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  1. Richard Leishman

    Wing progression

    Hello fellow pilots. I am looking to potentially progress on to the next wing from my Spyder 28. I was wondering if anyone would be up for allowing me to test fly their Sirocco 2 (~26 ~28) or similar wings at the PMC event in three weeks? Im not 100% set on changing as I do love my wing, but how will I know better if I do not try other wings Happy to let you have a play on my Spyder. Look forward to seeing you there, I have been praying to the weather gods.
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    Moster 185 Exhaust

    My only concern based on what I have been told from people is that you are meant to sand off the paint layer and drill a hole at the ends of the crack. If you do not, you will find the crack will just continue to grow. Let us know how you get on. Looks to me like he hasn't even sanded the paint off to see how far the crack goes under the paint. In my case I found that on the surface it looked like one line crack, but we found that under the paint it was more like a tree branch on one end of the crack. As stated above, I am no expert, but simply welding a single line sounds too easy.
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    Moster 185 Exhaust

    There are two skins on the moster 185 exhaust, only on one side at the top of the neck. The crack does only penetrate the top layer.
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    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Was poorly The end two photos are repaired. This was me last night, engine has never felt so good
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    Moster 185 Exhaust

    Hi Tony, I have just had my exhaust repaired by one of our clients. After repairing, he also gave me a report into why he thinks so many of them are cracking. I was not aware of the 3-minute warm-up procedure, but I was naturally doing it as I would run my engine and then go set up my wing. My motor has roughly 30 - 35 hours. I am relaying his words as I remember them, I am no expert: The exhaust is made in two halves by pressing/forming "thin" sheets of carbon steel into a press. When steel is formed into a mould, you send up with parts of the steel that are stretched more than others. He said that the main cause of the crack is due to the type of metal used (there are better metals, but this increases cost) and that there are parts close to the exhaust of the engine that has been stretch so much that they are wafer thin. He said that what they could have done was to make the exhaust in more parts, reducing the amount of stretch up at the neck of the exhaust. Vortex Aero has made an aftermarket exhaust that implements this. https://www.vortexaero.com/product-page/vittorazi-moster-engine-exhaust In my case, I had a big crack like yours and one of the springs had ripped off. He has added a new plate over the top to strengthen the neck. Before and after shots attached. He charged me 3 hours of labour. Richard
  6. Once passed, you are welcome to come and fly with us. We have a small group down in Tamworth, 20mins from you.
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    Training and BHPA

    Thanks Andy. My experience was the opposite of this, but I can only speak of what I experienced at my time of training. July 18 On the other hand, there are people that have no patience or interest in learning, they just want the quick answers to getting in the air, and once they go flying on their own, all the etiquette, procedures and checks go out the window. I'm in no way affiliated to Brad other than he trained me and that I have been back up to fly with him on a few occasions by the way
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    Training and BHPA

    Welcome. I am a relatively new pilot. I agree with Simon, train who you feel comfortable with and fits your training style. Personally, I trained with Brad Quinn and his training style worked well with me. Being in that circle, I have met and flown with many people who trained with him also. With regards to what AndyB says, while with Brad I trained alongside another student who had come from another UK school who was told he was ready for his first flight, but he clearly couldn't kite. I think it happens both ways, not because there are bad trainers, but more because there has to be some connection/synergy between the tutor/student. Sorry AndyB 😘 Remember, this is a fun sport and training should be fun also!
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    Bore Chasers Take-off and Landing Compilation

    Quality isn't too great as they are clips from the Insta360, but they work.
  10. Nice to see you all at Bore Chasers, I have put together a small compilation of launches and landing from the event. Let me know if you are in it! Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkxFoPUl5U
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    Lovely picture of me, Thank You!
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    Hi Guys, Sorry to bump an old thread but just thought I would give a little update on my progression. I started training with Brad Quinn at the end of July and I can not fault the guy at all. Split up due to weather, in total I had around 5 days of lessons on the field and 2 days in the classroom; through summer, a typical day being 6am-10am, siesta, 7pm-11pm. Training was at each individuals pace and my training felt almost one to one. I was taught to Brad's own syllabus which everything was focussed around safety first which he also tests you on multiple times. I bought my maverick and spyder through Brad which also saved me over a grand. Thanks, Richard
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    Looking for local flyers

    I am over in Tamworth if you fancy a beer.
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    Just took first flight and a wanted

    I am not too sure on the name Hann, but it was a swaying pendulum effect.
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    Just took first flight and a wanted

    I ended up buying a training harness from UKPPG as looking out the window over the field was eating me up. I do not feel 100% confident to go on flights on my own yet, will have a few more with my trainer. OMG i see what you mean! https://www.screwfix.com/p/jsp-spartan-3-point-harness/8452g