Old Timers His­toric avi­a­tion round-up

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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

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