The latest changes on the UK, Irish and Isle of Man registers.
Just two new types appear on the UK register this month. The flrst is French- designed APEV Demoichelle G-CHWI. This is a modernised version of the 1908 Santos Dumont Demoiselle, complete with wing warping, which comes under the SSDR (Single-Seat Deregulated) microlight regulations. The second newcomer is Baldwin Quad G-CHWV, another SSDR aircraft, this time in the shape of a four-wheeled paraplane designed speciflcally for aerial survey work. Airliner movements begin with a new Airbus A320 for easyJet, followed by four restored Thomson Airways Boeing 737-800s, back from winter lease in Canada. Jet2’s latest 737-300, G-GDFN, is a former easyJet example that has spent the last 15 years in Hungary and Latvia, while Isles of Scilly Skybus de Havilland Canada Twin Otter G-ISSG is a well-travelled example now on its sixth country. There are three second-hand A321s for Monarch, along with a brand new A320, and a former Irish-registered A320 for Titan Airways. There are also two new 737- 800s for Thomson Airways. Bizjet changes consist of a re-registered Cessna Citation CJ2 and new Dassault Falcon 2000EX G-WWFC, which was registered and cancelled the same day and then restored to the register four days later. AgustaWestland AW139, G-VINC, is a new addition to the Bond Offshore Helicopters fleet which was seen at Norwich on April 8. It is wearing the company’s new livery. Matt Varley Warbirds include Supermarine Spitflre VB G-CHVJ, previously AD189, which crashed into a fleld near Crewkerne, Somerset on March 12, 1942. Its remains were recovered in 2011 and now form the basis of a ground- up restoration. A second warbird is Hawker Hunter T.7 G-XMHD, which is the former G-BXKF re-registered after being acquired by Canberra 134 Ltd, which also owns Canberra PR.7 G-OMHD. Irish additions consist of the usual collection of airliners moving on to or awaiting new leases. The only ‘interloper’ is an ex- British X’Air microlight. Manx additions include four stored Airbuses, a couple of Bombardier Challengers, a Learjet 60 and a Gulfstream G550.