Chipmunk first solo
Steven Burnside made his first solo in DHC-1 Chipmunk G-CGAO from Fenland on Thursday 17 October. Steve has been learning to fly with Fenland Flying School under the tutelage of his best friend, David Petters. Steve said “It’s a real privilege to be able to do my PPL in such a great aircraft. I feel very lucky to have such an opportunity.”
It is quite unusual to obtain a PPL on a Chipmunk these days, and adds a degree of difficulty, as the student has to master the three-point and wheeler landings, and other characteristics of a taildragger.
G-CGAO is a Portuguese built OGMA Chipmunk of 1958 vintage. It is well known on the display scene in David’s hands as part of the Vintage Pair and Four Chip formation teams.
David Peters (right) congratulates Steven