New Reg­is­tra­tions

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What’s new, re­stored or can­celled

Wish­ing for wings BR601 was an early Mark IX Spit­fire, one of a batch sold to the South African Air Force and later scrapped. The scrap yard owner fan­cied a Spit­fire on a pole, but by then BR601’S wings had been dis­posed of so a fi­bre­glass fac­sim­ile pair were made be­fore mount­ing. Doug Arnold bought it at auc­tion in 1987 but no se­ri­ous restora­tion was at­tempted un­til 2008. It is now owned by the US Collings Foun­da­tion which has sent it to Big­gin Hill to be fit­ted with new-build wings. The aim is to have it fly­ing by this De­cem­ber. Ar­gen­tine Avro An impressive sight at Good­wood and Sy­well last sum­mer was a replica Avro 504K trainer named Olivia and reg­is­tered LV-X430. De­signed by Al­liot Verdon-roe, the Avro 504 first flew in 1913 and was not fi­nally re­tired from the RAF un­til 1934. The type was li­cence-built in Ar­gentina from 1928, in­spir­ing Pur Sang Aero­his­toric to build two repli­cas in 2010, the sec­ond of which comes here, rereg­is­tered as G-EROE. Oth­er­wise au­then­tic, the orig­i­nal Gnome Monosoupap­e ro­tary engine is re­placed by a Rotec R3600 nine-cylin­der ra­dial. It is owned by Eric Verdon-roe, grand­son of the de­signer, un­der the com­mem­o­ra­tive com­pany name Bri­tish Avi­a­tion 100. Go­ing Up Just Air­craft SUPERSTOL G-SSXL does ex­actly what it says on the tin, claim­ing take-off and land­ing rolls of less than 100ft. This two-seat high-wing type is a dis­tant rel­a­tive of the Kit­fox, with au­to­matic lead­ing edge slats, high-lift wings and Fowler flaps. To fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate off-piste fly­ing, it has enor­mous tun­dra tyres and a softly sprung longstroke un­der­car­riage. This, the first Bri­tish kit to be com­pleted, is be­ing eval­u­ated by the Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion be­fore fi­nal type ap­proval.

Evans Volk­s­plane G-BLCW has been with­drawn from use

Avro 504 replica LV-X430 has been im­ported as G-EROE

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