You know that when you keep telling yourself “it’s a bit nippy out” it is perhaps a little chilly. However, it may have been cold but I doubt that too many people have yet taken heed of Bob Grimstead’s article in the latest edition of Pilot as it was a very busy day.

The best bits for me were probably the Nicollier Menestrel that fortunately came down to the end of the runway so I could capture a couple of photos of it. The other best bit was the addition of a new type for me, the Saab Safir in the form of G-XCID. I noticed that there was something not quite right with the PA28 I could see 1000 metres away. A quick look on the camera showed it to be not a PA28 but said Saab. I therefore stayed out to catch it before heading up to the Flight Deck Café for one of the best cups of tea ever!

The not so good bit was probably that it was a pretty constant 6C with a wind chill of significantly lower and so even with walking socks on, I nearly lost a couple of toes!


These are the aircraft I saw:

G-AOTY 1951 De Havilland Canada  DHC-1 Chipmunk 22A
G-BBXW 1973 Piper PA-28-151 Warrior Gloucester
G-BHFJ 1979 Piper PA-28RT-201T Arrow IV Booker
G-BNSP 1987 Slingsby T67M Firefly MkII Turweston
G-BSLM 1962 Piper PA-28-160 Cherokee Rochester
G-CCNT 2003 Ikarus C42 FB80
G-CDMY 1979 Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II Redhill
G-CHRE 2015 Nicollier HN700 Menestrel II
G-FLBY 2013 Ikarus C42 FB100 Bravo Elstree
G-TALH 1976 Piper PA-28-181 Archer II Tatenhill
G-TOPI 2016 Bell 407 Turweston
G-XCID 1962 Saab 91D Safir
G-ZOOL 1979 Reims-Cessna FA152 Aerobat Turweston



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