I really can’t believe it, but I’ve just bought an aeroplane. As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to fly. As a teenager I was passionate about flying and could bore you with everything you didn’t want to know about aeroplanes, particularly RAF ones, in fact I knew everything from the early days of Sir George Cayley to the present day, the present day being about 1969. In 1970 I won a flying scholarship through the air cadets and got my PPL. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to afford keeping my licence current, and so put it to one side and concentrated on my wife and family. About 13 years ago, I picked up a copy of ‘Flyer’ magazine and all my previous dreams came flooding back. I rejoined the Popular Flying Association and got involved with a group of builders and flyers of aeroplanes designed by a chap called Mike Whittaker. They called themselves the MW Club. Anyway, it was at their annual fly-in this year at Cheddar that a friend had decided to sell his beautifully made MW6. I was the first to offer to buy and the deal has been struck. I’m so excited I can’t believe it. I feel like a little boy. I looked up at someone paragliding this evening and instead of thinking, “I wish I could do that”, I thought, “I’ll be up there soon too”.
Just a few problems to solve first. How do I get it down from Doncaster. I need a car with a towing bracket. (You aren’t allowed to put a towing bracket on a Ford KA.) Second, where do I keep it, and finally where do I go to get my licence back. I was marvelling at what good value the aeroplane was. But it might be more expensive after all as I need a new car as well!