General Aviation

Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


e-Go Aeroplanes select wing manufacturer

e-Go Aeroplanes of Conington near Cambridge have announced that they have chosen local business, Forward Composites to supply their aircraft’s production wings.

Huntingdon-based Forward were selected for their composites expertise, proximity, and class-leading facilities.  They will produce patterns, moulds and finished wing products that are nearly four metres in length.

“With our first customer order due for delivery in spring 2015, we are glad to have found a local company with the skills, equipment and experience to work with us at all stages to produce the tooling and finished wings for e-Go aircraft.” said e-Go’s CEO, Adrian Hillcoat

It is a perfect example of the symbiotic relationship between two, professional, local companies working together and utilising their core skills in this unique industry sector.

“ We are delighted to be involved in helping bring e-Go’s innovative aircraft to market” explained Forward Composites Managing Director, Paul Jackson “Our composite manufacturing experience in aviation, coupled with e-Go’s drive and enthusiasm makes a tremendous partnership”.

The single-seat e-Go design has evolved from the winning design of the high-tech category of a competition run in 2007 by the Light Aircraft Association. This was to encourage innovation after the Civil Aviation Authority deregulated the very light end of general aviation aircraft construction.

Deregulation by the CAA now means that aircraft manufacturers can develop single-seat aircraft of up to 300kg MAUW (maximum all up weight) with the minimum of red-tape and delay. The company have aimed the e-Go at the 60 per cent of the UK’s estimated 60,000 pilots that fly light aircraft for enjoyment. The estimated cost of the e-Go is around £15 per hour.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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