Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer TLAC bounces back

Pilot - - NOTES -

The Light Air­craft Com­pany, one of the UK’S hand­ful of re­main­ing air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers, tells Pi­lot that it en­joyed a good year in 2016, de­spite the set­back of los­ing its newly-ap­proved Sher­wood Ranger and Scout demon­stra­tion air­craft af­ter the Popham Mi­cro­light Trade Fair in a se­ri­ous road ac­ci­dent. As re­ported in TLAC’S most re­cent news­let­ter, ‘en route back to Nor­folk on the M3, de­spite our best ef­forts, both ve­hi­cles along with trail­ers and our newly ap­proved [air­craft] were wiped out by a 7.5 tonne heavy goods ve­hi­cle, which hit us whilst sta­tion­ary from be­hind. With in­cred­i­ble luck no­body was se­ri­ously in­jured.’

Happy, TLAC will re­turn­ing in force for the 2017 event, to be held on 30 April/ 1 May. ‘Popham… will be our prime show… We will be ex­hibit­ing the Sher­wood Ranger, Scout and Kub, in its new guise, plus Ora­tex, our range of air­craft care prod­ucts and LED Strobes.’

The com­pany prom­ises to have a pres­ence at the LAA show at Sy­well in Septem­ber, ‘but the real shift will come in the form of one or two fly-ins at Lit­tle Snor­ing and in­vi­ta­tional prod­uct launches, also at Lit­tle Snor­ing. This way cus­tomers old and new can fly in, they can test fly any of our types and en­joy a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment.’

The point is made about the Sher­wood Ranger when TLAC says ‘for the price of a Gipsy Ma­jor en­gine re­build you could be of­fer­ing the grow­ing num­ber of gen­eral pub­lic that in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of pow­ered flight in a clas­sic, time­less bi­plane.’ Pi­lot has been plan­ning to test the sin­gle-seat dereg­u­lated (SSDR) Kub for some time. The air­craft was up-en­gined with a Hirth 50hp L23 twin in 2016, which ‘has trans­formed the air­craft be­yond be­lief’. TLAC claims take­off rolls ap­proach­ing a few paces, a climb rate of 900 feet per minute and STOL per­for­mance ‘that Valdez com­peti­tors would be proud of’. We look for­ward to try­ing the air­craft for our­selves!

Said to have a US Valdez STOL com­pe­ti­tion level of per­for­mance, the SSDR TLAC Kub leaps into the air

TLAC’S Sher­wood Ranger rep­re­sents a com­plete ‘clas­sic’ bi­plane for the price of a Tiger Moth en­gine over­haul

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