Old ones, new ones
The UK’S first PZL Mucha Standard glider has been registered G-CKXD; this is a single-seat, wood and fabric, aerobatic sailplane built in Poland in 1960. Single Seat Deregulation has breathed welcome new life into some heritage microlights, and this month sees the return of Britain’s earliest American Aerolights Eagle, G-MBEP, dating back to 1980. It has a semi-rigid, high-dihedral, parallel-chord wing set above a skeletal trike. Pitch control is by a canard foreplane actuated by the pilot weight-shifting in the sling seat. Right up-to-date is the Airplay Grif/ Eurofly Snake SSDR microlight with a nanotrike, designed to fit in an estate car. It is registered G-MADC, but in case anyone is mad enough to buy one off the internet and go straight out and fly it, the company offers five hours of free, dual, weightshift training. Finally, the wonderfully named Earthstar Thunder Gull G-TGUL is an American three-axis SSDR, resembling a cut-down Kolb Twinstar.
PZL-104 Wilga 35 G-WILG was temporarily withdrawn from use this month