Gyroplane Competition Results

The weekend was well attended with pilots, families and enthusiasts alike. Eighteen aircraft flew in with nine taking part in the competition. Due to the morning mist and fog we got off to a later start than planned as aircraft were delayed in departing their home aerodromes. Most notable flights were last years winner, Phil Robinson and Jim Hughes flying down from the South Lakes (and returning the same evening). Despite Phil’s long flying day he was unable to regain his championship crown having to settle for third place with Blue Bottle G-CERF (66points). Second place went to Gerry Speich with his Calidus G-CLDS (69 points) although there was some speculation as to whether his son Ben was actually the handling pilot. Overall honours were taken by Peter Ford with his Calidus G-MAKE (70 points). As you can see a closely contended competition contested in very light winds and glorious sun shine. Aircraft types were well represented with the exception of single seaters but the LAA permit aircraft were represented by a pair of RAF2000’s. The social side of the event cannot be underplayed because of the number of people milling around talking to the pilots, friends and families. An event well worth attending if your interest is in aviation and especially in gyroplanes. here’s to next year…!!!

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