It’s just gone midnight as I type this so I have to refer to ‘yesterday’ rather than ‘today’.
I managed to slip down to the airfield on Boxing Day (the 26th) to get MYRO ready just in case it would be possible to have the test flight done the next day (yesterday) but in the event it didn’t happen. But one bit of good news was that when I put fuel in for the first time since I modified the tubing connecting the second tank, the transfer between the tanks was fast enough to be totally usable. That was a big relief as at least all the current messing around will eventually be worth it, as I’ll have over 3 hours-worth of fuel on board with both tanks filled up.
I got a text message saying that the test flight wasn’t going to happen while I was on my way to the airfield but I decided to continue anyway. And I’m glad I did because I ended up having a great time. First I had a cuppa tea and a chat with Chris which I always enjoy and afterwards I got a chance to go for a flight in Chris’s SLA with his son-in-law flying it. We went off to the east over the north of the Isle of Sheppey and then south as far as Linton before turning to head back via the west of Rochester. I got the chance to get a bit of stick time in from the right hand seat so as well as this being the first time I’d been in an SLA, it was also the first time that I’d got to fly one. And I found it to be really good – light and responsive on the controls, well balanced and even with this one’s 80HP engine we were bimbling along at over 75mph. So it’s also a pretty good aircraft for touring when you want to. All in all I came to the conclusion that the SLA is a very under-rated aircraft and that there should be many more of them flying around than there actually are.
When we got back to Stoke, we landed shortly after two Vans RV8s and Dave Stephens’s Mini Mustang had flown in. This was the first time I’d met Dave and found him to be a great bloke, chatting about his Sirocket twin jet engine SSDR that has caused so much of a stir just recently. I had my camcorder with me and took some shots of them all leaving which I added to the video I’d shot earlier of my flight in the SLA. It’s now posted in the Video section or you can view it by clicking on the pic below.