eNews – December 2017

8.33kHz 1: CAA postpones deadline

WITH aircraft maintenance organisations and avionics fitters overwhelmed by demand to fit 8.33kHz radios before the 31 December deadline, the CAA has agreed that until the end of 2018, 25kHz radios may continue to be used when communicating exclusively with 25kHz ground stations. The CAA’s Bob Liddiard said: “However, if their flight means that they communicate to any ground service that has transitioned to an 8.33kHz channel, then they must also be using an 8.33kHz-capable radio.”

The exemption includes so-called sporting frequencies used by microlights, gliders, balloons etc, where they mostly communicate air-to-air, he said. Full details of the exemptions can be found here.

8.33kHz 2: Icom launches scrappage scheme

ICOM is offering up to £75 scrappage cash on old radios for customers buying 8.33kHz models. “It doesn’t have to be an Icom and doesn’t have to work,” said the company – and if you are turning in an older IC-A6E or IC-A24E, you can keep the battery. The offer is available for radios bought up to 31 December.

Geoff Hill, Editor

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Glowfly reborn

GLOWFLY, the slick hybrid SSDR motorglider admired by many at Flyer Live a couple of years ago, has been reborn as a crowdfunding project. More details in your next MF, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder of what a little beauty it is.

It’s an unfair cop, guv

A CAMBRIDGESHIRE woman whose rare caravan was stolen tracked it down with the help of a microlight after police failed to find it.

Fee FAI fo fum

The FAI has launched a new website, with a dedicated microlights and paramotors section.

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Open and shut case

READ David Bremner’s great flight test of the bargain Eurofly Minifox in your next MF, but as a taster, here’s the maiden flight, and a demo of how easy the wings are to fold.

Bumps a daisy

HOW windy is too windy, asks Durham Aerosports CFI and former MF reporter Lawrence Bell after watching this video of a student pilot flying a Jabiru J230 with his instructor in rough conditions.

ITV covers Build a Plane flight

ITV News ran this great piece on the Wolverhampton Build a Plane project. “The weather was perfect for the first public flight at Halfpenny Green today. We all had a superb time. Thanks to all who made it happen,” said pilot Graham Wiley.

Low and lovely

A MAGICAL flight around Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains by Northern Ireland pilot Allan Lindsay – and all while playing the banjo. Astonishing skill.


KERNAN Valley pilots Ruth Devlin and Jack McCluskey in Northern Ireland have splashed out on SkyRanger Whiskey Mike. Naturally, Ruth immediately christened her Wilma and bought a pair of pink furry dice for the cockpit to wind Jack up. To celebrate, they took Wilma to Newtownards for lunch and Derryogue airfield south of the Mournes for afternoon tea.

Bored with shark wrestling?

THEN try jumping from a mountain into a plane, as French thrillseekers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet have just done. Alternatively, it’s a good ploy if you’ve missed your flight.

Pick of the crop

THINK you can fly? Think your runway is a bit tricky? Think again, after watching this New Zealand crop duster pilot in action.

Belly dancing for beginners

NICE job by the pilot of this eight-tenths scale Spitfire Mk 26 belly-landing safely after his wheels failed to come down.

Pen pals

STÉPHANE Boulenger and his mates – loads of them – decided to paraglide to the top of Mont Blanc and land there, as you do. The mountain, that is, not the fountain pen. How they got back down is not recorded. Bus, presumably.

Wacky Waco

WHAT could possibly be more fun than a classic biplane? A classic biplane on floats, as AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli discovered.

Art with heart

AH yes, 65. Time to retire and put your feet up. On the rudder pedals, that is: retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Art Nalls bought a Sea Harrier, shipped it home in 5000 pieces, rebuilt it and now displays it. This new series tells his amazing story.

Richard does the ironing

BRITISH inventor Richard Browning has set the first world speed record for “flying a body-controlled jet engine power suit”. Not too many of those about.

I dipped the lights… and the tyres went down

FED up waiting for all the flying cars that have been promised for years? These American skydivers have finally cracked it. Sadly, their Trumpmobile only seems to go in one direction.