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Record-break­ing LAA Rally, Lake Air­craft up for sale and all the lat­est GA news

Septem­ber’s Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion Rally broke new records, at­tract­ing 958 vis­it­ing air­craft and over 4,500 avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts to Sy­well over the week­end. At one point on the Satur­day af­ter­noon there were over 400 air­craft parked on the Northamp­ton­shire air­field’s grass.

An en­larged ex­hibitor area also set a new high in the num­ber of com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions present, with ev­ery­thing from a Caa-backed ‘drone zone’ to a themed dis­play ded­i­cated to clas­sic rac­ing air­craft that in­cluded two Per­ci­val Mew Gulls, a col­lec­tion of Miles King’s Cup rac­ers, a replica Travel Air Mys­tery Ship, Le Vier Cos­mic Wind and a 1938 Chilton DW.1, mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance af­ter a forty-year restora­tion.

Among the visi­tors was Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Baroness Sugg, who en­tered into the home­build­ing spirit by ‘pulling riv­ets’ to help as­sem­ble a Ze­nair fuse­lage, as well as meet­ing mem­bers and ex­hibitors. Stars of the packed air­craft park in­cluded the lat­est Ver­hees Delta from Bel­gium, a mi­nus­cule Colom­ban Cri-cri, a Jodel D.9 Bébé flown from Spain, and Phil Burgess’s im­mac­u­late Pitts S-1S Spe­cial G-OSIS, which was awarded the Prince Michael of Kent Tro­phy for ‘Best Air­craft In Show’.

“We came oh, so close, but didn’t quite crack the 1,000 vis­i­tor tar­get, said LAA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and Pi­lot colum­nist Steve Slater. “Still, it gives us a tar­get to aim for next year!”

Aerial view of Sy­well on the Satur­day af­ter­noon. We’ve counted 429 air­craft in the photo, but it will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether you can find more!

ABOVE: Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Baroness Sugg (right) be­ing coached on riv­et­ing tech­niques by Pa­tri­cia Mawuli Porter of Me­tal Seag­ulls LtdBE­LOW: Phil Burgess’s Best in Show Pitts Spe­cial

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