Tuesday, 22 January 2019


Prompted to say my name, Peter, when my little sister was a baby, she managed "bubu", which became Boo. I have been Boo ever since; my sister Beth, occasionally, is Bethy-Boo.

So it is a happy coincidence that my new plane's registration is BU 


Sunday, 20 January 2019

I own a historic Chaser

I knew I was buying a developmental Chaser, but amazingly, I have just discovered that I own the very one used to advertise the type!

In fact, I picked it up from South Wales only yesterday, with my mate Doug Clark. A week ago we did the same 500+ mile round trip to pick up the wing and another trike from Paul Wilkinson. Both trikes were Paul's and you couldn't wish to do a deal like this with a more helpful and knowledgeable guy.

Here she is now, looking very sorry for herself, 27 years on.

I shall be flying the original wing, which Doug inspected and said is still a good one, on a different trike, which has a later, more convenient rigging set-up, but which was involved in a roll-over, so that its own wing tubes were bent. Still, it gives me a spare sail and a spare engine on the red trike, unless I get a better offer.

Here is Paul, about to set off and demonstrate the white one. Looks fantastic, doesn't it!

Looking forward to flying her soon!

Untangling spaghetti for less than a P&M fortune

If you hate the idea that behind the pristine instrument panel of your pristine plane lies a diabolical spaghetti of wiring, and if you are willing to take out another mortgage to get P&M to tidy the wiring into something with the order and elegance of a good circuit diagram, worthy of your otherwise beautiful aeroplane, they now offer this as a service, I understand.

When Doug and I were visiting a friend's airfield in Wales yesterday we were handed an illustrated mail-out about the service. Everyone in the room was outraged that P&M were offering to tidy up a mess of their own making, but what infuriated Doug more was the realisation that the re-wiring that had inspired this P&M money-spinner was work that Doug had done and which they had admired when he had gone over to Manton to have something else put right on his trike.

above and below: Doug's excellent work

So, if you would like Doug to untangle the spaghetti behind your panel and make it something logical and worthy of the admiration of the best in the business, and you don't want to pay P&M prices, contact Doug Clark.

email: planecrazydoug@gmail.com