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Old 7th Apr 2013, 11:13   #1 (permalink)


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Anyone heard of the the Popham Flying Group?

I was at Popham the other day and saw and advert for shares in the Popham flying group - 3 aircraft PA 17 PA 22 and Wassmer 52 - £50 a month. Am looking for a decent synidicate in this area - tying to find out if this one is as good as it looks. Thanks in advance
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Old 7th Apr 2013, 17:29   #2 (permalink)
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They've crashed four PA-22s in four years
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Old 8th Apr 2013, 05:56   #3 (permalink)
 
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They've crashed four PA-22s in four years
Four Pa22s or one 4 times?
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Old 8th Apr 2013, 06:53   #4 (permalink)
 
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The Popham Flying Group is definitely still active. I'm hoping to fly one of the aircraft later today. Pm for details.
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Looks like three aircraft, one having two "events", this link seems to suggest it was actually the same person, is that right? If so, is that person still in the group???

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Old 8th Apr 2013, 15:07   #6 (permalink)
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Apologies, it was four in six years. I think one PA-22 they did a bionic man job on but I'm not sure how many different PA-22's they decimated!
Still, it shows how rugged the PA-22 is
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Old 9th Apr 2013, 00:27   #7 (permalink)
 
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I was a member and it was an OK group. They did crash the PA22s (not the same pilot). Foxmoth, the website you linked to is run by an ex member with a grudge, so I hear. Don't know why the PA22's had "incidents", there weren't any problems with the PA17 or the Wassmer 52. It's worth getting in touch if you are looking for a group. You can always ask about the PA22s!
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Old 9th Apr 2013, 12:49   #8 (permalink)
 
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Thanks Bee, unless you know it is always difficult to know how much credence to give a website like this!
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Old 9th Apr 2013, 15:44   #9 (permalink)


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Thanks for the link there was nothing coming up in Google on this group. The website link seems to me just a list of accidents with photos of the wrecks, hardly grudge material. All of the info checks out in AAIB and the French BEA though, oddly there is nothing on the September 2012 incident yet. BUT this syndicate’s history has certainly made me think twice about handing over a wad of cash! Been doing a bit of research at Popham and it looks like folks have been walking away from this syndicate and leaving their cash behind and others are desperate to leave.(so I am told) The Wassmer has been US for over six months – a door came open in flight! 4 PA22s written off and the PA 17 comes up in the AAIB list twice from hard landing incidents which I would imagine required major reconstructive surgery I think I'll stay well clear of this one!
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Old 12th Apr 2013, 14:46   #10 (permalink)
 
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There are a lot of syndicates at Popham.

The best bet is to just go there, buy a cup of coffee, and read the noticeboard.

The man I'd trust for an honest opinion about any syndicate or aeroplane at Popham is the semi-resident instructor, Irv Lee. He posts on PPRuNe as Irv (I don't think that's giving much away!).

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