July 2018

In this month’s edition:

  • Dave Grint achieves the LAA Wings Bronze award
  • A video compilation from a gliding event that Strut member Paul Marriott (G-BXGL) was involved in
  • Old Sarum Fly-in: Planned for the Autumn
  • Don is both Old and Bold – Don Lord given award at Royal Aero Club
  • Down on the Farm #5 – Tony Palmer
  • Chilsfold Farm Fly-in 23 June 2018 – Photos
  • Flying on the Web – interesting aviation links
  • Small Ads

Dave Grint achieves the LAA Wings Bronze award

Two elderly men, the one on the right handing a certificate to the one on the left.

Dave (left) being presented with his certificate and badge by Strut Chair Tony Palmer

Despite not being new to this flying game, Dave decided that he still needed a challenge to keep up the enthusiasm so he took on the LAA Wings Bronze Award.

A video compilation from a gliding event that Strut member Paul Marriott (G-BXGL) was involved in:

Old Sarum Fly-in Planned for the Autumn

A letter received from the organisers:

Dear Mr Palmer,

I am writing on behalf of the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury which is planning to host an aircraft fly-in on either Sunday 26th August or 23rd September. I see from your events calendar that this date is potentially free.

The purpose of this email is to ask whether this event would be of interest to your membership. Below is a link to our website from which you will see details about he Collection;


In support of the fly-in, on-site there will be catering from the airfield restaurant and Dark Revolution Brewery will be providing their usual Saturday late afternoon event with Slinky Fox Pizza. There will also possibly be the attendance of Historic Aero Engines who might – availability yet TBC – will be running their RR Merlin and Bristol Hercules engines.

Within the Collection there will be a number of inside and outside exhibitors and possibly aviation-themed trade stands in addition to that. Entry to the Collection will be free however a charitable donation would be appreciated. We are working with the airfield in the aim that no landing fees will be applied to make this event a great success not just for families who would come along to the Collection but to visiting flyers who wish to partake on the day as well.

I look forward to receiving your reply.

Kind regards

Tim Cornish

Don is both Old and Bold – and he has the Certificate to Prove it!

©Martin Gammon, Here and Now Photography, 2018

At the Royal Aero Club, Piccadilly on May 17th founding Strut member Don Lord was presented with the Cowburn – Kay Old & Bold Trophy,

Established in 1997 and awarded annually to a person aged 65 or over who flies or who has only ceased flying in the previous year, and who has been conspicuously involved in aviation and sport aviation in particular, for their work, initiative, devotion or in other ways.

It came with a certificate, below:

Don followed Major Tim Peake on to the podium to shake Prince Andrew’s hand and from looking at the list of previous winners he is also in excellent company there too.  Don, you are an inspiration!

Down on the Farm #5

This month June 2018:-

Bristell NG5 G-NGAA progress report

Farry came back and did some more wiring. I have fitted the aileron and elevator servos and now I am installing the flaps, elevator and ailerons. The seat belts are in and I have sealed the gap between the canopy glass and the frame. The Kasper propeller and its operator are installed and bled.

Klemm L25C G-ACXE

We have got hold of a crankshaft drive gear to replace the one with the cracks on the teeth faces, I am at the moment attempting to remove it from the crankshaft it came with. The painting /covering has started. We are coating the wood surfaces with polyester resin and then taping over the plywood joints with 2” wide pinked edge tapes.

De Havilland 82C Tiger Moth 5084

The Tiger made its first flight on the 19th June 2018 at 14.15. See video.

Palmers Farm annual fly-in is on Saturday the 4th of August and starts at about 11.00 until about 4.00. Food provided, drive or fly in.

Chilsfold Farm Fly-in 23 June 2018

For a slightly bigger image, click on the picture.

Photos by Richard Griffiths and Richard Hasler.  If you’d like a high-def copy of the picture of your aircraft, drop me an email.

Flying on the Web

Some interesting and useful links found on the Web.  If you come across something that you think may be relevant to strut members, please let me have a link.

Norway makes a small start on all electric aviation policy

Probably helps that they have plenty of hydroelectric generating capacity.  https://phys.org/news/2018-06-peek-future-electric-plane-cruises.amp


Thought Provoking Piece on Collision Avoidance

From the US publication Air Facts Journal: Surviving the merge: how to avoid a mid-air collision, by Tom Curran.  https://airfactsjournal.com/2018/06/surviving-the-merge-how-to-avoid-a-mid-air-collision/

Being sent to Coventry?  Well you can land there for free

Zero landing fees on the first visit between Friday to Sunday throughout July & August 2018.  You have to apply through the Airport Website. http://www.coventryairport.co.uk/GApromo

Small Ads

We have vacated a barn/workshop very close to Deanland. It is available now, electricity but no water. 60 x 30 feet approx £200 per month. Ring Tony on 07790669163 if anyone is interested.

Upcoming Events

For the latest list of events, go to the Events page on the Strut website