eNews – November 2017

BMAA Forum alive and kicking

IT crashed, went missing and was presumed dead, but the much-missed BMAA Forum is back and updated to a new platform. It’s still at forums.bmaa.org, so take a look.

“There are many items to fix, including user levels such as inspectors, instructors and BMAA members, but we can work that out as we go along,” said BMAA Chairman Rob Hughes, the cyberspace genius behind the resurrection. “Your original user login should still work. If your username is not your real name, you must change it by contacting the admin using the ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of the page. Users with non-real usernames will be deleted in December.”

Geoff Hill, Editor

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SOME glorious examples of climatic diversity this month, from the golden light of an autumn evening and wistful mist to towering clouds. And caravans, of course. As always, the chosen few in your next MF. VIEW THE DECEMBER ENTRIES.
Flight test special

DOUBLE delights await flexwing flyers in your next MF, as Steve Uzochukwu flight tests the new Flylight Peabee sub-70kg trike (pictured above) and the Ace Aviation Magic Laser, available new or as a good value secondhand secret. To whet your appetite while you’re waiting for the mag, here’s a short video by Ben Ashman of an early run-out for the Peabee.

Paging Mr Mitchell to the Spitfire office

FANCY yourself as an aircraft designer? The RAeS has announced a GA design competition, aimed at renewing innovation in the the UK’s aircraft industry, using the recent E-conditions deregulation to make it quicker and cheaper to develop new ideas. “And of course it’s much easier to prove novel ideas in smaller GA aircraft,” said Tony Bishop of the RAeS GA Committee and formerly the founder of e-Go, builder of the slick eponymous SSDR design which came out of a previous competition. “We’d like to invite your readers to get inventive! It includes both complete aircraft and aircraft systems, and we’re encouraging people with limited experience.”

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Pip pip and away!

PROFESSIONAL aerobatic pilot Stefan Trischuk gives the Pipistrel Virus SW a workout in Canada.

Sorry, chaps, it’s all over

MF has sacked its team of flight testers and is in negotiation with Gyrocopter Girl after this flight test of the slick Swedish Blackwing 600R. At 472.5kg and with retractable landing gear and a cruise speed of 173mph, it is a microlight, but we’re unlikely to see it – or Gyro Girl – on these shores. Mainly because she’d freeze to death dressed like that, for crying out loud.

Completely loopy

THINK you can’t loop a Thruster? John Boyce did in Australia, when he was asked by then UK importer Gordon Pill to test the new nosewheel version. Oz didn’t have rules about aerobatics in microlights, and John made the most of it, as you’ll see 5.00 in. As always, don’t try this at home. We know where you live.

The day Greenshields put his stamp on microlighting

IN case you haven’t seen it before, here’s Jim Greenshields’ attempt to land his flexwing on top of a moving lorry. As you do.

Do your checks or pay the price

“THE glider preflight check mnemonic is CBSIFTCB, where the final ‘B’ stands for brakes (airbrakes closed and locked),” said microlight and glider pilot Alan Morton, who sent this in.

“The airbrake lever has a blue handle and is seen to open as the Puchacz glider reaches a path crossing the runway at Husbands Bosworth airfield,” said Alan. “The tug pilot radioed the glider pilot to inform him of the situation, but the glider radio was switched off, and when the Chipmunk / Puchacz combination was obviously not going to clear the trees the tug pilot had no option but to pull the tow cable release. The glider pilot was lucky that the glider hit a berm that stopped it falling into a deep quarry, but the glider is probably a write-off and the pilot suffered back injuries in the crash.”

Bumps a daisy

STORMY weather over Europe produced a couple of, er, interesting arrivals for an Airbus A380 at Frankfurt and a 747 at Schiphol. If nothing else, they’ll make you feel better if you got a little chirrup from your tyres on your last landing and hoped no one was listening.

The plane in Spain

ALWAYS wanted to fly a Heinkel 111? Of course you have. This one was Franco’s personal aircraft after the war.

All together now…

THIS week’s handy hint on going around, spotted by Drew McAvoy.

Then we took Berlin

TWO pilots for Air Berlin have been suspended after buzzing Dusseldorf Airport to mark their last landing before the airline went bust. None of the 200 passengers on the flight from Miami complained.

Lufthansa will buy 81 Air Berlin aircraft and 3000 of its staff. Possibly minus two.

Three chairs for Tom. Hip hip…

BRITISH adventurer Tom Morgan has flown 15.5 miles across South Africa at 8000ft in a camping chair suspended from 100 helium balloons.

Mr Unstoppable

IF Amol Yadav thought building an aeroplane on the roof of his Mumbai apartment block was difficult, he still had Indian red tape to face.

You wait for one bus…

PILOT Todd Rudberg thought he was having a bad day when he hit an elk landing at an airstrip in Oregon. Then he hit another. Spotted by Steve Uzochukwu.

Gentlemen, start your Bentleys

IT took 18 months to build this quarter-scale Bentley B.R.2 rotary, but what a beauty. The 230hp original powered the Sopwith Snipe towards the end of the First World War and into the 1920s. Spotted by David Bremner.

Well, you asked…

AS I approached Sarasota Airport on the downwind leg, a Cessna 172 ahead of me asked the tower for clearance to land.
Tower: “State your intentions.”
Pilot: “I plan to have dinner with my brother-in-law this evening.”
Tower: “Roger, cleared to land.”

From Tom Wilson