eNews – September 2015

I counted them all out…

SOMERSET Microlights’ Jim Greenshields and his merry band at Dunkeswell have set a new world record for the most aircraft to take off from an airfield in an hour.

As you’ll remember from a previous MF, the record stood at 89, and after smashing that with 98 take-offs in 16 minutes, Jim rounded up a few more pilots to make it 106 in the hour – and in the process to raise a packet for the Make a Wish Foundation. Even better, the 90th aircraft which broke the record was a flexwing microlight. Full report in your next MF, but in the meantime, here’s a video of the event by Steve Thomas.

Geoff Hill, Editor

Photo CompetitionPhoto Competition
A WHOPPING 22 entries this month, with subjects ranging from a paramotor to a Vulcan and countries as far apart as France, Norway and Poland. Impressive. As always, the chosen few in your next MF. VIEW THE OCTOBER ENTRIES.
Save your airfield!

IN other words, sign this petition or you may turn up at the airfield one morning to find no airfield.

Why? Because the Chancellor’s budget statement proposed allowing automatic planning permission to be granted for housing developments on designated brownfield sites – which could include airfields. It could be the worst news facing light aviation for some time, so the petition demands the exclusion of airfields from development.

Sherwood Scout cleared for take-off

THE Light Aircraft Company has been given type approval for factory-built Sherwood Scouts. Type approval for the Sherwood Ranger is also expected imminently, making it the first series production biplane to be built in the UK since 1945. Full story in your next MF.

Calling all aviatrixes

THE British Women Pilots’ Association wants to award £500 to a female microlight pilot to help her flying. The award can be used to help pay for training towards getting a licence or adding an instructor rating. Apply here.

Payback time

IT’S time to say thank you to the people around you who help you enjoy your flying. Maybe they work tirelessly to keep your airfield clean, or they are always available with a piece of friendly advice when you need it, or they have quietly spent many long years volunteering their time for others. The BMAA recognizes these microlighting heroes and heroines with awards, and it’s nomination time. Winners receive our thanks, plus a trophy and a certificate to put on their wall. Register your vote on the BMAA website.

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Young pilots: their future is in your hands

THE Microlight Flying Foundation is a charity that encourages people to fulfil their potential by participation in microlighting, with a particular emphasis on youth. One of the ways it does this is by funding flying bursaries to help make microlighting more affordable.

Now there’s a simple way you can help while flying: pledge to donate a small amount of money for each hour you fly for the next year. In September 2016, you simply total up the number of hours you flew and send a cheque to the MFF. As well as requiring minimal effort on your part, you now have a cast-iron excuse to go flying – it’s for charity. CFS Aero has kindly agreed to sponsor prizes: three vouchers for the familiarization course on the Rotax iRMT, worth £99 each.

To get involved, simply email the MFF’s Stuart Buchanan at stuart13@gmail.com with “MFF Pledge” in the subject line, along with the amount you are willing to pledge for each hour you fly between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016. You will receive a simple form to fill out, then all you have to do is go flying, content in the knowledge that you are doing it for a good cause.

In September 2016 you will be asked to send a cheque to cover your pledge. The results of the fundraising and prizes will be announced at Flyer Live (the new name for the Flying Show) in November 2016.

Microlights up Down Under

ONE club in New Zealand is sporting record growth thanks to microlights and LSAs. Thanks to Rob Hughes for spotting this.

Sassenachs at six’o’clock, Hamish

JIM Crosby having fun around the Scottish coast, accompanied by the ghost of RJ Mitchell. He’s the one you can’t see in the back seat.

Class act

KNOW a school that might fancy building a microlight under the New Horizons project? Tell the BMAA and it might be able to make an aircraft kit available, as it did with the inaugural New Horizons SkyRanger, as this video explains.

Hitting the high notes

MOST students express their gratitude to their instructor with a big handshake and a bottle of wine. Not David Ramsden, aka Owly Dave. He wrote a song about Pete Cummings.

“Pete was my instructor at Eaglescott in Devon. I think I was the last student he trained and GST’d before he died in 2008. Owly Dave is my songwriting name because I am a co-founder of the Barn Owl Trust,” said David.

The moor the merrier

A PLEASANT potter around Dovedale by Thermic Phil Strangward, calling in at Darley Moor, Calton Moor and Palmer Moor on the way.

Bremner’s baby takes wings

THE Bristol Scout built by our chairman David Bremner, brother Rick and Theo Willford as a replica of the one flown by Fl Sub Lt Bunnie Bremner during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, is now well into flight testing. You can see Dodge Bailey, chief test pilot of the Shuttleworth Collection, at the controls here.

Eine kleine flugelmusik

NEVER flown out of Knuffingen in Hamburg? Not surprised: you need to be about 5cm tall! Watch and marvel at the world’s largest miniature airport, spotted by Phil Cater. “As someone who used to think it was very realistic to paint his bedroom ceiling blue and hang Airfix models from it as a kid, I was quite gobsmacked to stumble across this,” said Phil.

Little boy, big dreams

FIVE-year-old Hudson Hughes was just like every kid in the world who’s stood at the airport fence and waved at the pilots. Except this time the pilot waved back. Click here to see what happened next…

To do is to bee

BMAA PR guru Steve Cooke sent this to MF claiming it was CEO Geoff Weighell having fun in his local park. As we pointed out, Geoff would never wear black socks with shorts, and in an exclusive statement to MF, he said: “I would never wear shorts full stop! I like the nav lights and all-weather umbrella, though.”

The funny thing is, Steve hasn’t been seen since…

Harness secure?

IT would need to be, if this NASA crash test using a retired Cessna 172 is anything to go by. Pilot Bill Corbett, who donated the 1974 aircraft to science after flying it for years as a fish spotter, was on hand to watch.

Arrow arrow, what’s all this, then?

Ever been driving through the wilds of America, chanced upon a large concrete arrow and wondered: “What’s that all about, then?” Wonder no more…

Prison drop

A YUNEEC drone has been foiled when trying to drop drugs and porn into a Maryland prison. “Good to know that that the products of this Chinese company with British roots, better known for electric microlights, are now finding a market!” quipped MF’s Norman Burr, who spotted the item on BBC World News.