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Old 25th Jan 2012, 08:24
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BBC iPlayer doesn't want me to show the show, since I'm from outside the UK. I can't get it to work through a proxy, and it's also not on one of the "other" movie download sites.

Anybody any ideas? Otherwise I've got to wait until well after midnight next Monday to see the repeat "live".
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 08:51
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Set the video then watch it on Tuesday?

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Old 25th Jan 2012, 09:14
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BBC iPlayer doesn't want me to show the show, since I'm from outside the UK. I can't get it to work through a proxy, and it's also not on one of the "other" movie download sites.
Not surprising. In the UK we have to pay for the priveledge of watching TV and iPlayer.
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 12:54
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So as a postscript to my earlier negative comments I met some other pilots last night and while we all had some teeth clenching moments while watching, we all agreed the event and aircraft themselves look like great fun. So maybe after all it will encourage even existing pilots to try microlights. None of us were keen on anything other than the three axis aircraft though - Call us traditional!
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 13:05
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Well I've been sufficiently inspired to put my entry in for this year's - 21-23 June. I shall most likely enter in a Mainair Blade, and have put myself down for the "gold" (no electronic navaids) category. Not sure yet if I'm going to have a navigator or not.

Anybody else?

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Old 25th Jan 2012, 14:52
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An enjoyable watch - had to take it with a pinch of salt however - Within the first minute of the program they mentioned that all microlights had notoriously unreliable engines, despite all of the engines in shot at the time having Rotax written on them. I thought they had a pretty good rep?

Either way, made me want to sign up and give it a go one day! Certainly looks like good fun
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 16:10
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Good watch

I thought that the prog was really enjoyable. It portrayed the act of getting in the air as something which the ordinary guy could do and Im sure it will have fired many to have a second look at flying - surely that cant be a bad thing? It even has me considering changing code. Good for RMH, we need aviators like him! Hats off to the giy who persevered with his bad back and good job to the teenager who bonded with his dad - priceless!
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 17:00
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Anybody else?
Yep I've registered, also non-GPS.
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 20:51
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Enjoyed the programme.
Frustrated by not been able to see how the winner did it.
For me flying is all about fun and adventure - and these guys were having some.
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 21:33
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Great viewing. Not sure about having a fag in the hangar

Many moons ago, pre ppl, me and 'r kid once had a dual flight with the guys from Barton.

Fantastic hour, still talk about it now.
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 22:08
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The guy with the shaggy beard was suitably restrained when he missed a turn point by 15 metres, and I think he was at 5,500' at the time.
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Old 25th Jan 2012, 23:29
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In the UK we have to pay for the priveledge of watching TV and iPlayer.
TV licence not required for iPlayer
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Old 26th Jan 2012, 07:49
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Thanks. I was frustrated when I couldn't use iPlayer abroad and thought it had something to do with the licence.

The BBC uses Geo-IP technology to identify where your are based on the location of your internet service provider (ISP). This ensures that only internet users in the UK can enjoy programmes on BBC iPlayer - you can read our advice to find out more about on-demand rights.
If you download a programme to your laptop or a portable hard drive, you can watch this wherever you are in the world. However, you will only be able to download new programmes once you return to the UK.
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Old 26th Jan 2012, 08:11
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The Repeat

Otherwise I've got to wait until well after midnight next Monday to see the repeat "live".
The repeat on BBC HD is at 00:30 on 30/01/2012. So that's after midnight this coming Sunday.
Just a heads up so you don't miss it!
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Old 26th Jan 2012, 16:38
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Cape Wrath

The organisers drew a One Kilometer circle around the center (turning point) of Cape Wrath. Our intrepid aviator in fact missed the CENTER of the area by 15 meters. So he was One Kilometer and Fifteen meters from the turning point. Rules is rules !
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Old 26th Jan 2012, 18:58
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I think that was just condensation in the camera lens.
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Old 27th Jan 2012, 12:24
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The only bad thing that I found about the programme is that it's made me want to have a go in a microlight! Up until now, as a glider pilot (which really is as close as you get to flying like a bird), I've always thought of microlighting as a boring way of noisily drilling a hole through the sky. The programme caste the sport in an entirely different light. Whilst it showed some of the muppetry that exists in all forms of aviation, it also showed some of the more fun, albeit eccentric, characters too. Richard struck me as one of those people we characterise as "a bit odd" but who obviously has a wealth and depth of experince way beyond the majority of his compatriots. The Irish pair provided a lovely TV storyline - dad & lad bonding, etc. In fairness to the son, I don't think anything he said was unreasonabe or whingey. I'd always prefer a passenger to tell they're not happy rather than them staying quiet about it. Even happier with the second set of eyes calling out traffic! His Father showed a great deal of aviator maturity too by listening to his son's concerns and making sure they had a good time.

Great TV, fun programme. Now where do I find a micolight strip West of London?
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Old 27th Jan 2012, 14:20
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Some comments, which I say as an ex-microlighter...
microlight guys are far friendlier than their bigger brothers. They will always help you out when you are stuck.
The British Microlight team consistently wins the World Championships. This suggests to me that they are a professional and competent bunch.
The BMAA is very professionally run.
And finally I would far rather pay my TV licence than watch the drivel that the commercial channels put out. Who pays for the adverts, at the end of the day?
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Old 27th Jan 2012, 20:59
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Managed to watch it through a UK-based proxy. The rerun on Sunday night is on BBC HD, which is not available here.

Lovely show. Quite a few eyebrow raising issues but they've been mentioned before. What struck me most was the seatbacks they were using in that Thruster. Plain old pieces of foam, probably ripped out of a couch or something somewhere. No wonder the guy had a bad back.

Okay, now where can I learn to fly a weightshift microlight somewhere around here? It seems like an awful lot of fun to do.
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Old 27th Jan 2012, 21:19
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Okay, now where can I learn to fly a weightshift microlight somewhere around here?
Microlight Aero Team Matteam microlight display team

Watch the videos.
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