2019 LAA RALLY ROUND UP
Rally 2015

 

Rally 2019

 

  • MINISTER PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR GENERAL AVIATION
  • YAK OWNERS TO BE OFFERED LAA PERMIT TO FLY OPTION
  • LAA/BMAA MEMBERS DISCUSS POSSIBLE MERGER
  • SEQUOIA FALCO TAKES TOP RALLY AWARD AS MIRROR-FINISH LUSCOMBE STEALS THE SHOW
  • IVAN SHAW’S ‘ISA 180 SEEKER’ PERSONAL MOBILITY AIRCRAFT BREAKS COVER
  • RALLY RECRUITMENT BOOSTS LAA TO OVER 7,800 MEMBERS.

The 2019 LAA Rally continued to prove an enduring success, with over 50 individual trade exhibitors, 779 visiting aircraft and more than 4,000 visitors over the weekend-long event. Despite the challenges posed by the weekend weather and gusting conditions on the Saturday, as well as a more rigid ‘slot’ system imposed by the CAA, Sywell air traffic handled a total of 1,580 movements over the Rally weekend, an average of an aircraft every 1 minute 45 seconds.

  • 779 visiting aircraft.
  • Over 4,000 visitors to the Rally.
  • More than 400 aircraft parked at Sywell on Saturday afternoon.
  • Visitors from Austria, Belgium, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.
  • Sywell air traffic handle 1,580 movements over Rally weekend.

One of the notable events on the Saturday, was a visit from Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon Grant Shapps MP, who flew in to the event and addressed members in the Rally’s ‘Speakers Corner’ auditorium. “I’ve been here for several years in a row” said Shapps. “But I’m here this year, for the first time where I can actually do something directly for aviation. We’ve got a great history in aviation, we’ve got a huge amount of enthusiasm here today, but what I want to do is to make sure we can live in a country where we have a future in aviation. It is at the grass-roots of aviation where it all starts.”

Shapps went on to show his personal knowledge of everything from aerodromes under threat, to the challenges posed by the current lack of lower airspace strategy. “I think it is important that the Government not only says it wants the UK to be a leader in General Aviation, it does something about it.” Shapps went on to say that the Department for Transport is ‘massively expanding’ its aviation staffing and is “directly addressing many of the problems I know you are all familiar with”.

A video of Grant’s speech to LAA members and visitors is available via the LAA website and here.

One of the stars of the 2019 Rally was the public debut of the ISA180 Seeker, designed by Ivan Shaw, best known for the highly successful Europa kit plane and the Liberty XL2 certificated type. The Rotax 912iS-powered machine is what he calls a ‘personal aircraft’, designed to meet Ivan’s ideal personal aerial transport requirements. It is a twin-boomed pusher aircraft that will carry a 6ft 5in tall pilot, a full-size folding bicycle, a tent and personal baggage at a designed 180kts cruise speed.

Further additions to the LAA Permit to Fly fleet will include the future transition of Russian YAK aircraft to LAA oversight, following the signing at the Rally of a letter of agreement by the Head of the CAA GA Unit, Rachel Gardner-Poole. The press release can be found here.

The radial-engined Eastern-bloc training and aerobatic aircraft was represented at the Rally by YAK-52 trainer, G-YAKX, which is operated by a syndicate of owners from Popham airfield in Hampshire. It will become the ‘first of type’ to make the transition to the new system in October.

A meeting of YAK owners, maintainers and stakeholders has been scheduled at LAA HQ, Turweston on Saturday 12 October to discuss future transition arrangements. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Engineering Department for further information.

Judging for the Rally Awards proved harder than ever this year, with an exceptional standard of entry. The Rally’s premier award, The Prince Michael of Kent Trophy was won by Angus Buchanan’s Sequoia F.8L Falco, G-HCBW, but many heads were turned by Mike Fowler’s spectacularly polished natural metal Luscombe Silvaire, G-LUSC, winner of the Best Vintage Award. Another show-stopper was Mk.26 Spitfire G-CJWW, which won its owner Martin Overall both best kit-built and the Pooley Sword for the best replica. As well as building and flying the 7/8-scale replica, Martin is also a regular pilot of the full-size originals! The list of award winners can be found here.

 


Light Aircraft Association

5th September 2019