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Auster,Champ,Taylorcraft pa-15 or similar???

Old 13th Sep 2014, 21:34
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of course i am open to other suggestions such as....

kitfox? like the look of it, or maybe something similar?

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Old 13th Sep 2014, 22:26
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Any aircraft you're considering buying, look the registration up on G-INFO...

GINFO Database Search | Aircraft Register | Operations and Safety

That will give you the full and correct designation, real hours, and what engine it should have fitted.

There are others, but the most often mentioned source of second hand light and microlight aeroplane adverts is AFORS...

Planes and Aircraft For Sale - Light Aircraft, Autogyros, Helicopters ... (UK)


And before buying an aeroplane, hire a suitably qualified AND INDEPENDENT inspector (LAA or BMAA depending upon aeroplane) to give you a full and frank report on the aeroplane.

Also check with any owners club whether there's any gossip about the particular airframe (and search the registration on the AAIB website to see if it's been crashed, although with a "rag and tube" aeroplane like the Rans or X'Air, that's no big concern as all the bent bits should have just been replaced with new parts).

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Old 15th Sep 2014, 07:43
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Get an Auster if you can find one for sale. Preferably one with a steerable tailwheel which makes the ground handling much better than the free castoring shopping trolley wheel fitted as standard. For more grunt and easier parts availability get a Gypsy engined one (like a J1/N) rather than the Cirrus engined J1. The Cirrus is smoother and more economical but, at 100hp, is less powerful than the Gypsy powered versions. Ignore the bull about them being hard to land, you just have to get the speed right which means being prepared to land veeery slowly!
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Old 15th Sep 2014, 07:52
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Have a ride in as many of the above mentioned as you can. Decide on which you like the best (a Choice of 2 or 3) then find one, get a good inspection then buy it.
There are more opinions than Aircraft. Most of them are valid and honest, but are mainly opinions.
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Old 15th Sep 2014, 07:56
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thanks guys i will try to keep you all posted

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Old 15th Sep 2014, 08:41
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Ignore the bull about them being hard to land, you just have to get the speed right which means being prepared to land veeery slowly!
Absolutely! Good advice on many taildraggers, but especially the Auster.

Have a ride in as many of the above mentioned as you can. Decide on which you like the best (a Choice of 2 or 3) then find one, get a good inspection then buy it.
Also very good advice.

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Old 15th Sep 2014, 12:25
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thanks guys, i will wait and see how it goes, theres a possibility of the chance of a share in a rans s6 already at strathaven, i am going to contact them and see whats what, this way i have some experienced people behind me, will see what the details are and get back too you all

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Old 15th Sep 2014, 15:13
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Just my 2 cents worth, but anything with a gypsy or cirrus engine will take a bit more money for maintenance. A lycosaurus on a permit or a rotax four stroke would be my option. But then, I go touring in a Supercub so what do I know about it?
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Old 18th Oct 2020, 20:16
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At last!!!

Well its certainly been a while! I bought G-BTBY this week and was searching for something and came across this post i made 6years ago!

Took me a while to find the right A/C 🤣 I've owned and flown an Avid speedwing an Escapade so im sure the Vagabond will be easy enough for me to master in comparison.

Sorry for the late update 😅

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Old 18th Oct 2020, 20:35
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Originally Posted by ecosse View Post
Well its certainly been a while! I bought G-BTBY this week and was searching for something and came across this post i made 6years ago!

Took me a while to find the right A/C 🤣 I've owned and flown an Avid speedwing an Escapade so im sure the Vagabond will be easy enough for me to master in comparison.

Sorry for the late update 😅
Looks like a beauty! Enjoy.

PS wonder where the Avid, Kitfox and Escapade designers got the idea from? ;=)
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Old 18th Oct 2020, 21:47
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Saw that at Bagby on Saturday, looks nice.
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Old 18th Oct 2020, 22:19
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I quite liked flying the Vagabond many years ago! Enjoy! Grass roots flying!
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 17:35
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Nice aircraft, ecosse. Is she based at Strathaven now?
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