I can't really bring myself to recommend Blackpool, particularly on a Tuesday night in January, but somehow we survived the cliche'd Italian restaurant where we were the only diners, survived the bri-nylon sheets in the nicotine-perfumed room and survived the experience of breakfast at the hotel.
The aeroplane which created the VLJ market was impressive and really easy to fly. The air-to-air photography was a tad challenging. I flew the C182 as fast as I dared with the window open and the Eclipse struggled to slow down enough. Although there remained a few things to sort out with the aeroplane, it was still impressive. But its problems were nothing when compared to Eclipse the corporate entity. They went bust a few times and left lots of people with lots of holes in pockets and bank accounts. Vern Raeburn had failed, Roel Pieper also failed. There's an auction due sometime soon and in the meantime lots of lawyers are looking for lots of ways to get customera' money back and aeroplanes into the air again.