Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sun Power

THE Paris Air Show, one of the oldest and biggest events of its kind, gets under way at Le Bourget on June 20th with many of the exhibitors keen to promote greener aviation. Besides aircraft powered by biofuel and new lightweight fuel-saving designs, such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, there is plenty of other kit promising to help make aircraft more efficient. But nothing could match the rather ungainly bird that touched down on runway 21 in the evening on June 14th.
The aircraft, known as HB-SIA, has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but just a tiny single-person cockpit. It is designed to be powered only by sunlight. HB-SIA was built by a Swiss-based project called Solar Impulse, which was set up by Bertrand Piccard, an adventurer who helped to pilot the first balloon to fly around the world, and AndrĂ© Borschberg, a fighter pilot and engineer. Their ultimate aim with Solar Impulse is to build an aircraft that can circle the world using only the power of the sun.
More here

Sunday, August 21, 2011

There are new and updated photos from Ted -- see link at right hand side of the page.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ted's new Hawker Hurricane.
More photos here.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More vandalism at the club.

The SGM called to discuss the the termination of the lease in February 2012

On a better note, Jon's 1/3 scale Tiger Moth.
It even takes off a little crookedly, just like the full size one.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's easy to get disorientated if your helicopter goes inverted.
Ask Steve.