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Saturday, 16 February 2008

HULL AERO CLUB

Hull Aero Club operates from Beverley Airifeld (Linley Hill), The airfield itself is a licensed airfield with excellent club house facilities. You can enjoy a friendly chat over a cup of coffee or tea, light bites are also available. In short, we offer good hospitality in comfortable surroundings rather than the usual cold portakabin or draughty old caravan of many other flying clubs and schools.

Hull Aero Club has an active social club and many events are organised throughout the year. Members and their guests are welcome at all times. Many of our members call in for a coffee even when they are not flying, and always receive a warm welcome.

WHERE CAN I FLY ONCE I HAVE MY LICENCE?

Microlights do not require conventional airfields. They can operate quite legally from grass strips or basically prepared fields with the land owner's permission. 'RM Aviation' can still help with advanced courses which include Navigation, Advanced Flying Techniques, dirt and short strip flying. Or just enjoy the social flying from Hull Aero Club.

WHAT CAN I DO WHEN I AM A FLYING ACE?

Visiting other airfields/microlight clubs/schools etc is all part of your new found freedom as a qualified pilot. There are regular 'fly-ins' all over the country. How far you travel is really down to you. As a club member of Hull Aero Club, you will be encouraged to spread your wings and join other club members on various 'Fly outs'.

Also RM Aviation will be running an annual Flying trip to the large European Microlight show at 'Blois' in France each September. This trip is an escorted flight of several aircraft, for Pilots looking to extend they're flying horizons. (Rob Mckellar has flown the channel 14 times without incident from any of the escorted aircraft to date.) All the hassle of organisation is looked after by RM Aviation you just come along and enjoy another new experience.

AN INTRODUCTION TO MICROLIGHT FLYING

Microlight aircraft can trace their origins back to the late 1970's when hang glider pilots took the seemingly logical step of fitting small engines to their craft. Taking aviation into uncharted areas meant that knowledge and skill could only be learned "hands on" in the air. This meant that powered hang glider flying was certainly exciting - and sometimes downright dangerous! No design controls or licensing regulations whatsoever meant that the most unlikely craft became airborne. With the pioneering days now over, today's microlight aircraft are faster, safer, more comfortable and certainly easier to fly than ever before.

Costs range from as little as 2500 for a 'first generation' used aircraft to over 40,000 for a new fast, sophisticated model. They can be flown from any suitable large open field, with of course the owners permission and within any existing planning constraints, or from one of the many club sites or general aviation airfields. With CAA Aircraft Permits, Instructor Ratings and a well-established pilot licensing system, microlighting has now come of age yet it still remains one of the most fun and exhilarating ways to fly.

MICROLIGHT AVIATION ACHIEVEMENTS

Although they have been used for crop spraying, photography and by the armed forces, microlights are principally designed for pleasure flying. Being relatively inexpensive to purchase they have allowed people from all walks of life to operate their own aircraft at a much lower cost than may be associated with normal aeroplanes. Microlights have flown around the world and climbed to over 25,000 feet. Even back in 1984, microlights flew for over 12 hours to claim the world non-stop two seater duration and distance record of 550 miles! Today's high-performance microlights fly regular cross-country flights of over 200 miles in less than 2 hours on 25 litres of unleaded petrol.

DEFINITION OF A MICROLIGHT

A microlight is defined In the UK Air Navigation Order as follows:
It can carry a maximum of two people and the takeoff weight must not exceed 450 Kg.
It has either; a wing loading not exceeding 25Kg/sq.m, or a stalling speed not more than 41 mph.
It has an unrestricted fuel capacity - within the constraints of its maximum weight and balance limits.

There are two categories of microlight aircraft:

1. Flex-Wing -Weightshift Controlled Microlights

With a wing structure based on the hang glider design they have a tricycle undercarriage with seats, engine and propeller suspended below the wing. There is a braced triangular control bar that the pilot uses to pivot the wing around the 'hang point' assembly thereby achieving control in roll and pitch.

1. Flex-Wing -Weightshift Controlled Microlights

These aircraft look much more like conventional aeroplanes with fixed wings, tailplane and fin. In some cases they have a fully enclosed cockpit. They are controlled in all three axes (roll, pitch and yaw) by the use of ailerons, elevator and rudder.

SAFE FLYING IS NO ACCIDENT

How do I get started? What's on offer at Rob Mckellar Aviation?
Microlight Training 4 stroke Flexwing & 3-Axis! On Pegasus Quantum 912 and Thruster Jabiru Sprint T600n microlights.
Intensive Training Courses available one week, two week, three week courses.
Trial Lessons!
Aircraft Inspections!
Annual Permits!
Certificates of Experience/General FlyingTests!
Microlight Sales!
Microlight Lease/Shares available in school Aircraft

One of the best ways to check out any sport, is to have a go! You can choose from a 30 minute flight for 60 or a full hands on trial lesson of 1 hour for 110 where you can have a go at the controls and see if piloting is for you. To gain a British Private Pilots Licence (Microlight) you are required to complete a flying training syllabus.You must complete a minimum of 25 hours instructional flying of which 10 must be with you in solo command of the aircraft. Again within this minimum 25 hours you are required to have satisfactorily navigated yourself by air to an airfield at least 15 miles from the start air-field on two different occasions and to 2 differing airfields! There are 5 multi choice exams on Air Law, Navigation and other flying stuff which you have to pass. The pass mark for these exams is 70%. Depending on your commitment and ability you should be flying solo around 15 hours. The cost of obtaining the licence is likely to be somewhere between 3500 and 4500. If you find yourself in the area then just pop in to the airfield for a chat and ask for Rob, you'll be made most welcome. The flying training course can be completed at your own pace from 1 hour per month to a full intensive course with cheap accommodation available locally and any amount of training hours that suit you. Also don't be put off by British winter, some of the best flying conditions occur during this season.

Are there any Restrictions?
There are no age or disability restrictions to flying as a passenger other than you must fit the safety equipment correctly. Student pilots must be reasonably fit and in good health. In order to handle the aircraft safely they must be within the ages of, minimum, 14 years of age; 1.57m - 1.93m (5ft 2ins - 6ft 4ins) tall.

Making your Dream a Reality! WHAT DO I NEED?
Initially, nothing, RM Aviation will supply all the equipment you require including headset intercom, Helmets, Flying Suits etc. You will be given specially prepared training handouts to aid the learning process for Circuits and checks etc.

What will it all cost?
Both 3-Axis and Flexwing Training is charged at the same rate of 100* per hour for Dual and solo in RMA's Aircraft.

Block Bookings -

10 hours 1000 (plus one free hour); 25 hours 2500 (plus three free hours) paid in advance - SCHOOL AICRAFT
10 hours 700 Dual (plus one free hour); 25 hours 1750 (plus three free hours) paid in advance - OWN AIRCRAFT

Breakdown of Costs

Buy In @ solo stage = 1500. Training rates on school share aircraft then become: Dual 95 Solo 75. On gaining license, rates on school aircraft then become 25/hr dry and 45 per month share fee.

RM Aviation revised price list.
30 min Air ex flight 60
60 min Air ex flight 110
1 Hr flying training on school A/C (flex wing or fixed wing) Dual/solo 100 p/h

1 Hr Dual Flying Training on students own aircraft 70 p/h

1 Hr Solo Training on students own aircraft 40 p/h

Training Packages:

1. 10 hr block @ 1000 plus one free hr. = 11 hrs School Aircraft
2. 10 hr block @ 700 plus one free hr =11 hrs Own Aircraft
3. 25 hr block @ 2500 plus 3 free hrs = 28hrs School Aircraft
4. 25 hr block @ 1750 plus 3 free hrs = 28hrs Own Aircraft
5. Flex to Fixed wing conversion 10hr block @1000 plus one free hr = 11hrs
6. Fixed wing to Flexwing conversion 10hr block @1000 plus one free hr = 11hrs

Ground School Course, inc Radio RT (Inc free exam fees) 400
1 Hr Ground School (if not included in Ground School Package) 40 p/h Aircraft Maintenance, or A/C Servicing: 45 p/h
Aircraft |Maintenance with hands on teaching for owner. 100 p/h
Annual aircraft permits: 125 (plus labour @ if any prep required on the a/c).

Please note the prices for inspections, maintenance and permits are on-site. Off Site permit inspections will include an additional charge for travel costs at 50p per mile.

Hangarage
Polly Tunnel One:
Semi rigged flexwing, gyrocopter etc hangerage 50 per month.
Paramotor storage 100 per annum or 10 per month.

Polly Tunnel Two:
Fixed wing hangerage. 75 per month

Polly Tunnel Two:
Fixed wing hangerage. 75 per month

Shed:
Fully rigged flexwing storage 65 per month

School Share Scheme - Share package on school aircraft (licensed pilots).

1. Thruster T600N Sprint Fixed wing 4 stroke microlight. 1500 buy in
(plus 40 per month fee). Dry rate = 20/hr

2. Pegasus Quantum 912 4 Stroke flexwing microlight. 1000 buy in
(Plus 40 per month fee). Wet rate = 40/hr

School Aircraft Share dry and wet rates- All share schemes student or licensed pilots
THRUSTER: Dry rate only (Wet rates no longer apply pilots supply own fuel.)

FLEXWING (Quantum): Wet Rate of 40 per hr. (Due to difficulty in measuring fuel usage, pilots supply fuel receipts for fuel filled and deduct price from wet rate to be paid). Note RM Aviation will only pay local rates for unleaded fuel, use of avgas is at pilots cost.

Buy In @ solo stage = 1500. Training rates on school share aircraft then become: Dual 95 Solo 75. On gaining license, rates on school aircraft then become 20/hr dry and 40 per month share fee.
Robert McKellar
Chief Flying Instructor
R M Aviation
* All prices only correct at time of going to press and include VAT.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 June 2011 )