Keep the Skinny Birds Flying Safely
ZL suffered another nose over incident at the end of August. This time it was Paul, he forgot to reset the throttle starting the engine after blowing out, resulting in the engine revving up at the next swing and the aircraft nosing over the chocks. Luckily the prop missed Paul, but buried itself in the grass. We sent the engine away for a shockload examination and fitted a new prop. No other damage luckily and she's now signed off again, although the weather has turned damp and cloudy, so only managed 10 mins testing so far. Expensive lack of concentration, but nobody hurt and the damage was limited. Thank goodness for insurance.
Highlight of the year was an invitation to a concours event at a country house in Norfolk, Heveningham Hall, owned by a very wealthy London real estate agent. 11 aircraft and 100+ cars, mainly very expensive ones! There was a country show for the visiting public and we were provided with accommodation, free food, drink, a black tie dinner and great hospitality. We were able to see how the seriously rich live! We didn't win any awards, most of the other aircraft were beautifully presented, but we had a great time. I had intended to take my wife, Gaynor to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, unfortunately our daughter was too unwell to leave - which also meant I had to come home by train after one night there - so I took Paul instead. ZL created a lot of interest amongst the car enthusiasts.