eNews – February 2015

In Stoke Bruerne, something stirs

EXPERIENCED glider pilot Roger Hurley is the mastermind behind GloW, a stylish hybrid currently being built at his ProAirsport base in Northamptonshire.

“It has a unique combination of electrically powered wheels that can accelerate rapidly to takeoff speed and a jet turbine for climb and cruise,” said the company’s Tracy Martin. “In flight, the engine can be turned on and off at will, meaning the aircraft can not only be flown as a microlight, it can also be flown as a pure sailplane. It is simple to rig, and ready in 15 minutes.”

Roger has promised a groundbreaking price, and first flight is planned for September, so watch out for the flying impressions in MF. In the meantime, click or tap on the image above for a computerized impression of where Roger is going with this project; taste buds tingled, you can read more on the ProAirsport website.

Geoff Hill, Editor

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C42 saga latest

WAITING for a C42 or got one which is grounded by the transition from Red-Air to Red Aviation? Stand by for a full report and some good news in your next MF.

Green light for reduced Southend airspace

THE CAA has approved London Southend Airport’s request for controlled airspace around the airport, although for less airspace than originally requested. The airport’s new airspace will be Class D, allowing access on request to transiting general aviation aircraft. It will feature a control zone around the airport itself from surface up to 3500ft, and a larger control area from 1500ft to 3500ft. The airspace will become operational on 2 April.

You can find more detail and charts here.

CFS hits the ground running

CFS Aero, the new Rotax importer, has got off to a flying start with a comprehensive newsletter which it promises will be the first of many.

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Grandpa, grab your goggles

JAMES Lawrence is more than impressed by the Kitfox.

In the spring a young man’s fancy…

TURNS to thoughts of a new set of wings? Or maybe just a service for the old ones. If you are thinking of refreshing the contents of your hangar, P&M would like to give you a boost. You can find details of their early season sale here.

Splash with dash

BREAK out in a cold sweat every time you fly over water? You need to be at the Sea Survival Conference, a one-day event for pilots wishing to learn more about how to maximize both their and their passengers’ chances of survival should it all go quiet flying over water or inhospitable terrain.

It’s at the Gipsy Hill Hotel in Exeter on 7 March. The course is £55, B&B at the hotel is £59 and if you fly in you get discounted landing fees at Exeter Airport. For more information and to book, go to the organizer’s website.

AeroExpo UK: who’ll be there

AeroExpo UK has released its list of exhibitors for the event at Sywell on 29-31 May. Now in its 10th year, it continues to host the leading names in GA.

If you plan to fly in, click here to book your slot. You will need to pay a landing fee, but you and a passenger get into the event free. If you’re not flying in, click here to save £5 on the gate entry fee. As before, all children under 16 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Out of Africa

WHEN you see the hurdles some folk are determined to overcome just to get in the air, it makes you feel quite humble. George Mel of South Sudan is one of those people, as profiled in this magazine report by the BBC. Ted Snook and Norman Burr almost simultaneously came up with this gem; you can also enjoy a quick glimpse of George testing his homebuild in his backyard by clicking on the image above.

East Fortune favours the brave

OUR chairman David Bremner is not the only lunatic building a First World War biplane: up at East Fortune, a bunch of pensioners have almost finished their Sopwith One-and-a-Half Strutter. They’ve spent 13 years and £40,000 on it, but need another 15 grand to get it finished and flying. Take a look at the video, and if you’d like to pitch in with a helping hand, you can do so here.

Clean bill of health for Doc

THE team restoring a B-29 Superfortress in Wichita says the plane will be ready for flight testing in the spring, and they are planning to fly it this summer at EAA AirVenture, where it will join the B-29 Fifi. “It’s the first time in 60 years that two B-29s have been able to fly in formation together,” TJ Norman, the restoration’s project manager, said. The plane, known as Doc, is the last known B-29 capable of being restored to flight. “There will never be another one of these done,” Norman said.

The project has been under way in Wichita since May 2000.

Charlie Victor Romeo on iTunes

THE film Charlie Victor Romeo, with all of its dialogue taken from the CVR transcripts of real aviation accidents, is now available to view or buy from iTunes. AO Scott, the New York Times film critic, called it “one of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen”: you can read his review here, where there’s also a sample clip to view. The film was originally a play, back in 1999.

Holy chute, that was close

TWO skydivers in Thailand almost getting wiped out – by the aircraft they’ve just jumped from. Once he’d gathered himself the instructor quickly popped his home movie onto Youtube, of course, as you can see above; the Daily Mail also has the story. Thanks to James McErlain for this one.

Do not try this in a Thruster

AIRLINERS landing in thick fog at Gatwick, spotted by Peter Kelsey.

The way we war

SOME remarkably high-quality photos of Second World War US aircraft, spotted by our man Ted Snook. You might need to brew up and break out the HobNobs for this one: there are 74 pages of reader contributions on this enthusiasts website.

Klingons on the port bow, cap’n

WHEN passengers boarded this plane bound for San Francisco, they couldn’t have guessed what they would encounter near the end of the flight: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and its mother ship, the White Knight II. Spotted by reader Joe McCollum.

And a last laugh…

BOB Morrow recalls a nice bit of rhyming radiotelephony:

“Years ago, I was a 727 first officer and was flying with Captain Chester Hector. We were going to cross an intersection called Hector, and I couldn’t resist. I got on the radio and said: ‘This is United 123. Captain Chester Hector requests a vector to Hector.’ “Of course, the controller came right back and said: ‘Roger dodger. Chester Hector is cleared direct to Hector.’ ”

Reminds us of the famous cricket scorecard entry from 1979, “Lillee caught Willey bowled Dilley”.