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3 remanded for trafficking narcotics

first_imgThree men were on Wednesday refused bail when they appeared at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court on two separate charges of trafficking in narcotics.The three men are Devash Reshiram, Anthony Carmichael, and Leon Burnet. They allegedly had a total of 18.6 kilograms (41 pounds) of marijuana on Monday in two separate incidents.Reshiram was charged with one offence while Carmichael and Burnet were jointly charged for the other.From left to right: Devash Reshiram, Anthony Carmichael and Leon BurnetReshiram, 20, of 38 Palmyra Village, East Canje, Berbice, was arraigned before Magistrate Rondel Weaver for trafficking 10 kg (22 pounds) of the illegal plant.According to the Police, Reshiram, the driver of motor car PWW 3313, was on Monday last found with the drug in the car he was driving.Acting upon information, ranks stopped the motor car and conducted a search and one black travelling bag containing three bulky parcels wrapped in transparent plastic which contained leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis were found, along with one blue and black travelling bag containing two bulky parcels wrapped with clear tape containing a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.He pleaded not guilty to the charge. He is being represented by Attorney Joel Edmonds.Reshiram claimed that two men gave him the bags to drop at Abary and he saw the Police and stopped. Bail was refused and the defendant was expected to make his next court appearance on February 21.The crashed car which allegedly had the marijuana  Meanwhile, appearing before the same magistrate were Carmichael and Burnet. It is alleged that on Monday, January 29, at Fort Wellington, they had in their possession 8.6 kg (19 pounds) of compressed marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.According to the Police, Carmichael and Burnet, both of West Coast Berbice (WCB), were in a speeding motor car which breached a police cordon in front of the Fort Wellington Police Station about 02:00h causing ranks to take evasive action.The car was subsequently pursued and crashed into a tree at Number 23 Village, WCB. As Police approached, two occupants were seen exiting the vehicle and entering another which departed at great speed. While being pursued, the vehicle veered into a street at Number 27 Village and ended up in a nearby trench, from where two males were seen exiting into the unlit street.The driver, a 22-year-old Onderneeming, West Coast Berbice resident, who is employed as a driver with a water company, was arrested while in the process of disposing of a bag which was found to contain 19 parcels of compressed cannabis.Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge of trafficking in narcotics.last_img read more

Lethem Hospital to become regional institution – Dr Cummings

first_imgMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, along with a team of senior health officials, visited the Lethem Hospital in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) to address a number of issues affecting the health sector in that Region.A section of the staff of the Lethem Hospital gathered to meet with Minister within the Health Ministry, Dr Karen CummingsIn a meeting, the staff of the Lethem Hospital expressed their concerns to the Minister.Minister Cummings stressed that health-care protocols should be observed by all staff working in the Hospital. “A team is as strong as the weakest link so we want everybody on board, singing from the same page so protocols for all healthcare procedures must be observed, all staff must work together to achieve this,” Dr Cummings urged.Another issue was that of referrals. One doctor explained that when a patient was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, the patient is usually asked to return to complete the treatment which would be costly, transportation wise. The doctor added that although there was the Amerindian hostel available in Georgetown to accommodate individuals, there were many complaints of the poor living quarters at the facility.Staff attached to the Maternal and Child Health Department in the Region requested the provision of transportation to assist in providing health services to persons in need in the sub-regions.Minister Cummings charged the Regional Health Officer, along with the Regional Executive Officer, to take into consideration the issues which were raised and to seek to address them in a timely manner.last_img read more

Oil & Gasoline Prices Drop but not at Pumps

first_imgOil prices are rising after the U-S government said today, American crude supplies fell unexpectedly last week. Light sweet crude for September delivery is up a dollar and 84 U.S. cents, to nearly $115 a barrel, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The advance is for the time being halting a month-long slide, which took crude prices nearly 35-dollars below a July 11th high of $147.27 a barrel. Meantime, the new cross Canada survey of retail gasoline prices shows the national average has again dropped below a dollar and 30 cents a litre. Close to two-thirds of the sixty centres on the survey recorded a price drop but, once again for the sixth week in a row, Fort St. John filling stations ignored the drop in crude prices, and posted a common price of a $1.454. – Advertisement -That is higher than any price on the survy except the dollar 53 point three in Yellownife and, is now more than 20 cents higher than the five city survey average in Alberta of a dollar 24 point nine. Through it all we have not heard of one single public objection from any of the area’s elected political leaders, at any level of government.last_img read more

Injury blow for West Ham! Sam Allardyce claims Hammers pair may miss the rest of the season

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins may not play again this season.Sakho injured a thigh muscle against Stoke on April 11, while defender Tomkins dislocated his shoulder in the gym back in March.And Allardyce has now revealed that both players may play no further part in West Ham’s current campaign.“It is touch-and-go whether we can get Sakho back before the end of the season and the same with James Tomkins,” said Allardyce.“Obviously we know that Andy [Carroll] is out until next season.” Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins 1last_img read more

LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL

first_imgA leading Donegal solicitor has strongly condemned plans to remove the Chapel at Letterkenny General Hospital and replace it with a ‘Peace Room.’ Since the hospital was flooded in July, the Chapel has been closed because of severe damage.But it has now been revealed that the Chapel may not re-open. Letterkenny-based solicitor Cathal Quinn has condemned the plans saying this is not the first time the HSE have acted the wishes of the Catholic population.“It should come as no surprise to us that the latest Catholic target of the HSE is our Chapel in Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH), and with it the permanent public presence there of the Blessed Sacrament for the adoration and immeasurable consolation of its Catholic staff, patients, their loved ones, and those bereaved.“Many of us have not forgotten that it was the HSE that compelled the Catholic Chaplains of the LGH to remove a tabernacle housing the Blessed Sacrament from a “shared” prayer space for those of all faiths in the Donegal Hospice, claiming that its presence there was inconsistent with their notion of such a shared space.“And what does the HSE now propose to substitute for our Chapel in the LGH – why, a shared prayer space for the use of those of all faiths, of course, where, once again, and in keeping with the HSE’s idea of consistency, there will prove to be no room for Jesus in the reserved Blessed Sacrament. “If nothing else, the HSE’s announcement might be considered seasonal,” he said. LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cathal QuinnchapelHSEletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

The world’s highest paid footballers 2017 – Top 20 revealed and ranked

first_img 3. Neymar of Barcelona earned £28.6m ($37m) in the last year 14. In the last year, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard totalled earnings of £14.6m ($18.9m) 20 4. Gareth Bale of Real Madrid earned £26.3m ($34m) in the last year 9. James Rodriguez of Real Madrid totalled earnings of £16.9m ($21.9m) in the last year 20 18. Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce totalled earnings of £13.8m ($17.8m) in the last year =15. Graziano Pelle of Shandong Luneng earned a total £14m ($18.1m) in the last year 20 20 13. Thiago Silva of PSG earned £15.5m ($20m) in the last year 17. In the last year, Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas earned £13.9m ($18m) 20. Mesut Ozil of Arsenal totalled earnings of £13.5m ($17.5m) in the last year – click the right arrow to see the world’s highest paid football players in 2017 20 20 20 11. PSG star Angel Di Maria earned a total £15.8m ($20.5m) in the last year 6. Wayne Rooney of Manchester United earned a total £18.2m ($23.6m) in the last year 20 20 10. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba earned £16.4m ($21.2m) in the last year =15. Manchester City’s Yaya Toure totalled earnings of £14m ($18.1m) in the last year 20 12. In the last year, Hulk of Shanghai SIPG totalled earnings of £15.5m ($20.1m) 20 19. Barcelona’s Gerard Pique earned a total £13.7m ($17.7m) in the last year 8. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero earned a total of £17.5m ($22.6m) in the last year 20 1. Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid is the highest paid footballer, and highest paid sportsman, in the world, with earnings totalling £71.9m ($93m) in the last year 20 20 20 20 5. Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic totalled earnings of £24.7m ($32m) in the last year 20 7. In the last year, Barcelona’s Luis Suarez totalled earnings of £18m ($23.3m) Transfer fees and wages in football have rapidly increased in size in recent years, and the biggest names in the game are now some of the higest earning sportsmen in the whole world.The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi earn massive wages playing for their clubs, on top of the numerous sponsorship deals they have with a multitude of brands.Ronaldo and Messi are two of the highest earning people in the entire world of sport, but who makes up the list of highest paid footballers?Forbes have released their sporting richlist for the year of 2017, and talkSPORT present the 20 highest paid football players in the world right now, calculated using total earnings made in the last year.*USD to GBP exchange rate correct as of June 8, 2017 20 2. Lionel Messi of Barcelona totalled earnings of £61.8m ($80m) in the last year 20 20last_img read more

ANGER AS OIL THIEVES STRIKE AT HOMES IN BUNCRANA

first_imgFIVE homes on the same estate in Buncrana have been raided by oil thieves.Cllr Ciaran McLaughlin today called for vigilance after the thefts on the Summerhill estate in recent days.“One woman who was mopping her kitchen floor, left her back door open to dry the floor and in came one of the thieves and then made a hasty retreat when he saw the woman,” he said. “Another victim of the oil thieves came out on Tuesday morning to find parts of his oil tank on the ground and oil spilt over the street, he said the mess was unreal and another victim of the oil thefts has bought and put up barbed wire to try and prevent his property being robbed again.”Cllr Mc Laughlin added: This is outrageous,that people can’t even be sure the fuel to heat their homes is now safe.“This makes it 10 oil thefts in buncrana in the last two months and I would appeal to the public to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to the gardai.”   ANGER AS OIL THIEVES STRIKE AT HOMES IN BUNCRANA was last modified: April 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGER AS OIL THIEVES STRIKE AT HOMES IN BUNCRANAlast_img read more

HERE WE GO AGAIN AS DOUBLE WEATHER ALERT FOR WIND, RAIN, SLEET AND SNOW

first_imgA DOUBLE weather alert has been issued for Donegal for later today.Met Eireann, the BBC and Sky News are all warning of extremely heavy rain for the county – with high winds – and rain and sleet turning to snow.There is a possibility of up to 5cm of snow over the hills of Donegal this Friday afternoon. Met Eireann says there is the potential for up to 45mm of rain across the country between 6am today and 6am on Saturday morning. The worst of the weather will arrive in Donegal late morning and early afternoon.The forecaster has issued a special snow-ice warning in a separate Yellow Alert.The worst of the weather will hit Britain where the next storm is already being dubbed Ferocious Friday.The latest warnings are below: STATUS YELLOWRainfall Warning for Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Donegal, Monaghan and CavanHeavy rain in all areas. Between 30 and 45 mm in 24 hours.Issued:Thursday 13 February 2014 10:00Valid:Friday 14 February 2014 06:00 to Saturday 15 February 2014 06:00 STATUS YELLOWSnow-ice Warning for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Kildare, Longford, Westmeath and MeathA band of heavy rain is expected to move northwards during Friday, and is likely to be preceded by a spell of snow for a time in parts of Connacht, Ulster and north Leinster with accumulations of 3 cm in places. The snow will turn to rain later in the day and early Friday night and lying deposits should melt.Issued:Thursday 13 February 2014 15:00 Valid:Friday 14 February 2014 10:00 to Friday 14 February 2014 17:00HERE WE GO AGAIN AS DOUBLE WEATHER ALERT FOR WIND, RAIN, SLEET AND SNOW was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BBC Northern Irelandbreaking newsdonegaliceMet Eireannsky newssnowweather alertlast_img read more

“Impressive” – the Memory Capabilities of Honeybees

first_img“Over the past decade, work on the honey bee has provided growing evidence that insects are not simple, reflexive creatures,” begins a paper in PNAS by international scientists.1  “The brains of honey bees are very small, but their ability to learn and memorize tasks is impressive.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)    With clever experiments, they put test bees through their paces.  They found them able to discern between relevant and irrelevant clues when lost, findings that “point to a remarkably robust, and yet plastic, working memory in the honey bee.”  See also the 02/15/2005 entry on honeybee mental mapping capabilities.1Zhang et al., ”Visual working memory in decision making by honey bees,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0501440102, published online before print March 28, 2005.Bee aware: among all their expressions of amazement about the capabilities built into such a tiny insect, the authors made no mention of evolution in their paper.  That may sting the Darwinists but create a real buzz elsewhere, honey.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sling planes soar to new heights

first_imgThe Sling aeroplane, manufactured by The Airplane Factory, is known as one of the most reliable and affordable light sport aircraft in the world. Company owners and airplane enthusiasts, Mike Blyth and James Pitman, have written the plane into aviation folklore after flying it around the world twice. (Image: Aaron Gautschi) • Andrew Pitman Marketing director The Airplane Factory +27 76 498 7391 +27 (0)11 948 9898 andrew@airplanefactory.co.za • Robots that can savce miners’ lives• SA engineer to help build Bloodhound • Bloodhound brings world focus to South Africa• SA air school, Boeing in unique deal• SA’s inflatable hovercraft By Shamin ChibbaThe little two-seater Sling 2 aeroplane buzzes through the amber sky, high above the town of Meyerton in Gauteng. The 3-D display screen indicates that it is flying at an altitude of 6 700 feet and at a speed of 120 knots – about 220 kilometres an hour. Holding the lever of the plane, you cannot help but be awed by the raw power at your command. It gives you the sense that you are holding your – and your co-pilot’s – destiny in your hands.The Sling 2 is one of South Africa’s best aeronautical exports in recent years, with 160 planes sold worldwide. And its story begins with a bit of aviation romance. It was designed and developed by Mike Blyth and James Pitman, two aviation enthusiasts looking to build the perfect light sport aircraft (LSA). Once it was finished, in 2009, they took their homemade plane and flew around the world in 40 days.Covering more than 45 000 kilometres, they stopped in 14 countries, including the United States, where they attended the Airventure Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Sao Tome; Guinea; Brazil; and Malaysia. “The amazing thing was that we could design and develop an aircraft ourselves, get into it and in 40 days zoom all around the world in this little aeroplane we dreamed of making,” says Blyth.But the trip led to something even bigger. When Pitman and Blyth returned, they decided to turn their passion into a business venture and started up The Airplane Factory. The company produces some of the world’s most reliable light aircraft out of its hangar in Tedderfield Airpark, situated in the dusty town of Eikenhof between Johannesburg and Vereeniging. To prove just how stable the plane is, the team flew two more long distance flights in 2011 and 2013.“Just Google ‘best handling LSA in the world’ and you’ll see the Sling,” says Blyth. “It’s become very popular in many parts of the world.”The company has grown so rapidly in the last five years that it now employs 115 factory workers who turn sheets of metal into the beautiful Sling. Engineers at The Airplane Factory push one of their customer’s Slings into the service hangar at Tedderfield Airpark where the company is situated. The planes have to be serviced at least once a year or after every 100 hours of flying. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Veteran of flightBlyth, 60, may have been designing and developing aircraft for a great many years, but he did not know his passion, and his life’s work, would lie in aviation until he was 30 years old.His background is in engineering and his first venture was in the trucking industry. It quickly went bankrupt as he did not have the business acumen at the time to run it. It was not until 1984 that he found his passion in the skies. “When I was trying to find something to do again, I met this chap who took me flying and immediately felt this was great and decided to make a career of it.”Blyth threw himself into the world of flight, becoming an instructor and a designer of aircraft. He started developing and flying trikes, which he describes as motorised hang gliders. It led him to the World Microlight Championships in 1992, which he won, a first for South Africa.His first long-distance flight with the vehicle was from Cape Town to the northernmost tip of Norway, to a place called North Cape. His second flight with the trike was a nine-month trip with Swiss pilot Olivier Aubert in 1999, from the southern tip of South America to the top of North America. In 2004, Blythe and Aubert completed another trike expedition, this time flying from the Mozambican to the Namibian coast.But it was not until 2009 that he built the Sling, which would take him around the world for the very first time. Co-owner of The Airplane Factory, Mike Blyth, discovered flight 30 years ago after failing as a businessperson in the trucking industry. He has since circumnavigated the world twice, flown two long distance flights on a microlight and has won the World Microlight Championships in 1992. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Birth of the SlingWalk into The Airplane Factory’s reception area, and there is a large wing standing behind the receptionist’s desk. “That is part of the first prototype,” says Blyth. That particular Sling lasted just six months before the designers decided to scrap it. But they kept the wing as a reminder of how far the company has come in the five years since its establishment.Before the Sling, Blyth sold Rotax aircraft engines he imported from Austria. But engine sales were dipping and he had just sold another microlight venture, called Rainbow Aircraft, to a business partner. So he looked to design a new kind of plane. “I had been involved in many microlight manufacturing businesses before. And I wanted to develop a slightly better aircraft than I had been making before.”He put together a small team that included a draughtsman, an engineer and himself, and started working on the plane. A few years later, Blyth met Pitman, who had a passion for flight. Blyth did not have enough cash to start the business, and Pitman decided to channel funds into what became The Airplane Factory.They built the first prototype together, says Blyth. “We got the first aircraft into the air. We flew around for about six months, getting the controls and the engine right, and then scrapped it because it wasn’t perfect. We didn’t want an aircraft going into the marketplace that was not 100%.”A person at Denel helped with the aerodynamics of the second prototype, and Blyth decided to take the Sling to the skies. As a result, its handling, size and ergonomics turned out to be perfect, he says. The 3-D display screen that comes fitted in all Sling aeroplanes are designed and made in South Africa. It displays altitude, speed and even a three-dimensional rendering of any landscape that the plane flies over. (Image: Shamin Chibba)After the Sling 2 proved to be a success, Blyth and Pitman brought in a third shareholder, production director Jean d’Assonville, to build a four-seater aeroplane they called the Sling 4. The three owners completed a second round-the-world trip in 2011, flying eastwards in their new four-seater plane.In September 2013, the team completed a three-legged long distance flight with the Sling 2. Blyth and his son flew to Oshkosh, with Pitman flying from the US to England and his brother, Andrew Pitman, flying back to South Africa. The month-long trip cost them about R180 000 (about $17 400).There were no major problems with the Sling 4, but the troubles the pilots did experience were beyond their control. For Andrew, the company’s marketing manager, refuelling at airports in Africa that did not have fuel pumps took up to five hours. “You have to take your two 25-litre jerry cans out the airport, into a taxi, to a petrol station, back to the airport, through customs, out on to the runway, fill it up then go out again. And we have these long-range fuel tanks on our Oshkosh planes that take 450 litres of fuel.”But still, refuelling, says Andrew, was not as big a problem as the rigid bureaucracy at these airports. He first had to clear customs and “prove that you are a real pilot even though you’ve arrived in this tiny aeroplane”. Thereafter, he would have to run to several offices just to pay for landing and parking fees. Along the way, officials would ask for bribes to hasten the process.But The Airplane Factory has a strict policy against bribes, he stresses. “When someone tried to [solicit a bribe from] us we would say, ‘No, we will just sit here and wait until a high official comes around.’ So we didn’t end up spending a whole lot of money.” Stringent testing and quality control Mike Blyth does a mandatory inspection of a newly built plane before taking it on a test flight. According to Blyth, such meticulous inspections and quality control measures have made the Sling one of the most reliable light sport aircraft in the world. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Just outside the service hangar, d’Assonville lands on the tarmac with a Sling fresh off the production line. Andrew explains that he is testing the plane before it is shipped off to a training school in Australia. The test includes an all-round inspection of the plane while it is on the ground, followed by five flights to check for faults.According to Blyth, there have been no recorded problems with aircraft the company has sold. There have been a few minor incidents, but Andrew points out that these have not been the company’s fault. “When [Blyth] says minor he means in terms of no injuries at all. He also means that it’s been completely pilot error and not the fault of the aeroplane.” Sling is cheap and economicalAndrew says the company now manufactures two Sling 2 models – the original 700 kilogram plane and the 600 kilogram light sport aircraft. “The LSA category is useful for us because they are sold worldwide as factory built planes. Anything above 600 kilograms has to be a certified aircraft to be factory built. Our planes are non-type certified, a slightly less stringent form of certification we apply to. It is the reason we can sell our planes as cheap as they are.”Sling planes are marketed towards general aviation pilots, those who want to use them for personal use. A typical certified four-seater plane can cost as much as R6-million. However, since the Slings are non-type certified, they can be sold for R1-million. But this does mean they can only be used for hire-and-fly and training planes and not for charter flights. A factory worker feeds a sheet of metal into the sensory punch machine, which presses out parts that would eventually be bent into various components for the plane. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Andrew says the biggest advantage of the Sling is that it takes petrol, otherwise known as mogas, which is cheaper than aviation gas (avgas) and jet fuel. “In Accra, Ghana, avgas costs R78 per litre. So it would cost you R30 000 to fill up the plane. But normal mogas costs R6 per litre. So there’s a huge difference in price.”It is also economical, he says. The 150-litre fuel tank in the Sling 2 can give a pilot up to 11 hours of flying and the 168 litres on the Sling 4 as many as eight hours. This translates to 2 200 kilometres in the two-seater and 1 800 kilometres in the four-seater. Big in America The Sling is pictured flying over Santa Monica Pier in California. The plane has become so popular in the United States that The Airplane Factory has opened up a branch just outside of Los Angeles. (Image: Aaron Gautschi)Besides selling factory assembled planes, the company also produces kits for customers who want to build at home. The biggest market for this product is the United States, followed by Brazil, Australia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.The company’s success in the US has been possible because it has certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, which tests the safety of aircraft used in that country. As a result, it has built up a large client base and has even set up a branch in California. “The biggest market for general aviation is America. It is the leader and the rest of the world looks to them for trends, so we need to have a strong presence there.”The company is located at Torrance Airport, just outside Los Angeles. “At the moment it’s not so much a factory,” says Andrew. “It’s a chief executive, a marketing guy, and a few workers assembling kits. We have a flying aeroplane there for customers to go on demo flights.”Though one kit has been sold to a customer in Poland, it is difficult for The Airplane Factory to enter the European market because the company does not comply with the European Agency of Safety and Aviation (Easa) certification laws. However, James met Easa officials in Belgium this month to discuss the criteria needed to obtain certification. The futureAfter the success of The Airplane Factory, Blyth’s dreams for the company are flying as high as his planes. Though all three Sling models have proven reliable among pilots worldwide, Blyth believes the plane can be improved. “If you are an engineer you are always looking for ways to improve it. For instance, I would like to try a slightly different wing and a lot of little different things to streamline it.”Within the next year, he is looking to design a new high-winged version of the Sling 4. He is also set on building a faster twin engine aircraft. “One day, when I’m sitting on a beach somewhere, we’ll do jets. Eventually we’ll do airliners. There is no point in putting this amount of effort and only doing this. Take the business, hand it to your kids and let them take it to a new level.”For Andrew, The Airplane Factory’s success is down to just one thing: the passion the team has for flight. “People ask us why we still fly to Oshkosh and around the world; they say we don’t have to prove the aeroplane anymore,” says Andrew. “But our answer is we don’t do it to prove the aircraft, we do it because we love doing it.”last_img read more

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