Plenty of Formula 1 air racing news in this month's Light Aircraft Association magazine "Light Aviation". The Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand race is well covered by LAA CEO Steve Slater.
Colin Hales receives the Bill Woodhams Trophy and sad news that Fred Marsh, founder and Chairman of the Formula Air Racing Association UK passed away in October. Fred was the first owner of Rollason Beta "Pie in the Sky".
Des Hart, Yves Clarke, Colin Hales, Jason Skip Crawford, Justin Phillipson, Thom Richard, Tim Cone, Philip Goforth, Lionel Billy Mgl, Steve Temple, Ryszard Zadow, Jerry Marshall are those who get a mention.
Calling all aviation enthusiasts! Just over 15hrs left to bid on this fabulous up-cycled coffee table from the very kind people of www.flugzeugmoebel.de. Made from the fuselage of a Boeing 747-400 from Cathay Pacific Airline, this usually retails for €1,600 and is currently at €400, so you'll bag a real bargain.
It is a unique part and comes with documentation of origin and a small sign with former registration, carrier and date of first service.
All proceeds go to Colin Hales or his chosen good cause. Just as Colin, this has seen the world from above! Bring the big world of aviation to your clubhouse, office or home 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
#TeamColin Update: We're delighted to let you know that Colin is in much better spirits, which is down to the incredible amount of support and well wishes he has received from you all, thank you. What's happened over the last week is starting to settle in.
Colin will undergo surgery on his spine this Wednesday, to pin a split vertebrae back together. He has 2 others that are fractured but these will heal on their own accord hopefully.
The Doctor's believe he'll be up and about 2-3 days after his operation and they would like a medical team, be it in Japan or here in the UK to keep an eye on him for a few weeks, making sure there are no infections caught. #TeamColin's Zanna is trying to arrange medical care here (UK) so as soon as he can walk and board a plane, we will get him back home and help him continue on his road to recovery.
One of the first things Colin wishes to do after his operation is visit the Golf Course he landed in. He has a few dibbits that need taking care of... and he wishes to say thank you for their support and understanding. But, as those of you who have followed Colin on his incredible journey so far will know; he sure loves his team. He can't wait to be reunited with them.
Hello everyone, first of all may we say thank you for all of your well wishes, messages of concern, donations and support for Colin. He is overwhelmed and extremely grateful; truly gutted as you can well imagine and he apologises if he does not get back to you straight away or in person. He thanks you all.
This is a small update to make those aware, who are new to finding out about the KR2 World Tour following Colin's landing, that his website is now operational again - please visit, read and share the background of his fascinating journey.
Colin's condition has not changed since our update last night. Friends and family are scheduling to go out to be with him next week, and plans will be made following his operation to bring him home as soon as possible. ... See MoreSee Less
Wow! We have smashed the Just Giving target in less than a day, we are so eternally grateful to everyone's kind words and donations. Let's keep going! I have just spoken to Colin (he wasn't too angry with me) and he has said that any extra raised that he doesn't need will go to charity. This is very typical of Colin, always thinking of others. He will also thank each and every one of you when he is recovered. He is being well looked after, but is in a lot of pain and understandably is feeling very emotional. He has one cracked vertebrae, one damaged and one lumbar vertebrae split in two. He will be having surgery next week, but in the meantime he is in a body cast and is in the emergency ward, unable to move very much. Thanks, Zanna McKail ... See MoreSee Less
The very kind people of FLUGZEUGMOEBEL.DE are donating the profits from the auction of this Boeing hull plate coffee table to Colin. - many thanks, Zanna McKail In case of confusion, I have admin rights to Colin's KR2 FB page here, so this is Zanna posting, not Colin. ... See MoreSee Less
Very Impressive. Both John McGuinness and Guy had some time learning the new changes on the bikes and were very open to conversation. The new technology on the bikes allows them to be recharged in 3 hours instead of over night as it was before. Both John and Guy, well we all know it, they were both, top, down to earth blokes, talking about high speed stability and aerodynamics, right up my street and were full of smiles and high spirits. Well worth the trip out to the short 'stop start' quirky little track, hidden away in the Forests 70 K's below Tokyo. Thank you all and to Mugen for the sandwiches and view of the bikes. They are a work of sublime art. The Mr. Honda was there as well and we spoke about our flying interests. A superb day. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Guy testing the Mugen Shinden Roku soon in Japan. If anyone’s around the Sodegaura Forest Raceway in Japan on the 10th or 11th April, Mugen said come along and see the bike on track, weather permitting of course. Guy said the Mugen set up in Milton Keynes is spot on and he can't wait to get on his own bike.
Starting to move with flight permission almost sorted and after having a fantastic weekend meeting a great pilot Hank Cheng, first pilot from Hong Kong to fly around the world starting and finishing in Honk Kong in an aircraft built in Hong Kong. It was like meeting myself. When asked why Hank wanted to fly around the world in a small plane he came up with the same reasons I did...! ... See MoreSee Less