Murray have us a presentation on the latest re-engining exercise for the Fletcher. This is based around a high tech diesel engine and is due to fly at the end of the month. Murray has been recognized for his service to the industry by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the New Zealand Agricultural Aircraft Association.
Thanks for those who came to that meeting when Murray McGregor gave us a most informative presentation on the re-engining of the Fletcher aircraft from the origins of the type in the US through to today. As expected, Murray’s insights covered all aspects of the modification including, testing and manufacturing. In doing so he filled in some blanks for me and corrected some “alternative facts”presented to me in the last 3 decades. I’m sure that we all learned something new on the night and gained even more respect for this everlasting workhorse of the agricultural aviation industry. He also touched on the latest re-incarnation with the use of a V10 German diesel engine, specifically designed and certificated for aviation applications. This aircraft is due to fly sometime this month.