Sunday, 22 August 2021

National Champion in Aerobatics

 I'm very proud to report that I won the National Aerobatics Championships (Sportsman Class) in G-FUUN.

This was especially hard considering the other aircraft I was up against. One Designs, Extras, etc.

Also it turns out that my average winning score was the highest of any competition they have held which puts another layer on the satisfaction cake.

Happy days.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Krishna Article in Oz newsletter

I thought I would share this article about Krishna's Twister build as there are some important points he makes in the Q and A.

It's also always nice to see another Twister being built!

Monday, 28 June 2021

Another Twister for Sale 

A cheap Twister for sale in Italy at just 35,000 Euros.

Built by Termikas and with just 25 hours on the engine and airframe.

Video of an early engine run with a view of the instrument panel in this video:

Monday, 14 June 2021

A nice flight

After having flown very little hours over the winter due to bad weather and the lockdown it was nice to complete a longish flight yesterday.

Down to the south coast to see the parked up Cruise ships. Then past the very busy beaches of Bournemouth and around the Isle of Wight.

Heading back up home I managed to get a zone transit through London City.

Finally landing at my mates strip at Gravely after 2.8 hours for a well earned cup of coffee and a chat. Then followed a short air to air formation with him in his new RV8 to take some photos of it for him.

All in all a great day out.


Pete Wells' airstrip

Corfe Castle

Diamond Light Source - Research Facility


Bournemouth Pier

Brighton's BA Eye 360

Cruise ships moored up near Weymouth

Norwegian Bliss, complete with Go Kart racing track on the top deck!

The Needles, Isle of Wight

London City Airport

Parked up at Gravely

James in his new toy

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Article from 2004

I've read this article before but it was a poor quality photocopy.

I managed to get hold of a brand new copy of the magazine from 2004 and scanned the article in high res in colour.

I had to chuckle at James Hallam's claim of 500 hours build time. That was before he had built his of course. I wonder how long it actually took him?

A good read none the less with history from Mike Friend and a Sales pitch from James Hallam.

Click on each image for a larger version to read.

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Trans Atlantic Twister talk

I gave a talk on Zoom for a Strut group (LAA enthusiasts) a few weeks ago.

The talk details the trip I took in 2017 to Oshkosh and back via a slideshow of images.

Click on the link below to listen to the talk

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Turbine Twister?

I have already written about the French company Turbotech. Specifically referring to their previous product offering (still on offer BTW) of the gas turbine gen set with recirculation - which improves fuel economy.

They now have a new product.

A gas turbine with direct drive to a prop. Which is of course a turboprop, but with a difference. With the same recirculation unit on the rear of the turbine the same 30% fuel efficiency is claimed as per the gen-set version.

Not only that but the Turboprop version boasts 90kW of power (that's 120.692 hp for you dinosaurs).

It also uses the electric starter motor to provide a short term boost of 10kW to take total power to 100kW (134.1hp).

I thought this would be great in the Twister.

The diameter of the unit works well but the length would mean it would be much too long to fit in a current cowling and indeed would put the C of G too far forward.

Anyway I haven't even mentioned the price yet...

See below response for the price which has one too many zeros in it to be a viable alternative to a piston engine. (125k Euros).

Oh well, dreams are free right?

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Tiger Trophy aeros comp

Yesterday I competed in the first official (British Aerobatics run) comp this year.

The Tiger Trophy at Leicester.

It is a difference type of comp with all pilots from all classes competing against one another with one unknown sequence which gets progressively more complex the higher up the class goes.

I screwed up my spin - having not practised a one turn spin ever that I can remember - I am so used to doing 1 and a half spin turns that I did not recover soon enough and over rotated. So a hard zero for me on that one. The other figures flown scored well and had I done the spin right then I would have been right up there in the top 3, as it was I finished 10th from 15 competing.

A good fun day out despite my screw up.

A mate videoed part of my sequence with his phone so this is best viewed on a big screen.

Monday, 17 August 2020

The original Twister

The RC model that started it all.

It now hangs on the living room wall of Mike Friends house.

The origin story of the Twister is that Matthias and Thomas designed and built an RC model to compete in competitions. It was very successful and someone said "Why don't you build a full size version?". So they did and 10,000 man hours later the prototype Twister was finished, production soon followed.

Aeros comp

Due to Covid, this year has been without an aeros competition run by British Aerobatics so far.

Adrian Willis of the British Aerobatic Academy decided to run his own comp at Fenland.

It was a less formal affair with good flexibility from the organisers. 3 sequences were flown over 2 days. I had not practised any of the sequences so treated it as a training exercise and good practise for Unknowns. Excluding H/C competitors I finished 2nd both days so not bad considering I hadn't practised since March.

A recently completed One Design next to G-FUUN while the Extra 300 lands in the background.

The top 3 in each class.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Aerobatics FUUN

The final video that will form part of the TV/Slideshow for Friedrichshafen 2021.