PHOTO 1: Brian Cosgrove greets Colin Bodill on
return from Australia.
At last the CAA
released a draft of the 450 kg maximum all-up weight proposals for
and Keith Reynolds glean massive publicity for their planned Round the World in
80 Days attempt in a Quantum 912. The expedition involved a six-figure budget
with complex back-up in place, very different to Colin Bodill's method. They
leave Brooklands amidst a full media turn-out and cover 3293 miles in the first
to Brooklands 117 days after leaving. He had been buzzed by a Syrian Mig-21,
lost his co-pilot Keith Reynolds, flown over the Greenland ice cap at 12 000
feet, suffered several bureaucratic delays and found the whole project
threatened when his sponsors, GT Global, were taken over by an American
PHOTO 2: The GT Global Challenger
Flight tests in
Microlight Flying are 'chalk-and-cheese' - Paul Dewhurst finds the Shadow D 'as
fresh as a daisy and a hard act to beat' while Ed Cleasby found that the
Mosquito PHG had put the fun back into his hang-gliding.
Later in the
year, Ronnie Faux went to the Czech republic and flew three of their designs
which may well fit the proposed new 450 kg regulations. All were composite
constructions. Ronnie entitled his article 'I Have Seen the Future'.
PHOTO 3: The TL-96 Star, has a composite
construction, low-set wings and a trike undercarriage. One of the three Czech
designs reviewed by Ronnie Faux.
matters came again to the fore. There was uproar across the Association when a
PFA committee member and solicitor, Peter Kember, acted for a local
anti-microlight pressure group at the Bishop Farm Airstrip appeal. Despite the
efforts of the BMAA's Planning Consultant, Brian Cosgrove, the appeal was lost
and with it the site. However, Cheshire Microlight Centre had better news this
year, they learnt that their planning appeal had been successful, giving them
permanent permission for microlight flying at Arclid Hill Farm.
Mainair again this year when their premises were destroyed by fire. Eight
aircraft and several wings were destroyed in the blaze. Eileen Hudson announced
that she was determined to start again.
The Trade Show
again offered a glimpse of the potential of four-stroke engines. Pegasus showed
an HKS powered Quantum, while the Hungarian's offered a Jabiru engined Bantam
(the Bantaroo), and Medway adopted the same engine for its Raven Eclipse R.
PHOTO 4: One of the novelties of this years show
was this Thruster on floats. While Britain is an island and therefore has plenty
of coast line, there are very few microlight pilots exploiting the
possibilities of floats.
At the AGM,
Colin Mitchell, the Chairman of the PFA, stood up and announced that the views
of Peter Kember did not represent those of the PFA as a whole. Peter Blyth
stood down as BMAA Treasurer, to be replaced by John Rose. The small number of
members attending the AGM, and voting in elections for places on Council had
long been a concern. This year a motion was passed to allow for postal voting
in order to encourage greater participation in the election of Council