Warner radial back after 70 years

A radial engine that went out of production 70 years ago is to go back into production. The seven-cylinder Warner 185X is a joint venture between Monocoupe Aeroplane Corporation and Warner Engine Company. It follows the launch of Monocoupe Aeroplane Corporation’s kitplane version of the classic 1930s Clip Wing Monocoupe (pictured above, photo courtesy of North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum). …

Black Friday for Fairoaks Airport

Another airfield is being threatened with a ‘garden village’ – this time Fairoaks in Surrey. Businesses at the airfield have been sent a notice from the owners saying the proposal to build ‘high quality’ housing could start as early as 2018. The development would help Surrey Heath Borough Council meet its need for homes, business space and community facilities, says …

Wellesbourne Airfield under threat of demolition

The battle to save Wellesbourne Airfield is back on… and this could be the deciding action. The owners of the airfield and the land have not renewed the leases of businesses on the field and they are due to run out later this month. The local newsapper, the Stratford Herald, has reported the imminent closure of the airfield with demolition …

New operator takes over at Perth Airport

There’s a new operator at Perth Airport in Scotland. ACS Aviation has been bought by Glasgow-based aviation services company Cloud Global who will now offer offers pilot training, fuel supply, engineering and maintenance services for private and commercial aircraft at the airport. Cloud Global director Graeme Frater will be taking over the running of the company, which will have a …

Trust cuts costs and loses staff as Vulcan goes into storage

The last flying Vulcan, XH558m, is to go into storage at the end of January, as the lease expires on her period hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. With no hangar, the Trust which looks after the aircraft has no revenue and is being forced to cut costs. “Over the past six months we have been working with the airport on …

Lancair finds a new owner

Pilots of older, out-of-production Lancair aircraft can breathe a sigh of relief after the sale of the brand to a new owner who appears well qualified to continue support for the popular kitplanes. The buyer is Mark Huffstutler, founder of Texas-based aircraft modification firm Sierra Industries, and his son Conrad Huffstutler. The sale includes all assets, intellectual designs, and ongoing …

Javelin jet resurfaces as USAF trainer

Remember the ATG Javelin jet from the early-2000s? It was an ambitious plan to create a fighter-like personal jet aircraft, attracted considerable funding but eventually disappeared like so many unlikely aviation projects. Or so we thought… Now the Javelin has reappeared as the Stavatti Javelin and it has been entered as a possible candidate as an advanced trainer for the …