G-ATIS is my favourite Piper Cherokee, and is usually parked on row 13 at Shoreham. Built in Vero Beach in 1963 she is number 28-2713. The British Flight manual was prepared by Beagle Miles Aircraft at Shoreham and is inscribed “N.F Duke esq”, who was the first owner. It has the high compression 160hp Lycoming engine and hence the “go faster” streamlined cowling. The wings are however the square Herschey bar wings with a stall which sure grabs your attention.
G-ATIS was bought in a dilapidated condition by my former flying partner Malcolm, who had the engine zero timed. He also had the dash updated to include a Garmin GNS 530 and full IFR fit, including (by accident) 2 ILS sets. We later updated the undercarriage and fitted a mode S. transponder. I have IMC and night ratings so can (only just) use my ratings if pushed, but all the dials sure impres the ladies.
I bought a half share in 2007 and then bought Malcolm out 2 years ago when I moved to Worthing.
For most of the time maintenance was overseen by John Eagles, but G-ATIS is now looked after by Dave Hockings at Deanland. While I am busy running my business it makes sense to have it looked after professionally.
My greatest pleasure is touring and I enjoy trips to Europe. Here are 2 memorable photos.