Further to Andy's comments, I completely support his compliments to Doug Revell on producing the long-awaited follow-up to his 1978 original, which is now dwarfed on my Bookshelf by the latest.
Nonetheless there a few immediate observations that I would like to make, mostly concerning gyros and microlights.
Page 196 VINTEN G-55-2 was NEVER G-BKLZ As I have explained previously in DIGEST for 2001 and later further expanded in 2006, the true situation as established by the late great Ken Wallis (not Wallace as unforgiveably appears in the text due to a lack of proofreading at the later stages of production - through no fault of Doug Revell) from his log books is best explained by repeating what he and I originally wrote:
Wallis-built for Vinten c/n UMA-01 G-BKLZ Regd 08.12.82 as a Vinten Wallis WA-116Mc to W.Vinten Ltd., Bury St Edmunds. Powered by McCulloch 4318A. Flown at Reymerston Hall 20.12.82. Trialled as a radio-controlled unmanned aircraft for military use. Flown (by Ken Wallis) at Reymerston Hall 09.02.83 to test the "fly-by-wire" system, but engine cut-out on take-off. Fuel pump rebuilt and reflown 10.02.83 but Ken Wallis deemed the remote controls to have insufficient back-stick authority and recommended further manned testing prior to fully adopting the remote flying system. However, Vinten decided to proceed with unmanned flying and, after several attempts that damaged the rotor-blades as they struck the ground when angled too far back, finally achieved slightly better results, but only when remotely flown by a very competent radio-controlled model flyer. Nonetheless Vinten decided to give a demonstration to a military gathering in Egypt and it was shipped out accordingly. However, it crashed dramatically in front of the assembled group. [NB: This is NOT the aircraft marked as G-55-2 at Hermeskeil, Germany.]
Vinten-built V-122 Libelle (122 designation based on WA.122/RR G-BGGW demonstrations) Two built against German Army Contract and (abortive) trials carried out at Shipdham in 01.86. G-55-2 flown by Ken Wallis on 06.01.86 fitted with own rotor blades, originally manufactured by Miles Aircraft in 11.61 and managed to just fly in -6 degrees. Re-fitted with Vinten-built blades and, solo with about 3 gallons of fuel aboard, only just managed to lift-off. Even at full throttle it failed to climb away and proved unstable. These abortive attempts by Ken Wallis were performed on 11.01.86. It survives and is exhibited on loan to Flugausstellung L & P Junior Museum - with Vinten B Conditions marks G-55-2 at Hermeskeil, Germany. (Apparently, references to "VJ-22 Autogyro" is a misreading of V-122). The other trials aircraft. G-55-1, has also survived and exhibited as a "Venom", at a very small military museum in Germany (noted 2004). The location was at the Ehrenbreitstein, a military fortress on the east bank of the Rhine near Koblenz
Page 201 CYCLONE AIR SPORTS The correct presentation of the c/ns for G-69-51/G-CTCT & G-69-52/G-CBAI is 00-04-04-94 & 01-02-04-07 respectively.
Page 206/7 P&M AVIATION Add: G-93-1 Ace Aviation Magic/Laser First appeared in public at Popham Microlight Trade Fair 05.07 with B Conditions marks in felt-tip on the instrument panel. At this stage the trike (c/n unknown) with a blue & yellow seat fabric was powered by a Solo 35 engine and with the sailwing G-CENP (AA00126). (As I initially first reported on Page 966/ABN July 2007). After being damaged, this trike was replaced c06.09 with another (MT0115) powered by a Rotax 447, but with the original sailwing. My Popham photo attached.
The c/n of P&M Hyper G-93-11 was 8743 and became G-CKHY 16.05.17
Page 207 ROTORSPORT The first use of G-94-1 and exhibited at PFA Rally 08.06 was the airframe that became G-CDZZ (Rotorsport c/n RSUK/MT-03/002). The second use was on AutoGyro MT-03 G-CEHM (Rotorsport c/n RSUK/MT-03/004) prior to 10.06 The third known use was on the Cavalon at Popham 05.19 as shown.
Page 207 THE LIGHT AIRCRAFT COMPANY LTD Sherwood Scout G-A2-001 first appeared at the Popham Microlight Trade Fair in April 2017 and reappeared at the 2018 event, becoming G-CLAK on 20.06.18
One more note from me, regarding the photo of Wasp G-17-4 on page 138. The caption states it was 84, which is supported by the text. But the photo clearly shows that the aircraft wears serial 87 on the nose... Andy