Aero Expo 2007

Wycombe Air-Park, Booker 

Rather claggy weather on Friday and Saturday led to a slow start for the fly-in, but a steady flow of visitors made for the trade stands, the static aircraft and the PFA Homebuilders' Tent.   Sunday was bright and very sunny, and a large number of visiting aircraft flew in to join the show.

The PFA tent was filled with home-built aircraft and demonstrations of the skills used in light aircraft building, including English wheeling of cowlings and wheel covers, the wood propellor carving, wire splicing, composite manufacture and traditional wood-working techniques, while outside regular engine runs compared a radial engine with a super-smooth BMW motorcycle engine conversion.   Youth & Education Support offered an extensive range of information on aviation activities, some glider-making for the younger ones, and a demonstration of the Kinetics Avionics SBS-1 real time radar simulation, which uses Mode S signals to provide information on height, position, identity, speed and heading of aircraft with mode-s transponders.

The Build-a-Plane Rans, the plane built by Cadets and Scouts, was there on display outside the tent, along with its combined bus/hangar, attracting the usual admiration.  Some lucky Air Cadets managed to get a free flight later on the Sunday, and were a great help in de-rigging the plane at the end of the afternoon, and putting it all back in the bus.

          
View from PFA Homebuilders' Tent ^
                                              and glider-making instruction >

          

        
Charlie takes to the Air

                            
Balloons over Booker

          
Air-Cadets de-rigging the Rans....

           

..... and lashing it all down

  Even the Tiger Moth Pedal plane fits in.... just!

 

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