>Goodby Ariadne

>Hello and thanks for dropping by if you are reading this.  Since my last post we have had a few new aircraft in, I have bought myself a new Leica bridge camera and my all singing all dancing DSLR has been disposed of via ebay.

Still getting used to it but at least nearly all photographs are truning out first time, so no complaints.

We had our first Twinstar in a while drop past to drop some pax off for a long weekend in Orkney.  I still can’t get used to how quiet they are.  Anhyway here is G-DJET

At around the same time we had a Cessna T303, G-DOLY,  in for a visit.  I never managed to get close so her is a long distance shot on take off.

The first two pictures were taken by my trusty Fuji whih has been with me for a couple of years.  The Leica is about twice the size and just about every control is manual but the proof of the pudding will be when I go to Leuchars in September http://www.airshow.co.uk/

G-CHCX, Super Puma dropped in for a refuel so it was my first opportunity to try the zoom.  Here is the before;

And the after

WE were told we were being visted by Ariadne, a beatiful Hornet Moth which has visted Kirkwall on a number of occasions.  She was on her wat to Sumburgh for a memorial unveiling organised by the Fresson Trust.

And the inside
Reminds you of a vintage limousine.  I am having to rebuild my photos on this blog as years of work and around 900 photos were wiped at a stroke with the demise of my previous blog host so apologies if they look similar.
WE have a new aviation enthusiast in the terminal building who is also an excellent photographer.  Premysl Fojtu (pronounced Foytoo) rushed to get his camera to get his own pics of Ariadne.  Here he is on the left with old friend Mark Preston in the middle and Dick Felix on the right.
While I was down there, I snapped G-SMMB who was overnighting, ably crewed by Dave, Will and Neil
So why the title Godbye Ariadne.  She left us on Friday morning and flew to Sumburgh and then on to Unst where a sever gust of wind lifted the tail on landing, collapsing the undercarriage.  I understand both pilots are fine but Ariadne may not be.  She is to be recovered by road pending inspection.  Here is possibly the last picture I will take of her
Shortly after we waved good bye, we had a short vist from a brand new RV8, which was absolutely stunning.  Here is G-GRVY

And the inside
I thought it was minimalist until I saw this
Reminds me of FSX, many thanks for the guided tour.
We had a few microlights in today, all very different starting off with G-HIYA, Sky Ranger
Then I4558, CT20SW
And, of corse, the inside
And I promised Marco, one of the pilots to post his pic, so here it is!
And a pic of the accompanying Sierra P2002, registration I8282
That’s it for now, will keep snapping and see what I come up with.
I thought I would also give you an update on our project to save XV244 but there is no real news.  After it was withdrawn from disposal because of the LIbya situation, all has gone quiet.  There are rumours abounding but I ignore them until I see facts.
When I have more, will let you know
All the best for now

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