We bought a Robin HR200/100 Light Aircraft in 2003. G-BGXR had been previously owned at Popham Airfield near the South coast by a syndicate. Being kept by a syndicate meant that many things needed attention, which my father was more than happy to do since he retired, there is more than enough to keep him busy!
Initially he went to view and fly the aircraft a couple of times, until eventually he had more or less decided that the HR200 was for him. At that time I didn't have my PPL. We took along Martin from Airspeed Aviation (Derby Airport) who gave the aircraft a thorough examination by taking inspection panels off and checking the engine etc. This is a must because its far more critical than a car. He gave it the thumbs up, and arranged to fly down to popham and fly it back with him.
Initially we kept the plane at Derby Airfield, which has a 530m grass runway, which is marginal for this aircraft, so since I am a new pilot, we have moved down the road to Tatenhil Aviation, since it has a hard runway, much like the ones I'm used to from America.