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 The Ups & Downs of Flight
Mr M Hutchinson

“Take off is optional but landing is obligatory”. It was the description of the execution of this last manoeuvre in a safe and successful manner that formed part of Mike Hutchinson’s talk “The Ups and Downs of Flight” which he also illustrated with well chosen videos.

After the opening videos of two Second World War Aircraft the bf 109 and the B29 we were entertained with a promotional film about the tank-busting A10 and its extremely rapid fire gun.

Mike then went on to tell us about Microlight flying and its limitations. To fly Microlights safely the pilot must always be able to see the ground and must fly above 500 feet except when landing. Misjudged landings and cross wind landings were shown, as was the result of a landing accident due to engine shutdown. This caused the aircraft to hit a hedge at about 45mph and accumulate £ 6,000 worth of damage, fortunately without injury to the pilot and his companion.

Safe flying requires observation and inspection of the serviceability of the aircraft along with

accurate weather forecasts. Mike closed his talk by illustrating all three of these via exceptionally well made home videos of some of his international flights made with his colleague in their jointly owned aircraft.


Not Al Read but Mrs C A Armitage will tell us “Where There’s a Will There’s a Relative” at our next meeting in The Main Hall of Otley Civic Centre at 10-00am on Thursday 30th April.

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