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Mistral Pilot to Fly Length of Britain in a Day

Julian Midder
Julian Midder and his Aviasud Mistral

In another example of the growing interest in cross-country and long-distance flying, U.K. pilot Julian Midder has announced he will fly his Aviasud Mistral the length of Britain in one day, starting in Wiltshire and ending in Scotland. To maximize the available daylight, the trip will take place in late June. The one-day marathon solo Dawn to Dusk Patrol is intended to raise awareness for the Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol and the wounded veterans’ charity Help for Heroes.

Sky Watch is a volunteer organization of about 250 aircraft including microlights and helicopters that typically fly at low altitude and can keep a lookout for persons or property in danger and also search for missing persons. The Aviasud Mistral is a two-seat biplane with forward-swept wings.

The all-moving lower wings act as the ailerons, the standard engine is a Rotax 582, and the cruising speed is 49 knots. His planned route can be seen on his Facebook page, where he reveals that if the wind is from the north, he’ll have to fly up to Scotland (slowly) in advance of the trip so the attempt can be made in the southerly direction. His ambitious goal is to fly all eight legs of the trip in one day between dawn and dusk to demonstrate the capabilities of Sky Watch aircraft.

 

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