Old Timers Historic aviation round-up
This year’s LAA Rally at Sywell on 1 - 3 September was, unsurprisingly, dominated by scores of modern homebuilt aircraft. However, very noticeable amongst the list of machines that received the LAA’S coveted awards were numerous classic and vintage types. Chris Barnes, for example, took the Air Squadron Trophy for the Best Plans Built aircraft with his superb Chilton DW1A reproduction, G-DWCB and was closely followed by Dave Reid’s G-JUJU which was awarded a commendation certificate. While the 1930s Chilton is familiar, the mid-60s Us-designed Cvjetkovic CA-65 Skyfly — a two-seat, low-wing monoplane with a retractable tailwheel undercarriage — is certainly little known in Europe. David Hunter received a Commendation Certificate for his NSI Propulsion Systems Ea81-140t-powered example, G-CFVJ, first flown in 2014. Unfortunately it was damaged in a wheelsup landing on 31 August that year after the selector lever on the undercarriage ratchet handle became disconnected and fell to the bottom of the cockpit floor out of reach of the pilot, who was therefore unable to lower the wheels. Repaired after this misadventure, David’s Skyfly was fully evaluated for the LAA by Dan Griffith and given its Permit to Fly in June 2017.
Other notable awards included the John Randall Trophy for the Best Vintage aircraft, which went to Andy Cumming for his immaculate CASA/BÜ133 Jungmeister G-CIJV. Giles Trotter’s PA-12 Super Cruiser G-ARTH received two awards, as did Stephen and Andrew Williams’ Classic Jodel DR1050 Ambassadeur G-AVGZ. Peter Colman’s Z526, G-AWSH was also commended as a Classic aircraft; Cathy Silk’s Tiger Moth G-AVPJ won the PPS Trophy for the Best Moth; and Peter Gill’s Auster AOP9 G-BURR/WZ706
was the Best Auster. David Bremner received yet another award for his Bristol Scout C replica. Phil Humphrey’s part-built Pietenpol Aircamper received the Albert Codling Trophy.
Out in the visitor’s park there was a great miscellany of vintage aircraft and reproductions. Heading this list must be the much-travelled Swedish homebuilt DH60 Moth Major replica SE-AMO and Aeronca C3 G-ADYS, which made a lengthy flight from North Yorkshire. It was nice to see the Corben Baby Ace G-DACE, Airedale G-ARNP, Fleet Canuck G-FLCA, Freelance G-NACI and, side-byside, the Tipsy pair: Trainer G-AISA and Belfair G-APIE. An interesting juxtaposition was the vintage Fewsdale Tigercraft gyro-glider G-ATLH parked alongside a state-of-the-art Autogyro Europe Cavalon G-CIEW. This was a splendid LAA Sywell weekend that clearly highlighted the strength and diversity of the great British vintage, classic and homebuilt aircraft movement.
Unique Cvjetkovic CA-65 Skyfly departing Sywell
Chris Barnes’ and Dave Reid’s award-winning Chilton DW1AS
Clockwise from top left: CASA/BÜ133 Jungmeister; Swedish homebuilt DH60 Moth Major replica; Aeronca C3 G-ADYS landing after its long flight; rare Fleet Canuck; 52-year-old Fewsdale Tigercraft gyro-glider alongside a 2014 Cavalon autogyro