Wednesday 11 December 2013 02:41 UTC
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Futher to the topic on a Enginerring company going bust - not sure it is much of a secret who they are.
I was due to hire a plane tomorrow morning for an hour but got a phone call from the instructor I had used in the past saying not to bother coming in as they had gone into administration.
I hope those that have plane in engineering get sorted out ok.
However my situation:
I had let my rating lapse as I had not flown for 2 years but have spent the last year have some instruction and passing the mini-ppl test to get the rating back - which I did 2 weeks ago. I enjoyed the re-fresher and the instructor was very good.
My flying is very much an escape for an hour, once a month. I do not go in for long trips, although after my refresher I am happier with my naviagtion.
When I say I cannot afford a share in a plane I do actually mean it. I cannot commit to a regular monthly outlay and just about afford a once a month escape - I know it is not an ideal way to fly.
I originally learnt in a C150 but have been flying PA38s since about 2007.
My question is does anyone know where I could fly from now?
I am limited in type I expect as I recall sitting in a C172 and not being able to reach the breaks properly as I am not tall.
I am based just south of Milton Keynes.
Anyone got any ideas?
Brooklands Flying Club at Sywell, Northants
As far as reaching the pedals is concerned, I have a huge pile of cushions for my little legs. It works a treat. I have a friend who is around 4' tall and learned to fly on a C152. Where there's a will, there's a way.
Give me a Chipmunk and I'll show you a good time.
How far would you be prepared to drive? Turweston is reasonably close to MK. My husband and I landed there recently for a bacon buttie and a mooch around and were made to feel very welcome indeed by the folks on the radio and on the ground. Not sure what's available there for hire-and-fly...might be worth having a look on the www.
i called in to the flying school this evening
spoke to one of the (crikey aren't they young) instructors
he said he has a number of students - was hoping to take them (and himself) to one of the other flying schools
worth waiting until Monday then call your instructor he/she may still be working out of Cranfield or somewhere nearby
heehee or put in an offer for a PA28 they're probably going cheap!
We are chatting to three student tomorrow. Ironically, we could also do with more instructors. The sad thing is that some prosper because of others' losses.
To those directly involved, you have my thoughts.
I've been based at Turweston 14 years now & can recommend it. Why not drop in and speak to one of the guys from the flying club (Mike, Eddie, Paul or Simon) or the airfield manager (Chris B).
It's big enough to have what you need (fuel, maintenance, cafe etc.) without being too big. Also 6500 ft ceiling if you like aeros.
Runway recently lengthened (> 1000 m).
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