Dave Calderwood

Editorial

With Dave Calderwood

Opinion

A passion for flying

Blades, open-cockpit flying – and Oshkosh is upon us – now that ticks a multitude of General Aviation boxes!

There’s a definite rotary influence in this issue, and that’s thanks to Rachel Ramsay, who we welcome as a new columnist and as the writer of two articles: a flight in the Curti Aerospace Zefhir 600kg microlight helicopter and flying two former military helicopters, the Westland Wasp and Scout.

Rachel has written for FLYER before but now she’s going to be contributing a regular column about her flying. It’ll mostly be about rotary flying but may also cover fixed-wing – Rachel’s a talented pilot who holds both PPL(H) and PPL(A).

Completely different is the Flying Adventure this issue, written by Bruce Buglass who, as well as managing Sleap Airfield, also flies a single-seat open cockpit Taylor Monoplane.

Bruce and some mates flew from Sleap up to the Glenforsa Fly-in at the end of May, taking a fairly long time in their ‘not-quick’ aeroplanes.

But as someone once said to me, ‘why do you want to hurry when it’s your passion?’ Flying, that is.

Needless to say, Bruce and his mates had a great time – and numb rear-ends – and their zest for life and flying is well captured in this article.

I’m writing this a day after having arrived at the annual feast of aviation that is Oshkosh. It’s the biggest event in the aviation world by far, held at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA and staged by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). But it’s far more than an event for homebuilts, even though they feature strongly.

It’s a gathering of the General Aviation world, both industry and pilots.

Our full report will be in the next edition of FLYER but we will be publishing stories online on flyer.co.uk and also videos on FLYER TV. Come back to the website frequently to stay in touch.

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