|The kit arrives in a big truck at Old Sarum||Unpacking the crate|
The engine is lowered into place. It was shipped bolted to the airframe, but had to be removed to allow access to the firewall for the installation of controls and supplies.
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|Wings on and nearly ready for maiden flight||The cockpit almost complete. Rudder pedal assembly and control runs installed|
"We built the aircraft in
the hangar at Old Sarum. When the kit arrived, the first job was to fit
the undercarriage. The crate was then taken apart around the fuselage
which was then wheeled into place for work to begin. The build did not present
any serious problems. The few items that we found missing were dispatched
quickly from Italy and we had great support and advice from our PFA
inspector, Raymond Proost. The kit felt as if it just bolted together,
with minimal composite work. With the three of us working on the
kit most weekends and during the week whenever possible, we were ready for the
first flight six months later. After a thorough inspection of our handiwork, a permit to test was issued
by the PFA. Kit built aircraft are required to undergo at least five hours
of testing before a permit to fly is issued. There were no problems during
the testing, and our permit was duly issued on 5 November 2003.
The finished aircraft was registered G-IOIA, which we chose because 'Gioia' is the Italian word for 'Joy' or 'Jewel', most appropriate we think."
|The engine is run for the first time|
|We had our own decals specially made because we don't like the design of the originals.|
|G-IOIA lifts off on her maiden flight at Old Sarum in August 2003. Our PFA inspector and test pilot, Raymond Proost is at the controls. Ray flew one tight circuit, landed and made small adjustments to the rudder and aileron trim tabs before taking off again for a few more circuits.||Owner Nick is pictured in the front after his first flight in G-IOIA. Test-pilot Raymond is in the back.|