BARTON CTSW pilot Jon Hilton has called off his round-the-world trip.
As you may remember, Jon previously flew to Canada and back in the CT then dented it rather badly in a wind shear prang at his Barton base. After having India Zulu repaired, he flew her back from Berlin then set off to fly around the world to raise money for cancer research. In a series of 500-mile hops, he reckoned it would take two months, but by Day 11 his repaired machine was struggling with the heat in the Middle East.
“She has a few problems which may deteriorate into big problems. I’ve had to make a judgement call. We’re struggling with the revised Saudi permits, which should come through but may take days, and she won’t survive in the heat,” he said. “My Indian visa runs out tomorrow, and it’s only going to get hotter, so I’ve decided to turn round and head home. I’ll personally refund any charity donations people have made. I’m very, very sorry, but I’ll try again in March 2017.”
Jon’s been blogging about the expedition on Facebook since mid-2009. It’s not over yet, but his story so far is well worth a read.
HEAVENS, we’ve got everything this month, from steam trains and balmy skies to the frozen north. Scotland in summer, that is. As always, the few, the happy few in your next MF. VIEW THE JUNE ENTRIES.
WELL, not quite, but from later this year, a common-or-garden driving licence is the only medical requirement you’ll need to be fit to fly. The BMAA played a significant part in bringing about the change. Full details here and in your next MF.
EXCEPT that when Gerry Breen says that, he doesn’t mean to the chain store for some frozen prawns; he means taking off from a lake in a flexwing with a leaking float. Then off grass on skis to attempt a landing on a 5000ft-high ice plateau. Watch and wonder at Operation Iceland Breakthrough; filmed in 1984, it won the Silver Screen Award for documentaries in New York and is now on YouTube.
IF it flies like it looks, we want one. AVWeb’s Paul Bertorelli at Aero 2016 in Friedrichshafen on a microlight version of the L-39 Albatross.
SOME clever stuff in the promotional video for the latest Apco Force II wing.
ALEXANDER Zosel, the managing director of e-Volo, recently took the Volocopter on its first manned untethered flight, in a field in southern Germany. “The flight was totally awesome. The machine was absolutely reliable, there were no vibrations, it was tremendous.” We could be wrong, but we think he liked it.
The company says it will now proceed with a full flight-test programme: 15mph flights at low altitude, manoeuvres at 30mph then full speed ahead at 62mph.
PILOTS should steer clear of wind farms? No one told Red Bull pilot Hannes Arch.
FRENCH jetski racer Franky Zapata has claimed a new record for hoverboard endurance with a flight of 1.4 miles. Franky claims his Flyboard Air can fly at up to 90mph and can climb to 10,000ft. He previously invented the Flyboard, which propels the pilot into the air on a jet of water.
THINK your local farm strip in a crosswind is tricky? Watch this, er, interesting approach into Chagual, Peru. Spotted by David Bremner.
STILL dithering about whether to go to AeroExpo on 1-3 July? Tickle your taste buds with last year’s highlights. This year’s air display will be at 1-2pm on the Saturday and Sunday.
IF they’ve got wi-fi in Heaven, the ghost of RNAS Scout pilot Fl Sub Lt “Bunnie” Bremner must be very proud indeed, looking at these glorious photos of his grandson David flying the Scout replica, complete with leather flying helmet and silk scarf.
We’ve said so before, but it’s worth a reminder: the latest on the project is here.
RETIREMENT: a chance to sink into your favourite armchair with a nice cup of Horlicks… Not for Jeanne and Dave Allen. For them, it means rebuilding vintage biplanes and keeping the spirit of barnstorming alive.
WHY taildraggers do that groundlooping thing, spotted by Ted Snook.
YOU know the way microlight pilots say Cessnas are so easy to fly, even a dog could do it? Well, Mark Vette of Sky TV has just proved it. After 10 weeks of training, three UK rescue dogs successfully completed a figure of eight, with a human co-pilot in the right seat and a trainer in the back providing cues.
THE joke of the month, courtesy of Chris Draper and spotted by Norman Burr:
A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a man dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans. Saint Peter says to the cool guy: “Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?” “I’m Chris, retired pilot from Medway,” says the guy. Saint Peter consults his list, then smiles and says to the pilot: “Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom.”
The pilot goes into Heaven with his robe and staff, and then it’s the priest’s turn. He stands erect and booms out: “I am Father Bob, pastor of Saint Mary’s for the last 43 years.” Saint Peter consults his list again, then says to the priest: “Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom.”
“Just a minute,” says the good father. “That man was a pilot and he gets a silken robe and golden staff, and I get only cotton and wood. How can this be?”
“Up here, we go by results,” says Saint Peter. “When you preached, people slept. When he flew, people prayed.”