It was a big day in the UK recently when one of our own lady taildragger pilots got to fly her newly rebuilt Champ again! An engine failure forced Nic Orchard to put her Champ down in a cow patch, dead stick, back in July 2008 and the insurance company totaled the aircraft. But that was not to be the end of G-TECC. Nic bought it back from the insurance company and the rest is history. Please take a look at the voyage of Nic’s “Champ Chump”.
I promised to let you know, so…………………….
……after 1,192 days, I finally got to fly ‘CC’ again (Champ Chump!).
Of course, the weather since that one single flight has developed into a seriously non-champable pattern, so please forgive me if I relish this bit.
The full story is an awful lot longer than anyone would want to see, read or hear, but some of the restoration pics are on Nic\’s PicturesÂ .
I owe the current frabjous state to a very experienced gentleman called Brian, who peeps from under a hat here and there.
The story is as you surmised, although the cause for the engine failure was quite interesting, especially as the engine had just 120 hours since overhaul and about 5 since a refurbished carb was fitted.
The full story is in the AAIB report, attached, except what wasÂ found later during the repairs.Â The gear collapsed because, it would seem likely, there was a long time pre-existing crack in the right leg, missed by every one on inspections, that maybe gave up in the field landing.Â Â It was a text book glide approach too – really felt like it was coming out right, so I was most surprised when things went wonky.
Great to see so much going on elsewhere with the ladies: you surely started something, didn’t you?!
‘Wish I was flying, aren’t we?