WANTED: Aircraft hire for VFR trip to France
I am a JAR PPL holder with approximately 150 powered flying hours experience and over 500 launches as an Air Cadet gliding instructor to date. Currently in my third year of an Aerospace Engineering degree, I fly regularly with the University Air Squadron where I have completed the RAF Elementary Flying Training syllabus on the Grob Tutor. I also fly a PA28 Warrior with a local flying school.
I am planning a trip to southwest France during late July/early August 2008, lasting 10-14 days and flying 10-15 hours. I am currently trying to find a suitable aircraft to hire for this. The aircraft must be capable of carrying three adults plus some baggage, have fixed undercarriage, decent avionics (but full IFR fit not necessary) and an interior in good condition. Access to life jackets/raft would also be good. A PA28 Archer/C172/C182 or similar based in the southwest of England for under £130 (wet) per hour would be ideal.
I am reluctant to use a flying school aircraft since most ask for a minimum number of hours per day above what I intend to do. A private owner or group syndicate happy to make their aircraft available to me at a fixed price per hour would be great.
Any offers/advice would be much appreciated.