The reason that flying is so expencive in the UK is in the main due to the flying that You dont do , with high utilisation I could offer a C152 or a PA38 for around the £50/hour mark but it has to fly a 500+ hours a year to make it pay.
I have control over my maintenance so costs and programing mantenance for maximum flighing hours are not a problem , but I cant do a thing about the UK weather !.
The other thing that I cant do a thing about is the "UK attitude" of "this deal cant be happening here !" having offered an aircraft to hours builders at £50/hour most of them dont seem interested and think that there must be something wrong with a deal that undercuts the price norm by 40%.
I may well go back to charging 10% below the norm for the UK as ironically this may give me more business credibility with the UK consumer , the aircraft will fly more and I will make another 30% per flying hour.
In short I think that a lot of you in the UK are to narrow minded first to see a good deal when it is on your doorstep and second to get away from the attitude that "it must be cheaper abroad".
I will apologise to the PPRuNe management if this post is rather close to advertising my business but I am not the only person offering good rates on aircraft on this side of the atlantic but I think that you should all know that it is the low take up rate from UK pilots that is the thing that will force me to put up my prices and nothing else.