Twenty years ago

Pilot - - PILOT -

We are now in the full colour era, with a new name flight-test­ing the Max

Hol­ste Brous­sard: Peter Un­der­hill — a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure who had done ster­ling work in rais­ing the game of the Pop­u­lar Fly­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (now LAA). ‘Not be­ing an opin­ion­ated per­son’, James Gil­bert had left Dar­rol St­in­ton to write the lead­ing op-ed piece in this is­sue: a very po­litely worded at­tack on the way the CAA had hi­jacked the His­toric Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion’s dis­play pilot eval­u­a­tion sys­tem and rules, im­posed new reg­u­la­tion fol­low­ing the P-38 Light­ning crash at

Dux­ford and were now con­sid­er­ing charg­ing for work freely un­der­taken by the HAA. Plus ça change… you might think. Ten years on from that ‘worst ever’ year, US GA air­craft sales were up 16.5 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year. In the first half of ’97 Cessna had de­liv­ered 194 air­craft, 93 of which were pis­ton­s­in­gles, fol­lowed by Raytheon (145 fomer BAE biz­jets and Beech air­craft) and New Piper (104). Two decades ahead of the Euro­pean game, the FAA ap­proved sin­gle-en­gined com­mer­cial

IFR op­er­a­tions and the Smiths, fa­ther Mike and son ‘Q’, set dif­fer­ent around the world he­li­copter records. Q ac­com­pa­nied Jen­nifer Mur­ray on the first round-the-world he­li­copter

flight by a woman pilot, and the first in a pis­ton-en­gined he­li­copter. Mike Smith set the speed record for a sin­gle-en­gined tur­bine he­li­copter. Else­where flexwing mi­cro­lights were be­com­ing more main­stream, as noted by vet­eran glider pilot Ann Welch’s piece on ‘Trikes as tugs’.

To­wards the back of the book ap­pears ‘Old-timers’ (clearly hy­phens were in good sup­ply in 1997) co-au­thored by Peter R March and Mike Jer­ram, and James Al­lan brings the edi­to­rial con­tent to a close with his ‘Air-brained’ quiz.

Fi­nally, oc­cu­py­ing the fa­mil­iar back-cover slot is long-term ad­ver­tiser Harry Men­delssohn, of­fer­ing a range of GPS units from Garmin, Sky­force and Mag­el­lan. Colour had ar­rived with Sky­force’s of­fer­ing, al­beit at an eye-wa­ter­ing £2,499 (£4,200-odd to­day) — and in this re­spect things re­ally have changed!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.