Tiger Club - Turbulents ?

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Please can someone explain how The Tiger Club can offer flights at £65 per hour on their website to potential pilots when the aircraft are operated on a permit to fly ? This is not an intended criticism of The Tiger Club I am just curious about how you can do this with a permit aircraft and paying customers. Thanks for your time and trouble, Be lucky David
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Isn't it something to do with joining the club so being a member you're not Joe Public etc? or something along those lines IIRC? (I'm not an expert but seem to recall it from somewhere)

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I believe an exemption was granted for single seaters in those circumstances. I think the use of the Ardem engine, which was a certificated VW conversion, may also be a factor.

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CAA Exemption I believe...:D The use of 'factory built' Rollason Turbulents is the key....
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Isn't it something to do with joining the club so being a member you're not Joe Public etc? or something along those lines IIRC? (I'm not an expert but seem to recall it from somewhere)
The prices are listed here, there is no mention on this page or anywhere else on the website regarding membership, the only condition I can find is that you must be checked out in the Tiger first as the Turbulent is a single seater. http://www.tigerclub.co.uk/Default.aspx?Guid=&MenuId=./Aircraft&Actio... Hope it helps, Be lucky David P.S. I wonder which Harvard they use ?

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Re the Harvard. I would suspect it would be " Carly", the mount of Chris Belhouse, the Chairman of the club.
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Hello, As a former owner of a Rollason-built, former Tiger Club Turbulent I can offer some clarification to this question. Yes, the Rollason built aircraft are operated on a Permit to Fly with a CAA exemption that allows them to be 'hired' by members of the Tiger Club, an original arrangement negotiated by Norman Jones with the then ARB. The same rule also applied to a certain extent for the Rollason built Beta. Rollason-built Turbulents that are not owned or operated by the Tiger Club cannot be operated on a commercial basis as the exemption only applies to the club and its members. The aircraft were manufactured by Rollasons who as such had the necessary ARB/CAA approval for aircraft manufacture and were therefore able to produce what was effectively a certificated aircraft in their production facilities at Croydon and Redhill. Three Turbulents that Rollasons built (G-ARLZ, G-AWPA, G-AWPB) were to their D.31A specification that featured the strengthend wing spar, a starter, radio and a brake system adapted from the Fournier RF4. The A-model was created from the outset as a certificated C of A aircraft that could be leased to flying clubs much in the same way as the Rollason Condor, however take up was poor and 'PA and 'PB were the last 'official' Rollason built Turbulents. The early Rollason-built Turbulents made use of quite a few small Tiger Moth parts in their construction as these spares were plentiful in the Rollason stores! The Turbulent was also built under license in Germany in similar numbers to the Rollason production run and these Starck built aricraft were also built as a certificated aeroplanes. Chris