London to Malta – in a day
Aug22

London to Malta – in a day

While we’re in congratulatory mood, serious respect to Douglas Cairns and Karl Beetson who have just set a World Aviation Speed Record, flying a Vans RV8 and Vans RV4 from Denham to Malta in a single day. The trip involved 13 hours of flying and three fuel stops (Le Touquet, Gap Tallard in the French Alps and Figari Sud on the southern tip of Corsica). Of course, there’s quite a lot of these sort of flights going on, so it’s worth...

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CTC Aviation staff raise over £6,000 for Aerobility
Aug22

CTC Aviation staff raise over £6,000 for Aerobility

Congratulations and respect to staff at CTC Aviation who have just presented UK flying charity Aerobility with a cheque for £6,080. CTC Aviation staff members raised funds through a variety of events. According to Aerobility Chief Executive, Mike Miller-Smith MBE, the donation will provide integral project and programme funding to Aerobility, which relies entirely on donations – in cash and kind – to enable disabled people...

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Happy Birthday Chipmunk!
Jun28

Happy Birthday Chipmunk!

Not looking a day over, well, let’s say 50, 22nd May saw the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the DHC-1 Chipmunk. Conceived as a replacement for the venerable Tiger Moth and featuring such mod-cons as an enclosed cockpit, flaps and even brakes, there must be thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of active pilots who – like the Duke of Edinburgh in 1952 – took their first flights in a Chipmunk. Although best known as an RAF...

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