Diary of a Sportcruiser kit aircraft builder & flyer
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Back in the air... perhaps
The revised paperwork from the LAA arrived today, so I am good to go with the new propeller. Sadly the weather is not cooperating, so I think it will be the weekend at the earliest before I can slip the surly bonds once more.
Known as The Westmorland Flyer, I'm an enthusiastic private pilot based at Carlisle Airport. In February 2009 I bought a Sportcruiser kit aeroplane and I completed the build in March 2010. Test flying took place in April and the Permit to Fly finally arrived in mid May. The original idea of this Blog was to document my progress (or otherwise) during the build programme. Now that G-JONL is flying I will occasionally update the Blog with flying stories and notes about her ongoing maintenance.
Until late 2009 I owned a PA28 Warrior, G-JLIN, which is fully IFR capable and lets me make full use of my IMC rating and night qualification. But JLIN was becoming increasingly expensive to run and for some time I had been thinking about getting something smaller for those lovely VFR days. I sold G-JLIN at the beginning of October 2009 but I still have access to her for when I need to fly IFR. I hope you find my Blog interesting and I encourage you to add comments or ask questions using the comments facility at the end of each article.
I retired from the rat race (senior manager in a telecoms company - no, not BT!) in 2001 and now live in the lovely Eden Valley, formerly in Westmorland but, since the 1970s thanks to Ted Heath, now known as Cumbria. I took up flying shortly after I retired and have almost 1000 hours total flying time, mostly in my kit-built Sportcruiser, G-JONL and my previous aircraft, Piper Warrior, G-JLIN. I've been a radio amateur for fifty years with the call sign G3WGV and am a keen Morse code (CW) operator. I founded the Summits on the Air programme in 2002. Other interests include mountaineering, computer programming and classical music, especially the pipe organ.