All three were astonished when they received letters informingthem that the CAA was refusing to issue Permits to Fly to all threeaircraft. The alleged justification? The accidents, and a single,solitary flight test by a British pilot, Darrol Stinton, which tookplace 26 years ago at the Bede Aircraft Corp’sfacilities in Newton (KS), in a prototype aircraft. The resultingsummary conclusions were:
Furthermore, because the owners of BD-5 kits in the UK arebuilding them according to plans, “…the intendedobjective does not justify exposure to the potential hazards offlight testing.” In other words, the CAA is saying that theyknow better than anyone else who has the right to expose themselvesto any level of risk, and basically treats UK pilots likechildren who must be protected from themselves and theirdreams! In time, test pilot Darrol Stinton learned of what the CAAhad done with his flight test report. According to Cox, Stinton wasvery upset that they had misused it in this manner.
In recognition of his many years of guidance and support of historic aircraft and aviation, and for his early support of the Historic Aircraft Association, it is with great pleasure the HAA announces that the recipient of the 2015 Darrol Stinton Memorial Trophy is Stephen Grey, owner and operator of The Fighter Collection.