March 2020

In this month’s edition:

  • Farnborough New Airspace Implemented 27th February
  • Visit from Border Force
  • Jetman Now Does VTOL!
  • Down on the farm – Tony Palmer
  • Brighton City Airport Leap Year Fly In Feb 29th
  • RIP Mad Mike Hughes

Farnborough New Airspace Implemented 27th February

Map of the new Farnbrough airscace.The Airspace Safety Initiative (a joint CAA, NATS, AOA, GA and MoD initiative) has published guidance to the new Farnborough airspace coming into effect on 27th February 2020.

Guide to the Farnborough airspace download as a pdf:

And as a ‘quick reminder card’:

Also guidance around the Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5 airspace infringement ‘hot spot’ here:

Visit from Border Force

At the Strut meeting on 5th February 2020, we had a talk from the Border Force GA unit’s Steve Windsor, Andrew Lane and Phil Skidmore.

Jetman Now Does VTOL!

Down on the farm 22 This month 2.20

Klemm L25C G-ACXE,

The inlet duct has been finished up to the paint stage, see pic below.

Engine inlet duct painted in orange primer.

The next major unit to do was the exhaust system. We got the two half round headers pre-fabricated by a guy over our way about eight months ago and we also had 15 off 60⁰ pulled bends with tails made at Pipecraft.

Klemm engine right hand side view.

Being a seven cylinder radial, three cylinders discharge into each ring header and one of the bottom cylinders is ducted into the left header. This means that the headers would have asymmetrical internal pressures, so looking at the second photo you will see that the exhaust is coupled to the inlet casting, the other side is the same.

Left side view of a Klemm engine dismounted from the aircraft.

This will allow the pressures in both headers to equalize and there will be flow from left to right of approximately half of one cylinders output.  The waste heat from this half flow will be absorbed into the casting and into heating the inlet charge. This was necessary in the late 1920’s as the fuel was very poor and did not vaporise as it does with modern fuels.

Tony Palmer

Brighton City Airport (Shoreham really…) Leap Year Fly In Feb 29th

Shoreham are having a fly-in at the end of the month.  Hopefully it is a success and encourages them to try some more later in the year.  First 29 to book £10 + VAT thereafter £15 + VAT. Aircraft over 70 years old free. Contact Organiser Bruce Greenall ( SATCO) T: 01273 467377  E:

RIP Mad Mike Hughes

Back in December 2017 the Newsletter has a piece about someone in the US building a steam powered rocket: Why build a Plane when you can build a Rocket!  Sad to say, it didn’t end well.  Mike Hughes died on the 22nd February 2020, when the parachute recovery system on his steam powered rocket failed.  This CBS News item has video of the crash.


March strut meeting 4th March 2020: We will have Will Greenwood giving a talk on flying the YAK3 and the technical side of dealing with the LAA and will include stills and a video so please come along and support your strut.

Regular meetings are in the Lounge Bar, The Swiss Cottage, Shoreham, 7:30pm.

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

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