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Jun 10

More on the Pipistrel Virus

By Mark Attwood | Uncategorized

I was quite taken with the Pipistrel Virus (pronounced Veer-oos, it’s not a disease) on display at the Sywell Aero Expo 2012, so I did a bit more research on it and found a bunch of videos that show it in action better than my photo (which you can see in this post) does (which you should be seeing in the next edition of FLYER magazine).

This video illustrates what a nimble and slippery creature this Virus obviosuly is..

This one, from the excellent Aero News Network in the US of A, gives a quality detailed intro to the aircraft..

This one was made by someone so inspired by this beautiful little plane, they decided to set it to the words of Psalm 139! Biblical!

Here’s a nice 40-seconds-inside-the-cockpit-whats-that-he-says-at-the-end-grass-strip-landing…

This one from Canada shows a tail-dragger version of the aircraft and illustrates the speed and lift producing abilities of the Virus very well (it needs hardly any runway at all) plus has some stunning Canadian aerial photography to enjoy in it…

This quite amusing video gives more of an insight into some of the awards this aircraft has won

Mar 17

Incredible STOLs in Valdez

By Mark Attwood | Uncategorized

I stumbled on this Alaskan Bush Flying STOL (short take-off and landing) competition video whilst thinking about how short landing techniques would improve my ability to survive a forced landing after engine failure. The modified biplane Super Cub is particularly cool…

Oct 28
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220kph from 50hp? Introducing the Vehees Delta…

By Mark Attwood | Uncategorized

What an aircraft.

Tiny. Delta wing. Wide cockpit. Loads of luggage space. 50hp engine. 220kph! Cheap as chips to run.

Brilliant design usually means a brilliant person somewhere, so after a bit of digging I found this description of Vehees Engineering on their website:

“Verhees Engineering is an engineering agency with remarkable specialisations such as aerodynamics. The agency was founded in 1990 by Bart Verhees (’63). As a mechanical engineer he had acquired rich and wide experience at many companies. Besides craftsmanship and reliability, creativity and pragmatism are also the main characteristics of Verhees Engineering. These are characteristics that have evolved over the years by developing and building many structures.

Verhees Engineering is used to working with limited budgets (and in homebuild aviation the budgets are always limited), but a technically responsible solution has to be found for every problem, that must also have the approval of the authorities.”

There’s a great description of this aircraft by commercial pilot Peter Kuypers here.

Oct 28

The virtues of the QuikR 912S

By Mark Attwood | Uncategorized

Great to see this lovely video which does plenty to extol the virtues of the P&M Aviation QuikR 912S – especially as this Rochdale-based company is doing well in the US, where they like to call these aircraft “Trikes” instead of “Flexwings”. They also like to call “Trousers” “Pants”, but I digress. They did vote in George W Bush, and thought Barrack Obama was really going to change things for the better, need I say more?

I’ve only got a few hours on this type of aircraft, despite taking my first flight in one in 1990, mainly because they scare the bejesus out of me, but I fully intend to get over this and do a conversion course once I’ve completed my PPL(M) on the Eurostar.

I love the look of Mathis airport in this video, and think this shows microlight pleasure flying at its very best.

If you’re interested, it was filmed using the Drift HD170 Stealh POV Video Camera.

Jan 16

Someone buy these pilots a beer…

By Mark Attwood | Uncategorized

Most of my flying time has been fixed wing, but I have done a few hours on the Robinson R22 and Schweizer 300CBi, which is why I can appreciate the sheer skill of these pilots of an HH-60 Jayhawk during the rescue of the Selendang Ayu, skillfully hovering above the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a bad storm in the Bering Sea. Watch and learn…

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