Groundspeed wrote:It may be of interest ref, the Scorpion. I had been told that the Scorpion design rights were bought up by Chris Draper of Medway Microlights with the firm intention that they would never again be built. He, I'm told, had the firm belief that it would always be lethal and it was for the best that it would never again see the light of day.
It was the Pathfinder that was guilty of forming my interest in microlights, as an occassional glider pilot I saw one fly at an air show, the sheer simplicity appealed and wriggle as I might I was hooked.
That sounds like a very Chris Draper thing to do - he was hard work at times, but his heart very much in the right place (and still beating so far as I know, although he's retired and sold up most of the business).
I've been fortunate to fly a few of the very early microlights. Chris' Medway Halfpint was an absolute pleasure. The Chotia Weedhopper was a lot of fun, but as we used to say in certain professional circles "a good Test Pilot School aeroplane". I had a Goldwing for a bit, that I don't think ever failed to frighten me every time I flew it, but was beautiful and very efficient - it would lend itself to a modern version without having to change all that much (maybe get rid of the bomb doors!).
I think that my two favourites however of the early era, both of which I've owned, were a 447 engined Southdown Raven, and the good old Thruster TST. Okay, probably 2nd generation, rather than first, but both an absolute delight to fly - and actually remarkably practical aeroplanes.
I am Spartacus, and so is my co-pilot.