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The Popham trade show is usually the first major event of the flying calendar but due to bad weather in May it was rescheduled to the first weekend in August where the weather should have been much better!  Nope!   Friday evening was windy so very few trade tents were erected in fear of them blowing away overnight.  Saturday morning had a cloud base of around 250 feet (although despite that about 6 microlights decided to fly in anyway) and the remainder of the time was classed as "sunny with showery intervals".  As you will have guessed, there were more showery intervals than sunny spells.

That said, the show was no washout, at least the Gyrocopter stands were active.  In between the showers, Phil and Kevin managed to clock up 28 trial flights between them - that was 28 more Gyrocopter Grins. 

These included Rohit, a reporter for the Financial Times Magazine, Paul from the CAA and a number of fixed wing and microlight instructors looking at the possibilties of extending their training days by up to 30% by training to become Gyrocopter Instructors.

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Rohit

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Paul


In between flights, when Phil had a captive audience of people sheltering from the pouring rain, he held question and answer sessions to help people understand the workings of these fascinating machines.

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So, it may have rained and very few people flew in compared with previous years, but The Gyrocopter Experience kept the circuit active.

Click on Read More to see a selection of the Popham "Gyrocopter Grins" 

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