New Reg­is­tra­tions

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Air­craft ar­rivals and de­par­tures

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+ re­stored regis­tra­tion // * used im­ported // ^^^ fac­tory-built microlight // ** home­built ++ re-reg­is­tered, Bri­tish owned // ^ sur­plus ex-mil­i­tary // ^^ from BGA Reg­is­ter

Wizzing in

The most ob­vi­ous in­di­ca­tion of air­line con­cern about Bri­tain leav­ing the Euro­pean Union has been easy­jet’s adop­tion of a base in Aus­tria, but now the Hun­gar­ian air­line Wizz Air has ob­tained an Air Op­er­a­tor’s Cer­tifi­cate from the UK Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity. Wizz com­menced op­er­a­tions in 2004 and now claims to be the largest low-cost air­line in Cen­tral and East­ern Europe. Its CEO says “The UK re­mains the sin­gle big­gest travel mar­ket in Europe… and this en­sures that our UK op­er­a­tions are Brexit-ready”. Its Bri­tish base is Lu­ton and some of the fleet will be Uk-reg­is­tered, start­ing with Air­bus A320s such as G-WUKE.

The Bul­gars are com­ing

Cen­tral Europe is a hot­bed of light air­craft in­no­va­tion and this month sees the first Bul­gar­ian Aero­planes DAR prod­uct, Solo 120 G-CKYI. This is a Sin­gle Seat Dereg­u­lated three-axis microlight with a trac­tor po­dand-boom con­fig­u­ra­tion, as with the Whit­taker de­signs, but with a com­pos­ite frame pared down to the bare min­i­mum to meet Ger­man 120kg reg­u­la­tions. The high wing is made of alu­minium sheet and it is de­signed for kit­build­ing, al­though this ex­am­ple is fac­tory-made. It fea­tures a rocket-based bal­lis­tic re­cov­ery parachute claimed to be ef­fec­tive at as lit­tle as thirty me­tres above ground level.

New start for Wal­rus

Sev­eral months ago we re­ported that Su­per­ma­rine Wal­rus G-RNLI, sub­ject of a slow restora­tion, had been de­clared per­ma­nently with­drawn from use, but it pops up again with a new owner and a new regis­tra­tion, G-WLRS. As men­tioned in May’s Old Timers, the World War Two am­phib­ian was bought by Isle of Wight­based Somer­ton Air­ways for en­vi­sioned ser­vices to France and Scan­di­navia. Af­ter a cou­ple of months these ideas were dropped and the Wal­rus did not get a civil regis­tra­tion, even­tu­ally be­ing turned into a hol­i­day car­a­van on the is­land. The con­tin­u­ing work will be car­ried out by the Air­craft Restora­tion Com­pany at Dux­ford.

Spe­cial Gazelle

In the late 1960s, West­land He­li­copters en­tered an agree­ment to col­lab­o­rate with the French man­u­fac­tur­ers Aérospa­tiale on de­vel­op­ment of the Gazelle and Puma, wanted by the UK mil­i­tary, and the Lynx, wanted by the French Navy. The first West­land-built Gazelle aimed at the civil­ian mar­ket was built in 1973 and reg­is­tered G-BAZL for Twyford Moors He­li­copters, who had the con­tract for Lon­don Metropoli­tan Po­lice op­er­a­tions, and it was re­port­edly used by the Spe­cial Branch. It was then sold to France where it fea­tured in the French ver­sion of the Trea­sure Hunt tele­vi­sion game show. On re­turn­ing to Bri­tain from Italy in 2001 it was reg­is­tered G-EZEL but has now trans­ferred to the Guernsey Reg­is­ter as 2-GAZL.

Gy­ro­scopic

One of the old­est gy­ro­planes on the ac­tive reg­is­ter, Bensen B8M G-AXBG, is head­ing off to New Zealand. Home-built in 1969, it has been ever-present with just two own­ers al­though there is no in­for­ma­tion of hours flown.

Cameron N-77 bal­loon, ad­ver­tis­ing Black­pool Plea­sure Beach, has been re­tired

Euro­copter EC155 G-NIVA has been sold in France

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