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Competition winners enjoy a day with the Trig Aerobatic Team

PUBLISHED: 12:16 11 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 11 October 2016

Competition winners enjoying their private viewing of Air Leasing's hangar at Sywell

Competition winners enjoying their private viewing of Air Leasing's hangar at Sywell

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The winner's of Trig and Pilot's joint competition enjoyed a fascinating presentation on avionics, a private tour of Air Leasing's packed hangar and a flying display by the Trig Aerobatic Team at Sywell

Trig Aerobatic Team due Dave Puleston and Richard Grace about to displayTrig Aerobatic Team due Dave Puleston and Richard Grace about to display

On Saturday 9 October, twenty readers and their guests joined hosts Jon Roper of Trig, aerobatic team pilots Richard Grace and Dave Puleston, and Pilot’s very own editor Philip Whiteman for the special event.

It took place at the Northamptonshire aerodrome at Sywell home to the team and associated company, Air Leasing.

Following a presentation by Jon, providing a great insight to the history of transponders, Trig’s British-made products and future developments with ADS-B, the competition winners were treated to a private viewing of the historic aircraft being restored and operated by Air Leasing.

Some of the Pilot reader winners with host Richard GraceSome of the Pilot reader winners with host Richard Grace

Among the aeroplanes to be seen were the Grace Spitfire - undergoing repair work after an unfortunate accident after partial undercarriage collapse, Seafire III (a unique survivor), a two-seat Hispano Buchon under restoration, a Stampe and - almost ready for its first flight after an engine rebuilt - an original SE5 in US Army Air Service colours.

After a thrilling display by Richard and Dave in the Trig Aerobatic Team’s Pitts S-1 duo, the day closed with the chance to have a close look at Trig’s latest 8.33 radios and transponders.

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