(18th May 2012)
We have had a couple of technical issues this year, both
involving the nose undercarriage. Whilst towing the aircraft
on the apron, the engineers heard a grating sound coming from
around the nose leg. Upon investigation, some wear was discovered
in one of the linkages; some corrosion was also found in the
bolts attaching the nose leg to the fuselage. These bolts
were replaced, which sounds like a minor job. Unfortunately
to gain access to this area of the nose, the cockpit floor
needed to be removed! The nose wheel tyre was also replaced
whilst the aircraft was jacked up as it was worn to limits.
These issues kept WZ507 out of action for a while; we were
also hindered by the now seeming traditional UK spring weather,
which has caused several flights to be postponed… On
a more positive note, the flights we have managed to complete
have shown no problems with our new engine, which is a testament
to the extensive work carried out last year.
At the beginning of May WZ507 went into the hangar for its
annual inspection. This is progressing well, although a few
minor issues have been found. This is not unexpected –
every year small defects are discovered and rectified –
the whole point of these inspections is to pick up any problems
and fix them before they become a major issue.
Hopefully WZ507 will be airworthy again in June and we can
look at returning back to the display circuit again.
Note to Editors:
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please contact Matt Hampton via the VPG web site.
The Vampire is often flying and will visit several airfields
during the year.
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