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Pilot - - NEW REGS -

Fifty years ago, in Pi­lot’s first year, then ed­i­tor Brian Healey spon­sored a com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign a two-seat all-metal tourer which could be plans-built by am­a­teurs. It was won by two Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity lec­tur­ers and a pro­duc­tion com­pany was formed to mar­ket the Prac­tavia Pi­lot Sprite. Ini­tial im­pres­sions were favourable and more than one hun­dred sets of plans were sold but en­thu­si­asm waned, not least be­cause of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent to the pro­to­type on a test flight, and only eight flew. This could be­come nine with the restora­tion of G-ROSS’S marks, a project 37 years in ges­ta­tion.

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