British manufacturer TLAC bounces back
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