avion ancien wrote:Thank you, Gordon. Your input is most helpful. It sheds new light the evolution of the Microwave - which, hitherto, I had assumed to be a bespoke design, rather than a modification of an existing microlight.
It's interesting that you mention the Southern Aero Sports Scorpion. I've been researching this microlight as well, particularly the fatal crashes of G-MMMM (Christopher Hawes) and G-MBUN (Lolita Strauss/Anthony Gascoyne) and the near fatal crash of G-MBLI (Graham Hillier). I assume that it is to the latter that you refer when you say that it nearly killed your best mate.
Yes indeed Avion. G-MBLI was our single seater. I am pleased to report that following 18 months of surgery and re-habilitation, Graham completed a successful career and is retired and thriving today, although he understandably never flew again.
Looking back, it was a very exciting time. I flew Eagle Microlights, Quicksilvers, Scorpions, Mirages, Trikes galore, a CP16 (a quite toe curlingly dreadful design), a Weedhopper and many other experimental machines, some of which, in hindsight I should not have attempted.
In these early days, I recall a number of telephone calls to the CAA in an endeavour to regularise my planned activities. I remember their closing response was that they did not currently recognise these early devices as aircraft, but in the unlikely event I should become airborne in our 'experimental machines', that we would still be subject to Air law!!!
Engine failures were a routine occurrance, I had three in one day. Climb to altitude, engine stops due to holed pistons in the Robin 440 engines. Often I would rebuild the engine with a new piston, clean the barrels with acid, then be airborne again the next day.
By all means PM me if I can assist further, I have many photographs and many tall stories from that era.