The "Iolar" has not been repaired and is not likely to be repaired any time soon.It is very occasionally taken out for an engine run( by the engineers, including me) but it is not flyable and the Company has shown no inclination to make it so.It is still parked in the Commuter hangar.
It's been a couple of years since I visited. Must arrange a trip in the near future. Is Mick Whelan still the man to contact?
On a similar subject, was the tail of Anson 141 ever repaired?
Yes, there would be room for the Dragon and it would be nice to see it there either as EI-ABI or as Air Corps 18 and suitablty camouflaged.
Mick Whelan is there and always ready and willing to assist. The Avro XIX is as you asked having the rudder repaired by the O.N.E. ex Air Corps techies who have volunteered and are doing fantastic work for Mick.
The correct designation for the aircraft involved ( No 141) is Avro XIX series I and not Anson 19. I do not want to be pedantic but it is important as the aircraft is now quite rare and I believe only two are airworthy ( perhaps reduced to one airworthy) It was of course always referred to as an Anson 19 and was referred to in Air Corps documentation as such including log books but Avro documentation clearly states Avro XIX
It is my understanding that air lingus engineers working on a voluntary basis originally restored the Iolar, do you think the necessary skills and spirit still exists, regarding the air corps, there are a number of people there who have been quietly restoring vintage airframes and engines to flying condition for a number of years
It's not for want of effort to get the Company to part with funds to repair it, I can assure you.There's no shortage of expertise to do the jobs, either.I would be very loath to give it to the Air Corps as the aircraft has only a tenuous link to Baldonnel, whereas it has solid links to Aer Lingus, having flown on the Company's behalf.Also, the military bureaucracy can barely keep one historic aircraft airworthy(168 has been allowed to rot and the Avro Cadet is conspicuous by it's absence) whereas the Iolar had many years of flying done, on a semi-independent basis.In effect, the small coterie around the Iolar ran it quietly, cheaply and efficiently and did a great deal of low-key promotion for the company.
Me thinks the co. have turned the screw too much and what good will there was has vanished.
At least the aircraft in Baldonnel can be seen, but I cannot remember when I last saw the Iolar. I think it is a little unfair on Mick Whelan to suggest that the aircraft 168 in the museum is being allowed to "rot".Castlemote House still bring shivers down my spine.
I'm not throwing a dig at Mick Whelan , who I know is giving his all.I have maximum respect for him... I remember 168 flying after strenuous effort from two certain men in Gormo and then seeing that effort squandered and the Chippie allowed to fall out of flying status (when it could easily and cheaply have been kept flyable).So, if the Don can allow a very low-tech, simple thing like a Chippie to degrade, how could they be given the "Iolar"?
What is the current status of the Avro cadet?
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