This page documents powered ultralight (and similar) operations at Newton Peveril in Dorset, England.
Gary D and I flew from Newton Peveril to Kimmeridge, where we had a cafe breakfast before heading back. By the time we returned to the airfield, thermal turbulence was too strong to get down on the narrow grass strip, so we landed in a plowed field a mile away.
Gary D lifts off with ‘ZZ’ navigating in a Pegasus Quasar. The power lines across the threshold have been rerouted underground since I took this photo in 2007.
The high atmospheric pressure over southern England in the summer of 2018 caused a heat wave with turbulence (according to pilot reports) but, in the calmer evenings, it was good for powered ultralights and similarly lightweight aircraft.
Simon’s take-off run was so short and his angle of climb so steep, I was unable to follow it with the camera quickly enough to obtain a photo.
As Chris’ expression indicates, he did not like the handling of this craft!
The tall fellow in the helmet, Sam S, flew this aircraft next. The guy shading his eyes is hang glider pilot Gary D, who flew it after Sam. Gary had a surprise waiting for him.
The CFM Shadow, created by former jet bomber pilot David Cook, is based on the VJ-23, a 3-axis controlled hang glider designed in the 1970s by Volmer Jensen of California.
Gary D’s take-off and initial climb out were uneventful, then the engine stopped. The fields ahead were high in crop, so he brought it around for a ‘dead stick’ landing down-wind on the strip from where he had taken off less than a minute earlier.
Every time I climb in to Gary’s (or anyone else’s) power trike, I hear “Don’t step on the fibreglass floor,” or similar. It is merely a streamlined cocoon and not strong enough to stand on. I obtained inexpensive cardboard stencils via eBay and, with the addition of sellotape and acrylic paint, I painted NO STEP markings on the floor in August 2018.
This topic continues in Defying Newton 2, more powered ultralight operations at Newton Peveril in Dorset, England.
Three-sixty degree appraisal (my flying 1976) including a photo of Chris S flying an early hang glider
Power section of my page about the British hang glider manufacturer Skyhook Sailwings
Sticks and rudders in Hang gliding before 1973 on Hang Gliding History for images of the VJ-23