Close – Oh So Very Very Close Now
If you have been down to the private hangar precinct behind the BVSAC hangar on almost any Saturday for the last 2 years or so, chances are you have seen the Ratcliffe brothers, Ian, Peter and David busily at work preparing their homebuilt aircraft for flight. The high wing Zenith CH750 was built by Peter and David with the low wing CH650 constructed by Ian.
Any aircraft builder will readily confirm that when the aircraft has been finally relocated to the hangar, it’s 90% done with 90% still to go. And so it has been for the Ratcliffe’s, with seemingly endless tinkering, adjusting and fine tuning of the engines, cooling, instrumentation and flight control systems. After all that work there is now a little bit of cosmetic work to be done such as repainting cowls where adjustments have been made and sprucing up the interior trim.
However: The good news is that both aircraft have now flown their initial test flights with no dramas whatsoever. As the hours are being flown off to achieve full registration, the flight envelopes are being expanded and overall performance checked to confirm the designer’s specifications. So hopefully, in the very near future, there will be another 2 aircraft located at Watts Bridge, with Ian Peter and David all set to finally exercise their piloting skills as they go adventuring to other airfields around the district. Well done gentlemen!!
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield
Post Office Box 98,
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield,
801 Cressbrook-Caboonbah Rd,