Newsletter- September 2018
It’s been an exceedingly busy summer at Airplay, with the unprecedented summer giving almost unbroken flight training along with new aircraft deliveries throughout the past months.
We recently completed the build of the first Minifox in the UK with the NCWS wing-fold system, which makes single-handed rigging even quicker and easier thanks to the alignment bracketry and quick-release pins. The happy customer flew G-CKYZ back to his home where he’s operating out of a 100m paddock.
He also specified a custom instrument layout featuring a Stratomaster Xtreme as a centrepiece. With the appropriate sensors attached this unit is capable of giving a full artificial horizon, GPS and EFIS display, and certainly looked great in the carbon dashboard.
You can see a short video of the testflight of G-CKYZ (including a demonstration of using the wing-fold system to slot neatly inside a flexwing hangar space) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwBkgdxi1EU if it’s not displayed below:
Another happy customer recently flew his first ever flexwing solo on his new Snake/Fox13T. He then flew over 4hrs at Sutton over the next couple of days before popping the aircraft into his car to take home.
The Fox wing with the optional ODL Technora fabric looks great in the air and on the ground. Its light weight also allows fitment of the 33Hp Bull Max engine and still remains within the licence-free weight limit. We opted for a 1.4m diameter Helix prop on this configuration which gives a very low pitched noise profile and climb rates of 800 feet per minute.
We also fitted this machine with an Apco Mayday reserve system, designed to bring the entire aircraft down safely in a feet-first configuration if thrown. This option is priced at £680(+VAT).
We’re currently planning on making an extended touring trip with hopefully at least 4 Snakes during the last week of September (weather allowing). Any owners of other aircraft capable of getting into similar-sized strips as the Snake would be made welcome. Please get in touch for details.