eNews – October 2017

Listen up, down and all around

LISTENING squawks, which those of you who have been paying attention will know help us steer clear of controlled airspace, have been updated. The CAA has introduced a number of new codes and changed some existing ones, all available on this downloadable chart. It normally costs bugger all, but for eMF readers we have negotiated a special rate of bugger all squared. We know, we spoil you, but you’re so worth it.

Geoff Hill, Editor

Photo CompetitionPhoto Competition
GEOGRAPHICAL variety is yet again the spice of life in this month’s competition, with flights ranging from the Scottish Highlands to the French Atlantic coast. As always, the chosen few in your next MF. VIEW THE NOVEMBER ENTRIES.
Gate swings open

BLACKPOOL Town Council has bought Squires Gate airport for £4.25M from developers Balfour Beatty, intending to keep it open for aviation use, hurrah. Here’s some more info about the sale.

Sign up for a right royal bash

THE BMAA is sponsoring the RAeS’s Light Aircraft Design Conference again. The event has gone all futuristic this year, with electric powertrain and electronic conspicuity themes. It’s on 20 November at the RAeS headquarters off Piccadilly, and BMAA members qualify for a reduced registration fee of £72. The full event programme is available here, or if you’d rather just pile straight in and sign up now, go here. If you’re not already registered with the site you’ll need to do so first, as either member or non-member.

Safe havens

NO better way to spend a dark winter evening than at a GASCo safety briefing. Here’s the list.

Now that didn’t happen in training…

STILL on the subject of safety, newly appointed BMAA Safety Officer John Teesdale has some good advice. “We have seen a number of accidents resulting from a stall after takeoff or during go-around in recent months”, he explains. “This excellent video shows how stalls in real situations differ from the synthetic simulations you did in training and offers some advice on how to avoid being caught out.”

Marketing guru wanted

THE BMAA is looking for a marketing coordinator to develop, oversee and participate in campaigns to promote the full array of BMAA-supported activities, increase participation, expand BMAA membership and enhance the experience of BMAA membership. If it could be you, click here.

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Look, Ted, it’s a little aeroplane! Or maybe it’s just far away…

A FABULOUS scenic tour of Ireland by Gavin and Pat Curtis in a C42, taking in epic sights such as the Cliffs of Moher and, of course, Father Ted’s house.

Just chillin’

A LOVELY evening flight up the River Bann in a Kernan Aviation C42 with Jack McCluskey and Ruth Devlin.

First-time fun

“JESS Edge, my wife’s cousin, had never been in a microlight and was a bit nervous before the flight, but as you can see she loved it,” said Chris Roberts, who treated her to this flight from Barton. “The Ikarus T-shirt is made by a good friend of mine, John Maxwell, at AV Addict.”

Chippie on our six, skipper

A DOGFIGHT with a Chipmunk, a spot of wing walking and a missing yoga teacher – Robin Horne’s whizz in the EuroFox around Salisbury Plain had it all.

Air to the throne

THE Voliris has just set a record as the world’s smallest airship, but since it’s negatively buoyant and requires aerodynamic lift to fly, maybe it should be classed as a microlight, says reader Tony Prentice, who spotted this clip of it in flight. “It’s certainly a fair-weather machine, whatever class it fits best,” he said.

Short final for the parking lot

PILOT Manfred Forst, 79, was lucky to walk away from this collision with a tree in a rented Cessna 172 from Robertson Airport in Connecticut. How the tree felt about it is not recorded, but you have to applaud Forst for his parking skills. A fuel leak apparently led to a loss of engine power in the 1981 machine.

Pass the sick bag, skipper

FANCY upgrading your licence to something like the RAF Typhoon? BBC Defence Correspondent Jonathan Beale was doing fine until the pilot piled on some G. As in gee, I think I’m going to lose my lunch.

Up, up and Uber

DUBAI took another step toward providing an autonomous flying taxi service when an unmanned Volocopter flew a demo flight above the city. Don’t download the app just yet, though: Dubai officials say it could take years to establish the standards and specifications that must be met to operate the air taxis safely.

And while we’re on the subject, the Swiss-built two-seat autonomous PassengerDrone has now carried passengers on board for several flights. The company plans to build five more prototypes for a test programme and start commercial production next year, with prices £150,000 or less.

White lightning

STEVE Hinton on setting a new world speed record for piston-engined aircraft of 551.53mph in his all-white P51 Mustang, Voodoo. And you thought your Dynamic was fast…

Biggles would be pleased

SECOND World War ace James “Ginger” Lacey has been honoured with a blue plaque.

Nothing new under the sun

THINK microlighting began in the early ’80s? Think again, says reader Tony Prentice: Alberto Santos-Dumont was at it a century ago in his Demoiselle, which probably only needed a 912 to get it into Section S.

Prepare for lift-off

BOEING has launched this $2M competition to create a personal flying device that can be safely used by anyone, anywhere. Since it’s for a machine that can take off almost vertically, MF Editor Geoff Hill was last seen down at the airfield practising full-flap takeoffs in the Foxbat. Here’s the BBC’s take on it.

Groundhog day

Cessna: Uh, Tower, caution: some sort of otter or marmot just went right in front of my plane.
Tower: It was a groundhog. That is our airport groundhog.
Cessna: OK, regardless of type, he just crossed Alpha without clearance. Tell him to check his frequency.
Tower: We’ll have a talk with him. Cleared for takeoff 23.

From US pilot George Mendenhall