I know this question might seem a bit annoying, but please bear with me. If you would buy a plane tomorrow for a reasonable budget (let°s say 30-40k), what would it be? Catch - hours spent on that plane has to go towards your PPL(A) hour building, so are microlights out of the question?
The Samba XXL is a microlight, so any flying will not count towards hourbuilding. The >450kg variant is an option (Samba XLA). Capital cost is considerably higher than the Ce 152 but running costs are lower.
Is rental an option?
Just to be clear, I'm still probably some year away from my PPL, so what I really am doing at the moment is just fantasizing about what and how will I do.. I know it's sort of childish but I want to believe it's normal. The big dream is to own an affordable, simple, economic and somewhat modern aircraft. Basically I want a microlight that will work with PPL-A
I checked with IAA registry and got really confused now - every resource out there says Zephyr's MTOW is between 472.5 and 550kg depending on the version, yet the only Zephyr in the IAA registry MTOW is 450kg. Things with Samba XXL get even more confusing - some are registered as microlights with MTOW 450kg, some are registered as homebuilt with 540kg. Is there any benefit for the owners registering their aircraft as M? Less hassle? Tax?
EDIT: to make things more fun, just found another Zephyr, only registered as ATEC 2000 with MTOW 544kg, registered as Homebuild/ Land Aeroplane . Essentially it's the same machine as the other zephyr, but MTOW is nearly 100kg different.
Originally, the microlight class was for designed for aircraft clearly definable as microlights, but the lines have become blurred with higher performance micros such as the Samba.
The distinction between the Samba XXL & the XLA is the MTOW, but they are principally the same aircraft, but different certification!
regarding tax & hassle, thats not really the case. Both cost similar & both are Annex 2, so operate on Permit. The main distinction was that a microlight licence required a little less training (5 hours less under the old regime; now 15 less) (min 45hrs for Group A; min 30hrs for micro) but you couldnt trade you licence up to Group A with ease. Trading down from Group A to micro licence is a lot less rigorous (5 hours & flight test)
Keeping curency on both licences is a seperate exercise if you hold both
LAPL will blur the lines further!
Drop down to us iin Ultraflight Sunday afternoon if you're about for the Abbeyshrule fly-in & we chat about it more (and probably clarify less!)
There's also a Group A club at Abbeyshrule who do training in a Ce 172 so you could talk to the guys there also. Be glad to show you about
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