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Old 21st Aug 2015, 23:54
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Luton Minor?!

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Has anybody got any experience flying one of these Old girls?

Low hour PPL been tempted by one of these Planes for a few years now?

Seem very cheap to run and low maintenance costs, may not be the fastest planes in the world but I'd love to fly something vintage, being a taildragger and open cockpit its certainly different.

Thoughts??

Thanks Guys
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Old 22nd Aug 2015, 07:37
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I had my first ever aircraft share in one (G-BBCY). A delight to fly, very easy and safe. A bit slow obviously but you'll learn a lot and have a lot of fun ....So my advice would be to go for it!

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Great fun. Does exactly what it was designed for. If you like it, buy it.
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Cheers Guys,

Like I say i'm very tempted, Just trying to find an airstrip fairly local where I could base it .

I'm surprised so far by the costs Doesn't seem to be that many?...
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Before buying my first aircraft I had a yearning for something with built in "nostalgia" and checked out a Luton Minor. Are they all built for midgets? I was in my early 40's at the time and still fit and flexible but I was in danger of doing myself a serious injury trying to get into it. If you are over 6 feet (I am 6'4") you might need to think again.

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Former owner of G-AFIR, rebuilt by Arthur Ord Hume. I found that with the JAP 36HP engine the aircraft was a tad underpowered. I had the opportunity to fly the late Don Peacock's Minor which had a 55HP Lycoming, nice! In general, the ailerons are not too spritely, but the very sensitive rudder makes up for that. And as was noted above, getting in and out requires some flexibility! But once inside the cockpit I found to be roomy and comfortable. An enjoyable way to see the countryside, at least it was before the great airspace grab!
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I have flown a couple.

I concur that they are snug once you are in, and you need to be double jointed to fit in one.

Negatives

Visibility upwards is zero
controls sloppy
general speed slow
fuel capacity limited
most are underpowered
VW powered ones can be a pain to start by hand
no two are alike..........
build quality varies immensely
Can be interesting in a crosswind


Positives

They are great fun
Cheap to use and run
They are great fun
Generate conversation wherever you go
They are great fun
Easy to hangar (small wingspan)
They are great fun

I'd probably buy one.............. if it was in good nick

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