Aviation News #30 James Ketchell, Pilot Headset, Vulcan XM655, UAM

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Aviation News #30 James Ketchell, Pilot Headset, Vulcan XM655, UAM

1. James Ketchell, serial explorer and autogyro pilot, has now left France and has begun his flight across Germany.

James set off on his around the world trip in a Magni M16 autogyro, G-KTCH, on Sunday 31st March.

You can follow his progress on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jamesketchellpushinglimits/ and website https://www.jamesketchell.net.

James is raising money for two vitally important charities so please consider making a donation on his page https://www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesKetchell.

The journey will take about six months and you can follow his progress on http:/share.garmin.com/CaptainKetch.

Or catch up with James on his social media channels, https://www.youtube.com/user/JKpushinglimits, Twitter @captainketch, and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ketchelljames/.

You’ll also find a video I made about James before he set off on my YouTube channel.

2. As most aviators know there are numerous aviation headsets available, ranging from the Bose A20 which retails at about £1,000 to much cheaper models at under £100.

The Spider Wireless aviation headset is now available on Amazon to UK aviators.

At £129.99 it is competitively priced. It may not be the cheapest on the market but it’s certainly at the lower end of the price scale.

Having flight tested it I can safely say it is comfortable, clear, and feels durable, so it could prove to be a definite contender in the GA community.

It makes not only an ideal first headset for student pilots or PPLs, but it’s also an affordable extra set for one or more passengers.

See my YouTube channel for a video review and visit my Amazon page for this and other headset options – https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/benlovegrove.

3. Like so many other people I was captivated by the sight and sound of a Vulcan at air shows during the past three decades.

Seeing a Vulcan fly and hearing that distinctive howl leaves an impression that cannot be forgotten.

Avro Vulcan XM655 was third from last of the Vulcan bombers produced for the Royal Air Force, being delivered in late 1964, and was part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent force throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

It is now owned by Wellesbourne Airfield and is looked after by the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society, a volunteer organisation of Vulcan enthusiasts.

XM655 is available for visits both by individuals and by larger organised parties.

Individual and family visitors are most welcome to come and look around the aircraft, take photographs and have a chat with the volunteers on any Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Check the group’s website or Facebook page for details – xm655.com.

And on my YouTube channel there’s a video I made of a visit earlier this year which includes a cockpit tour.

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