ago, the open cockpit and slow aerobatics is amazing
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    Hi All

    I WENT SOLO ON SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donovan View Post
    Hi All

    I WENT SOLO ON SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We went playing in the mud on Saturday

    Hope you enjoyed it.... I can still remember how nervous I was, but what a lekker feeling
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    During '89-90 i did my basics at 89 CFS Pietersburg. I was in the Safety Equiptment Section on the flight line, responsible for safety equiptment inside the Cheetah D2 and clearing the runway of dropped dragchutes. During this time i got the opportunity to fly in a Cheetah from Pietersburg to Langebaan via AFB Upington.

    Beteen Upington and Langebaan we did mid air refeuling as part of the weapons training exercise at Langebaan. I never felt anything so exilerating as the take-off at P/burg. Seconds after starting the take-off, the afterburner kicked in and i was forced back in my seat. As soon as the wheels left the ground we pulled straight up with such a G-force that i could not pick up my arms.

    I flew with Maj. Glen Warden who now usually fly's the cheetah at airshows. Kmdt Gaggiano who is now head of the Airforce was our CEO at Pietersburg. That was the best few hours of my life EVER !!!!!

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    I own trike, and am in process of buildingmotor glider. Have been flying them since '93 and never regretted one moment of doing so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjoek View Post
    I own trike, and am in process of buildingmotor glider. Have been flying them since '93 and never regretted one moment of doing so.
    So create gallery for yourself and show us some pics!

    http://4x4community.com/photopost/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pahero View Post
    During '89-90 i did my basics at 89 CFS Pietersburg. I was in the Safety Equiptment Section on the flight line, responsible for safety equiptment inside the Cheetah D2 and clearing the runway of dropped dragchutes. During this time i got the opportunity to fly in a Cheetah from Pietersburg to Langebaan via AFB Upington.

    Beteen Upington and Langebaan we did mid air refeuling as part of the weapons training exercise at Langebaan. I never felt anything so exilerating as the take-off at P/burg. Seconds after starting the take-off, the afterburner kicked in and i was forced back in my seat. As soon as the wheels left the ground we pulled straight up with such a G-force that i could not pick up my arms.

    I flew with Maj. Glen Warden who now usually fly's the cheetah at airshows. Kmdt Gaggiano who is now head of the Airforce was our CEO at Pietersburg. That was the best few hours of my life EVER !!!!!
    Great fun!!

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    Keep it up Donovan, it gets better the more you do it.

    I've been flying since 31 Jan 77.... and still dont work for a living!!
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    Tjoek, do you know Tony Gibson ? He has his own factory building
    all sorts of trikes.

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