The core of a TSIOL-550, has just returned from Germany following overhaul and is now being prepared to be reunited with its Extra 400.
There are 33 PA-31s on the CAA register and we work on nearly half of them. The team has been them over 80 years (combined) experience and includes one of the world’s experts!
As a Part 145 organisation we work on aircraft from three Flying Schools. Here is a ‘brace’ of Piper PA-38 Tomahawks.
We have an unusual visitor in at the moment, a Slepcev Storch. A 3/4 replica of the Fieseler Fi 156. This one runs on an LAA Permit. It is flown in a pair with a Piper L4 to re-enact the last dogfight of WW2, where the L4 with pistols forced the Storch to the ground!
After on going engine problems away, it was decided to get it back to its home hanger space. A recovery was requested, so wing off and after some careful loading it was a ‘inelegant lorry leg’ for a capable touring aircraft.
A really interesting L4 Cub into us for its annual and permit inspection. Used for static and flying displays, it has lots of original parts and some nice replica points.
The FireFly in for an annual and avionics upgrade. The seals needed replacing in the brake master. British, probably one off engineering item!
In on an annual and the wing spar was found to be exfoliating. The third one of these we have replaced. After a frame is put in to support the fuselage, it’s wing off and remove 400 plus rivets. Spars are sent from New Zealand where a version of the aircraft continues to be made.
Seneca in for maintenance including magneto and propeller overhaul.
This wee Grumman AA1 in very nice condition, needed an annual and ARC. Interesting aircraft with some build material combinations that need a closer look, the fuel tank/main spa and the aluminium honeycomb wing bonded together. Wing trailing edge is bonded metal. Cowlings in fibreglass.