eNews – August 2017

BMAA launches cable saga survey

THE BMAA is conducting a survey for owners of Pegasus, Mainair or P&M Aviation aircraft affected by the recent frayed cable saga.

As we reported in MF, in May P&M Aviation issued a service bulletin following the partial failure of a GT450 side cable, that is, a flying wire. The bulletin, which was then backed by a CAA emergency mandatory permit directive, called for the replacement of rigging cables with roll-swaged end terminals on all P&M aircraft over seven years old or with more than 750h on the clock. The full list is the Flash range, Scorcher, Mainair Mercury, the Mainair Blade range, Quik GT450, QuikR, Quik GTR and PulsR.

“The BMAA has been made aware of problems experienced by owners who have received parts which are sub-standard, incorrect for their aircraft or without adequate documentation,” said chief inspector Rob Mott. “We are conducting a survey to identify the extent and range of these issues to assist with the rectification process. “Please respond to it as fully as possible and no later than 14 August. We apologise for the short time period.” You can find the survey here.

Geoff Hill, Editor

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AGM now in December

THE 2017 BMAA AGM will be held on 16 December in Deddington, Oxfordshire, rather than at next year’s Popham as planned. Full details in your next MF.

Because the plans for an AGM have changed, there will be an election process for council membership as usual, so nominations are sought from BMAA members wishing to stand as directors of the BMAA, starting from the 2017 AGM. The process for nomination is described in the BMAA council membership nomination form, downloadable here or available on request from the BMAA office. Nominations must be returned, fully completed, no later than 1600 hours on 15 September.

If there are more nominations than places available on the council, an election will be held. Nominees’ details will be published on the BMAA website from 16 September. Your manifesto and image, along with supporting messages written by your proposer and seconder, should be emailed to Geoff Weighell at geoff@bmaa.org.

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INTERESTED in electric aircraft? You need to be in Switzerland on 9-10 September, when the regional airport at Grenchen hosts the first fly-in for electric-powered machines.

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