February 2021 Issue of Light Aviation






  • Chairman’s Chat - Tim Hardy says bone up on flight planning for preparedness when we fly again.
  • News - Brexit hiccoughs, AERO Friedrichshafen new July date, Ernie Horsfall 103rd birthday fly-in.
  • Letters - Reminiscences about Currie Wot Airymouse.
  • Project News - An RV-14A build in 20 months and a Europa Motorglider completion after 21 years.
  • Heath Parasol - An exquisite rebuild is underway by new owner Colin Essex.
  • Staff projects - Francis Donaldson’s complex fuselage repair on his Fournier RF47 prototype.
  • Weight and Balance - Brian Hope discusses ways to digitise your W&B calculations.
  • Luscombe Lockdown - Duncan Campbell on a busy year despite minimal flying.
  • Flybox - LAA Inspector Phil Hall visits the Italian digital instrument maker.
  • Why do we do it - Lloyd Edwards’ new aircraft pre-lockdown trip from Bedfordshire to Cornwall.
  • PAW Vector - Keith Vinning explains PilotAware’s new, free to use, EC efficiency tester, VECTOR.
  • Struts4U - Anne Hughes looks back at the history of some of the earlier Struts.
  • Sonex - The ‘marmite’ Sonex masquerades as poor man’s RV with startling, if quirky, performance.
  • Where to Go - Growing number of dates on the calendar for 2021 but already some ‘Covid’ changes.
  • Safety Spot - Jabiru hinges, airspeed indicators and Stampe propeller failures.
  • Coaching Corner - David Cockburn says Instructors are better info sources than the internet.
  • Meet the Members - Adventurous Ruth Kelly, paraglider, sailor and aerobatic RV-8 flyer.
  • CEO thoughts - Steve Slater says don’t abuse ‘engine care’ flights or we may risk losing them.