An hour's test flight apparently. So due at Coningsby at 3:30pm, by that timing. Hope everyone there enjoys this afternoon.
Do we know which airshows the old lady is intended to be seen at this year, if all goes well?
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They are hoping to be at Cosford on 1st June. But it's a close call. All depending on whether they can get the paperwork withh the CAA, and a display routine completed by then.
All being well possibly Kemble in mid June, then should be all systems go for Waddington, Fairford and Farnborough in July.
Fantastic, I'll book my ticket for Fairford now then
I am just day dreaming now but it would be good seeing it do a fly past with the Red Arrows and a couple of Eurofighters!
Don't forget though it will be at Waddington before Fairford and the Waddington airshow is looking like being the best one for quite a few years.
XH558 returned to Bruntingthorpe this afternoon following tests at Coningsby yesterday.
TVOC have updated their website with this message:-
Excellent news from TVOC today. Seems they have some financial backing for the rest of this season.
Hopefully the CAA will clear the Vulcan's permit to fly soon, then roll on next month.
Wow, wow, wow. News from Waddington today is that the Vulcan's permit to fly has been granted, and possibly the display authorisation too.
Any of you heading to Waddo this weekend, hopefully you'll see her performing in the flying programme.
More news. Confimation from TVOC that she has indeed received the display authorisation, and Waddington will be the first display venue.
Well done everyone, look forward to seeing the display this weekend.
JOHNNYB1950:XH558 now operates under civil regulations
That's your answer, its now a civilian operated aircraft flying under a CAA permit to fly, not with a full CoFA which the Vulcan type never has held.
With a permit to fly it has to fly VFR only.
There has been much talk about the end of the line for the Vulcan.
The Vulcan restoration team, The Vulcan to the Sky, is holding a press conference to make an "important announcement" about the future of Vulcan XH558 on Friday at 11.30am.
Could the Vulcan restoration be the next for the chop given the current economic climate?
Lets hope its good news rather than bad news. They need £1 million by Friday and acoording to their live web page they are upto £767000. Lets hope they get there and we see this again:
WIth two days to go i think it should be publicised more on airspace and the main flightglobal page to help them out.
The Vulcan XH588 has been saved. Aerobytes, a flight data monitoring company is now sponsoring the Vulcan XH558 with aspirations that it should be the "star of the fly-past that will open the London Olympic Games in 2012."
Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust said the prospects of seeing the Vulcan fly again in 2009 are looking good but that the Trust still relies on donations.
The amount of money pledged stood at £956,835, earlier today, against the target of £1million.
So that's good news. But more money is always needed...
Flightglobal has charted the progress of the Vulcan XH558 from the beginnning...
May anybody explain to me that what is the primay purpose of thrust reverser on commercial jet? military aircraft? antonov? etc Primar purpose? are they being used to abort takeoff? on AN series a/c are they being used after parking the a/c as parking brakes?
How to Start the APU in very cold winter season may anybody explain it please.
I have come out of my self imposed hibination from the site to post about the Vulcan. It is in serious financial trouble at the moment and needs all the help it can get. Unfortunately we cant rely on our current rubbish government here in the UK at the moment so it needs individuals or even better companies(such as Flightglobal!) to help it out! Come on people!
An anonymous donor has given the trust £400,000 which appears to have saved it for now.
Full story at the BBC
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