Formation flypast practice

This year on Sunday 12th November, HAAF had planned to conduct a Remembrance Day flypast at Middle Wallop and over several local villages. Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions being poor and below our minimums for the flight, the Auster and Scout pair’s flight was cancelled. As an aspiring pilot, I figured I would share what it was like to…

WE HAVE (ELECTRICAL) POWER

Angle brackets, hinged clasp assembly, battery and assorted rubber strips ready for mocking up the fit. First mock-up Paint and rubber pads applied Hinged cover attached and the over-centre clasp installed. Next step, having made two battery mounting kits, was to pass the bits onto our resident Fixed-Wing-Aircraft Avionic-Systems-Installation and Modification Team (FWAASIMT) – Guy Musgrove.  Guy is constructing and…

SPAR-ING PARTNERS

With apologies (again) for a terrible pun-title, behold the latest update from the Auster maintenance team regarding progress on the reconditioning of our 1942 Auster Mk1. With the mantra “There shall be no play in the control system”, the team have been inspecting every aspect of the Auster’s flying controls – including the horizontal flying trim system. This trim control…

BRAKE-ING NEWS

With apologies for the terrible pun in the Blog title……….time for a brief update on progress for our Auster Mk1 reconditioning project. We have replaced the undercarriage suspension rubber bands (a tricky job and not for the faint-hearted) so we just need to recondition the wheels and brakes and we can pop the aircraft back onto the ground. The brakes…

AUSTER MARK 1 LB 312 RECONDITIONING PROGRAMME

Our Auster Mk1 (LB 321) joined the flight late 2020, flying into Middle Wallop from Netheravon via the services of a Light Aircraft Association Pilot. Since then, having completed an initial inspection, we decided to ground the aircraft pending a full technical review and associated reconditioning of the whole aircraft. Reconditioning an aircraft that first saw Service in 1942 is…