Friday, 4 February 2011

have the van too!

I have been thinking. If I sell the Dragonfly, I won't need the van and roofrack, or the ramp . So if you buy my machine (8K) and want the van etc it is all yours for £500!

Here you can see how all the kit works to make rigging and transporting a one-person job. I am very proud of the system. It is enormously convenient...and is designed to save my bad back. I hope you approve



Joshua Phillips said...

How much does a Dragonfly cost to run?

I'd love to learn to fly and I've been reading about almost all forms of atmospheric flight, and I've read very positive things about gliding, in many places; for one thing among many, that gliding is cheaper than powered flying (although completely different, and I'm sure many glider pilots would say, much more exciting) but it appears that a light trike like the Dragonfly or MotorFloater is an even cheaper way of getting in the air than any reasonably performant sailplane (and would probably get more flying time too, considering how many days in the UK seem to be actually soarable).

Yes, I know they offer two very different types of flying, but neither type is about getting anywhere fast!

I'd be very interested to know how much (or perhaps, how little) the insurance, maintenance etc. costs for something like the Dragonfly, and also the number of flying opportunities there are (such a microlight need not find lift but is rather restricted by wind, I hear).

Tinworm said...

Joshua, you are right that it is a lot cheaper to LEARN to fly gliders than microlighhts, but having learnt, microlights are more independent (no hanging round waiting your turn to be launched)and cheaper to buy, I understand.

As you say, they are different things. You could, of course, do both.

My dad is a glider pilot and his crowd can be very condescending about microlighters, but never vice versa. I tend to feel that all means of flight are wonderful...and all valid.

Tinworm said...

A Dragonfly uses about 2.5 - 3 litres of fuel per hour (which is INCREDIBLY economical). Insurance, third party only, is about £150 per annum. Hangarage varies...I pay about £200 for three months...but you CAN keep it at home, of course, though if you read my blog you will see why there are advantages to hangering (far less rigging time and other hassle) friendliness of a bunch of fliers together.