I’m remaining vague on purpose and will have to continue being so for some time to come as I want to stay under-the-radar and not attract unnecessary attention. But things are already on the move towards turning my little plan into reality.

Early yesterday evening I received the information by email that I’d requested from the UK plus copies of various items of paperwork and by bedtime the necessary forms had been sent off to the UK CAA by the same means. And by the middle of this afternoon the aircraft in question had been deregistered in the UK and the necessary paperwork submitted here in France for it to be added to the French aircraft register.

I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed by how quickly and smoothly the process went and I’m very encouraged that if things continue in this way, everything will be achieved even more rapidly than I originally thought. All will be revealed in the fullness of time and in the meantime I’ll continue quietly working away behind the scenes 😉

2 thoughts on “Wheels are in motion

  1. Hi there, you have misunderstood. This aircraft did NOT have its permit to fly revoked by the CAA. In order to transfer it to the French register it first had to be deregistered in the UK and once it had been deregistered it naturally had its UK permit to fly withdrawn. This is purely an administrative requirement and after deregistration the new owner (ie myself) has to return the paper copy of the permit to fly to the CAA. It is a necessity of the French system that before applying for a French registration the original UK (or other foreign) registration MUST first be cancelled and this is covered in the French system paperwork which allows for aircraft which have previously been registered in other countries to be brought to and registered in France.

    There is no such thing as an ‘ULM inspector’ in France. The French system is the most enlightened in Europe and in all aspects, the pilot alone is responsible for the airworthiness and safe operation of their aircraft. There is no ‘nanny state’ and it is much the better for it. Incidentally, there are absolutely no adverse results from applying this system in France compared to other European countries, such as Germany and the UK, that apply oppressive and expensive oversight and inspection regimes which merely serve to cost pilots a considerable amount of money and deliver nothing in terms of additional safety.

    Hope that helps.

  2. Is this the ex G-BYPW?
    I am wondering what the situation is with the French Authorities accepting an ultralight that had it’s permit revoked by the CAA?

    Has it got to be inspected by a French ulm inspector before it is cleared for flight?

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