Hi, I’m Roger. I’m a lapsed PPL/IMC. I’ve also got a bit of solo gliding experience but I wasn’t quite able to complete the training and get my gliding licence. My pal Ken came close to getting his PPL a few years back but didn’t quite make it. We first met years ago when we were in a small group that owned a Piper PA28-180 and have retained an interest in flying ever since. That’s not surprising really – it’s something you either do or don’t have and when you’ve got it, you never lose it.
After the group sold the Cherokee we talked about maybe flying a light aircraft out of Ken’s place where there’s a large field but we never did anything about it and probably never thought we would. But recently a couple of things changed for both of us at about the same time and made us re-think our personal priorities. So, as you do, we went out and bought a microlight together!
Now we’ve got to get our Microlight Licences and a Permit to Fly for our little machine and while we’re doing it, I’ll be running this blog to share our experiences with anyone who wants to drop in.
Guarantee we’ll have a lot of fun and if you string along with us, maybe you will as well. Look forward to having your company for the journey.
July 2009 Update
Well, since that was written things have moved on a bit. The above is an account of how things started but Ken and I had a parting of the ways last year although we have remained friends. I found an X-Air 3-axis with an enclosed cabin last Summer which Ken bought as we both decided that at our advanced ages 😕 we would prefer the comfort and convenience of the enclosed cabin rather than sitting out in the open in a flexwing. Subsequently I then purchased G-MYRO, an elderly Cyclone AX3 that I began my microlight training in last year and which I have a great affection for. MYRO was owned by Rosie, my instructor, who wanted to move to a new aircraft, G-MZEL another AX3 that she already owned. MYRO did not have an engine when I bought it because Rosie had transferred that over to her new steed, so I had to obtain another. Having done so, rather than just put it on, I decided I’d take the opportunity to give MYRO a good once over because the chance to may never happen again. So that’s what the blog has moved onto – it’s now all about me getting my NPPL Microlight Licence and getting MYRO ready for the big day when I’ll be able to fly it.
The blog was originally called ‘Our Trike – We’ll Have Some Fun Getting It Flying’ but I thought that so as not to tempt fate, I wouldn’t change it until the original Our Trike had found a new owner. When that happened I decided to make the change but I hope that any regular readers will continue along with me for the journey, because I’m now loving it even more. 😉
August 2010 Update
Well, I’ve now completed the original journey that I started on and am just about to start on another that’s even more exciting!
After doing all of the main work to get G-MYRO back flying again during the Summer of 2009, I found an airfield to base it on in the Spring of 2010. On a fine day in April with a bit of help from a few flying friends, I moved MYRO’s wings from the hangar near Canterbury where they’d been hanging since MYRO last flew in August 2008 to Linton, near Maidstone, Kent, and then reunited them for the first time since that date with MYRO’s fuselage. All I then had to do was put them together.
I didn’t have any inkling of just how rocky that road would be and the problems and difficulties I would have to overcome, but the job was completed in July. All that was then needed was to get MYRO inspected and check flown for a Permit to Fly to be issued, but after enjoying weeks of good weather, then the Weather Gods decided to slow things down a bit. The inspection was finally completed and signed off in the middle of August 2010 and it was another two weeks before there was a weather window long enough to get the check flight done, in the last week of the month. Even so, when I flew MYRO back from where the check flight was carried out, my old training airfield near Canterbury, I was unable to get back into Linton due to rain, low cloud and poor visibility and had to divert into Headcorn.
In the meantime, of course, I had to get a licence to fly microlights, which is more or less where this whole story started from. I was well into my microlight training, having done all the exams again and also a qualifying cross country into Headcorn – bit of luck there, eh 😉 – when we found that the rules had changed and all I needed to do was pass a GST (flying test) and an oral test in order to add a Microlight rating to the lapsed Lifetime PPL that I already held. This I did in June 2010 and I’m now the very proud holder of that distinction! In fact the ferry flight from Linton to get the check flight done was my first flight in G-MYRO since getting it back into a flying state and also my first flight since my GST in June.
So I have now achieved both of my principal objectives from when I started out on this journey, but it is far from being the end. It’s actually just the beginning of another new, exciting one that I hope to be able to enjoy for many more years to come. And I won’t stop posting on this little blog but rather I’ll keep going and sharing my experiences and adventures as I enjoy the freedom and fun of owning and flying my own little aircraft. I can’t wait 😀
August 2013 Update
My goodness, how quickly things move on and change. My divorce became final in January 2012 and in that same month I found myself looking at houses in the Dordogne in France with a view to selling up in the UK and moving. It seems that it was meant to be because the offer that I made on the converted barn in which I now live was accepted, I found an immediate buyer for my house in England and the sale and purchase both went ahead smoothly. I flew MYRO down to France over the Easter week-end of 2012 and parked it up while my sale in the UK concluded. After a brief delay waiting for Toddie, my old Springer to have his rabies jab, he and I moved to our new home in France in early May.
Then I suffered a hic-cup when, while relocating MYRO to a different airfield where it would be permanently based, I suffered an accident on takeoff. I and a passenger ended up in the trees, and although neither he nor I were injured, MYRO was, sadly, badly damaged. But every cloud has a silver-lining, so they say, and so it was with this episode. Afterwards I was able to purchase a French-registered X-Air, 56NE, and after months of delay due to unsuitable weather, I obtained my French ULM licence in June 2013.
And so, after following a circuitous route from the UK to France by way of Stoke airfield in Kent, various tiny airfields in France and the eventual purchase of a French ULM to replace MYRO, ‘My Trike’ has also moved on. It’s still about my flying exploits and adventures and sharing the joy that I get from them but it’s now also about much more. It’s now also about my life in France, the friends that I have made here without whom it would be so much less full and enjoyable and the shear nitty-gritty of moving to France and getting to grips with a new life here.
It would be an honour and a privilege if you would care to join me, if only from time to time, to share the ups and downs, many trivial, some less so, that crop up along the way.