"Lusty" had been due to host a 10-day programme of flying activities, but its involvement had already been restricted by heavy snowfall when a tug boat bashed into her starboard side in Norway's Harstad harbour, leaving two holes in the hull above the waterline.
On his eponymous blog, David Learmount wondered why so few aviation enthusiasts even try to get a private pilots' license. "Light aviating is the real thing," wrote Learmount. "It's what the Wright Brothers did. It's what Biggles did. It's about mastering a new element, a third dimension, the skill of navigating a windy sky without road-signs. It is liberating and inspirational.