A Wickenby company is flying high after securing its first microlight export order, sending an Australian designed craft back to its roots.
It is only the second Thruster T600N built by the production team at One Sky Aviation LLP, based at Wickenby Airfield, and they naturally hope it will lead to more sales.
And having completed the build, the next job is to dismantle it to fit into a 20-foot crate ready for shipping.
Production supervisor Phil Hoeft explained the design and manufacture of this particular aircraft originated in Australia more than 30 years ago.
“The first design was much simpler, but it has been developed over the years and this latest version has a much more powerful engine.”
This type of aircraft was originally used to get around the vast areas farmed in Australia, but now is more likely to be used as a leisure craft.
“The very open design of the aircraft is ideally suited to the weather conditions over there,” added Phil.
“It is quite a thing shipping the aircraft back out to where the design originated; we obviously hope it will be the first of many.”
And although the microlight is an extremely small aircraft in aviation terms, the process of manufacture has been heavily regulated, as any aircraft is.
The team at Wickenby pride themselves on their workmanship.
The microlight was built from scratch on site at Wickenby from raw materials.
All their crafts are built to very high standard of materials too.
And the company is also keen to support other local businesses with their work - all the fibre glass for the Thruster came from Market Rasen.
“We are putting the Rasen area on the map for aircraft building,” said One Sky Aviation spokesman Vicky Herring.
“There is such a wealth of talent in the area, not just in the engineering section, and people need to know about it.”