Cessna 441 Conquest

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This Austrian registered OE-FAN Cessna 441 Conquest, brought a party of 5 in all the way from Wiener for the shooting. This was Cessna's first entry in to the jet prop market built in 1981.
Photography by Brian Nicholas

Alpine visitor

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This Pilatus PC/12 visited on 12 October for the shoot, departing the next day.

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Photography by Brian Nicholas

Military visitors

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We were delighted earlier in the month to get a visit by an Aerospatiale SA330 Puma from the Royal Air Force, refuelling on the way back to RAF Benson. Not to be outdone, the Royal Navy sent in, not just one but two AugustaWestland EH101 Merlins. Now we are just waiting for the Army to pop in to tick them off our list!

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Whirly bird

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RAF Valley recently celebrated the end of the RAF Search and Rescue operations. As part of the celebrations, they invited Andrew Whitehouse to bring his Westland WS-55-3 Whirlwind HAR 10. We are delighted that Andrew stopped by at Welshpool for fuel, allowing us to join in the celebrations.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Autumnal Aviators

We are pleased to welcome a new member to our family - Al Roberts has become our newest resident with his Jabiru UL-450.

In addition we have had many visitors including a pair of SIAI Marchetti SF 260, one still with its previous markings.

Of course, this time of year brings some very spectacular helicopters for the shoots. Below we feature two Eurocopter EC135s and an August A109.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

King Air 250

King Air 250

This King Air was one of many recent visitors for the local shoots. For more information on how we can make the most of your shoot experience, please call us on 01938 555560.

Photography by Tania Prior

Piper PA-46 Malibu

Piper PA-46 Malibu

Thanks to Jamie Brown for spotting this Piper PA-46, picking up a passenger on the way to Belgium. The Malibu has set several speed records in the US and with a cruise speed of 196kn (226mph, 363 kmh) it should be back in Belgium in no time!

Royal Danish Air Force

We recently had a visit from the Royal Danish Air Force. Thankfully this time it wasn’t a viking invasion and this friendly bunch replaced their longboats for a pair of SAAB T-17s.
Velkommen!

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May visitors

Over the bank holiday, our favourite photographer has been taking photos of our residents and visitors, including a beautiful new helicopter for Potter Group.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

  • G-BCSL - The faithful old DHC-1 Chipmunk, this aircraft was built in 1951.
  • G-CFFJ - Flight Design CTSW.
  • G-ATHV - Cessna 150F.
  • G-CENA - Dyn' Aero MCR-01 ULC Bambi.
  • G-AYRT - Reims/Cessna F172K Skyhawk.
  • G-TELA - Cessna 152.
  • G-BAJO - Resident, American Aviation AA-5 Traveller.
  • G-BUYS & G-SELL - These two Robin DR400 Regents could have a lot of fun flying over the City.
  • G-COXI - Xtremeair XA42, G-COXI.  Aerobatic trainer and competition.
  • G-POTR - Welshpool based Potter Group, became a new operator of an Agusta A109E Power, with a very appropriate registration.
  • Stuart Hatheral took delivery of the first registered Spacek SRO SD-1 Minisport in the UK.

World in (aerial) motion

You wouldn't expect the world's aircraft to converge on Welshpool over the winter, but that it what seems to be happening. Visitors from France, Germany and the Isle of Man were joined by the US built Christen Eagle II. Meanwhile, as-local-as-they-come Martin and Peter went for an evening jolly to Snowdonia.

  • F-GMXD - French registered Robin DR400 Dauphine
  • D-ETOX - Cirrus SR22 GTS
  • M-YMCM - Isle of Man registered Bell 429 Global Ranger
  • G-KLAW - Christen Eagle II 'Raging Bull'
  • G-ASAU - Rallye 880

Photography by Brian Nicholas

 

Rally-copters

This year's Wales Rally seemed to attract more helicopters that cars, or at least that was the view from Welshpool.

Photography by Brian Nicholas.

  • G-HARA - Sikorsky S76c ofAir Harrods Ltd From Stansted
  • G-IZOB - Eurocopter EC120B Colibri G-TOLI - Robinson R44 Raven
  • G-MEDX - Agusta A109E. Air Ambulance.
  • OO-HCW - Eurocopter AS-350 Ecureuil. Supporting a Belgium Registration and used as a Heli Cam
  • G-ZZOE - Eurocopter EC120B Colibri

Shoot visitors

The shooting season always brings beautiful aircraft to the airport. Just check out these two who popped in:

  • This Isle of Man registered M-JJTL, Pilatus PC-12/47
  • Brand new 2013 Beechcraft Super Kingair 350i

Photography by Brain Nicholas

Chinook

Chinook

This is one of two Chinooks that recently in formation. It’s always a please and we hope to see them once again soon!

Thanks to John Davidson for the photo.

Scooby snaps

Our favourite photographer has been busy snapping away at our recent visitors and has amassed quite a collection – including Scooby Doo!

Photography by Brian Nicholas

  • N134TT - Cessna O-1E Bird Dog, not a copy from C170 from which it was developed. Built in 1957 for Armee de I’air in Algeria. In the markings of US Marines typical of the Vietnam War era.
  • G-GDRV - Vans RV-6, on 8th April 2006 piloted by Manuel De Queiroz completed a solo round the world flight a total distance flown was 27,052 miles and hours flown as it touched down at Gloucestershire Airport was 165 hours and 19 minutes.
  • G-BNUN - Beech P59P Baron, in the markings of British Midland, with out the tail logo.
  • WK512 - DHC-1 Chipmunk 22. Built in 1951 in the colours of the Army Air Corps.
  • G-ASAU - Welshpool's, Juliet Tango Group Moranne Saulnier Rallye Club.
  • Piper PA-34 Seneca II with a bit of Body Art.
  • G-CHWM - Rotorsport UK Cavalon.
  • G-NATT - Rockwell Commander 114A. 1967
  • Piper PA-28 Cherokee, looking in good health.
  • G-NINC - Piper PA-28 Cherokee. Flintshire Flying School, just about to do a touch and go.
  • G-CHHJ - Eurofox 912.
  • G-OECM - Commander 114B. Departing on its way home.
  • Slingsby T61F Venture T Mk2.
Rollason D62B Condor

Rollason D62B Condor

This lovely D62 came to visit us to take in our sunny warm weather.

The Condor was developed by Norman Jones of Rollason Aircraft & Engines from an earlier French design. Proud of his independence and lack of government funding (and in no way taking a swipe at the French), Norman Jones painted onto one of his early Condors “This aircraft is British Made – Private Enterprise and No Taxpayers Money”.

Spring arrival

We are pleased to announce that Spring has finally arrived, and with it our apron is once again busy with visiting aircraft. Below is a selection of our recent visitors.

Photograhy by Brian Nicholas

  • G-SFLY, Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
  • G-BOIR, Cessna 152
  • G-MARKS, Cirrus SR22
  • G-CESZ, CZAW Sportscruiser
  • G-TORA, Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Dusk visitors

With the new year we are pleased to see the evening sun staying out a little longer each night - the only disadvantage is there will be a few less of these beautiful dusk photos from Brian Nicholas.

  • G-WINV, Eurocopter EC155 B1.
  • G-ODSA, Bell 429 (Jet Ranger on steroids), the first VIP for the UK register and only the third in the UK.
  • Cessna catching the last of the day's sun.
  • Our cherished air ambulance returning home.
  • Departing aircraft on our apron.
Lockheed Martin Super Hercules

Lockheed Martin Super Hercules

One of the benefits of having our own airspace is that passing aircraft will let you know in advance that they are passing through and, when asked, are often willing to do a brief fly through. That was the case with this Hercules, which graced us with its presence.

Photography – Brian Nicholas

Winter warmers

Winter may be setting in but the briefest moments of sunshine are enough to send aviators into the sky - and we are pleased to say that it has also set off the shutter on Brian Nicholas's camera:

  • G-WPDD - Eurocopter EC135 P1, checking electric cabling in the area. Although it might seem an extensive way of doing things, the location of the power lines and the advanced equipment on this EC135, make it the most efficient way to check that cables are in good condition.
  • G-BTOE - Brian was a big fan of this Cessna C-165. "A gem, A classic a beautiful aircraft, that's this...four seat cruiser. The last version and most powerful of the Airmaster series in this case a 165 horsepower Warner radial engine. Designed by Dwane Wallace."
  • G-RODC - Steen Skybolt
  • Vans RV-7
  • Piper PA28 Cherokee Warrior
  • Robin R3000

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Gardan GY20 Minicab

Gardan GY20 Minicab

Another aircraft snapped by master photographer Brian Nicholas. The GY20 was built by Yves Gardan in post-war France. It went on to win a series of prizes including le Grand Prix Aérien de Vichy.

Photography – Brian Nicholas

Miles Whitney Straight

We were honored to see this Miles Whitney visiting us. Just 50 were built between 1936 and 1937, almost half of which were brought into military service during the second world war as communications aircraft. Just two are still registered in the UK.

Photography – Nick James

Rutan Long-Ez

The Rutan Long-Ez was designed by Burt Rutan and is designed to be ultra fuel efficient with a range of over 2000 miles. Burt Rutan's older brother Dick, flew one of these aircraft around the world with some legs extending to 14 hours.

If you're thinking that this aircraft looks like a spaceship, you're not too far off. After the Long-Ez, Burt Rutan went on to design SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded spaceship. He is now working with Virgin Galactic on a successor model to take paying passengers into space.

Photography - Brian Nicholas

Summons of the Grummans

The 7th annual Grumman fly-in was hosted by Mid-Wales Airport on 8 & 9 September.

Organised by Graham Baker, the weekend saw aircraft arriving from around the UK and beyond. Of course it's hard work flying across the country so after a pub lunch, the group returned to the airport where fish and chips had been laid on. At least they won't go home complaining they weren't fed!

Photography - Brian Nicholas