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This is the story of owning and operating a 1993 Beech Bonanza A36 in the UK and some of its adventures and flights. I have owned this plane for over six years now.

Monday, March 03, 2014


Renewal of SEP and IMC rating

I managed to fly G-FOZZ on Friday and renew my single engine piston and IMC rating and the last day before expiry.  The weather was magnificent and I really enjoyed the flights and a bit of refresher training.  Hopefully now I can get some great flights in this summer with the Forrest family.


New bill for the annual.

Today I got the bill for this years annual which took about 6 weeks due to waiting for parts and also waiting for a surveyor to come and "survey" the aircraft.  Clearly the cost of bureaucracy in this case is around £800 here or about 15% of the bill.

There is a fee for someone to check the work of the mechanic who has always superbly maintained my plane.  Now it needs signing off by someone else.

There is a fee for the CAA to issue the paperwork and there is a fee to "check" the radios.

It really angers me that aviation is crippled by such stupid charges.  I dont need to get my mobile phone checked each year. If it stops working I use my spare and buy a new one!


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