For today’s episode of Flying Podcast we’re looking at the world of microlights and light sport aircraft here in the UK and where better to do that than at the Popham Microlight Trade Fair held, not surprisingly, at Popham airfield in Hampshire. In this episode you’ll be hearing from most of the main manufacturers and importers of light sport aircraft in the UK.
Having missed Dave Bremner at the Flying Show a few weeks ago, I eventually caught up with him.
We all know what great strides microlighting has made in the last few years and what relatively cheap fun it provides for thousands of aviators but today I wanted to find out more about what the governing body gets up to. So who better to speak to than one of the bigger cheeses at the British Microlight Aircraft Assoc.
For today’s episode of Flying Podcast I went down to the Flying Show at Birmingham’s NEC. I had interviews lined up with Breezer UK, The Light Aircraft Company, Dave Sykes, GASCo and the Airspace & Safety Initiative. An interesting cross section of the people attending the show I think.
The show was pretty much as it had been in previous years, not overly busy but there were plenty of interesting folk to chat to. So all-in-all probably worth going down to if you’re into aviation. We arrived at 11.30 on the Sunday and the traffic into the NEC wasn’t too bad. The £10 parking fee is a bit steep but they have a bit of a monopoly going on there so we have to stump up the cash.
Episode 32 of Flying Podcast sees me back up to York to interview Peter Davies. Peter is an instructor on gyrocopters for the Gyrocopter Experience. He currently runs their Preston franchise. Quite by chance, when I was reading about gyrocopters I came across Peter’s name and I was fascinated to read about his experiences in the world of aviation. His flying pedigree goes way back to the early days of hang gliding and microlighting here in the UK and so I thought he’d make a good candidate to appear on the podcast.
A visit to the annual SPLASH Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC.
I spoke to several of the exhibitors including Clive Coote from Yuneec who are developing an all electric aircraft, Mike Barnard from the LAA and Dave Unwin, Editor of Today’s Pilot Magazine. I was interested to learn about any new developments in light aviation, both from a technical point of view and legal.
Flying Podcast is aimed at aviators in the UK.
On this podcast we’ll be chatting to flyers of all kinds.
Hopefully we’ll be out there talking to anyone that has an interest in flying whether it be fixed wing, rotary, balloon, glider… anything.
Speaking to people that fly just for fun or to professionals that can maybe guide you and me through the maze of flight training.
So, if all goes to plan, we can maybe be entertained and learn something along the way.
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