Today's test run wasn't the success that we wanted, but without days like these we wouldn't know what we were up against.
Plagued from the beginning of today with electrical problems, we quickly found out that the aircraft's on-board batteries and the ones in the trolley acc were dead. Despite the loan of a battery from our friends on the Nimrod, we only had enough power to start the number three engine. Once running this is usually enough to start the other engines but a generator fault on the number 3 engine meant this wasn't possible.
Another issue is the starter on the number two engine as it refused to even turn.
WR963 is evidently grumpy, but we have a list to work to and a small but dedicated team to work through the list we now have.
She will run again soon.
Hello everyone, many of you will have seen and in many cases commented on the problems we had last year,I said then that things had to change and they have, all is now in place so its time to tell you what had been done and why. SPT has been more or less in suspension from August last year, We just couldn't continue like that as we were unable to ask for donations and we couldn't sell stock in the shop as the trust Document says that the Trust cannot trade. This was why friends was set up in the first place as it could trade on behalf of SPT, after July Friends was in limbo following the departure of the new Mem Sec hence some of the problems.
So to the changes;
First and most importantly, I no longer own WR963. Over the last few months I have taken a great deal of Advice from the legal profession, accountants, the team at East Kirkby and of course my Family. Thank you all for the help you have so freely given. I have now set things up in the way they were envisaged many years ago but were not .
I have formed a company 'Shackleton Aviation Group' with a board of Directors to look after '963, this has a CIC attached (Community Interest Company), It is a not for Profit company and ALL monies raised go to '963. I have gifted WR963, all Assets( i.e. spares Package) and all '963's documentation to this Company, this has all been done to the rule of Law. The Airport and sponsors are fully aware and are very supportive of the actions taken. The above now lets us get back to what we were good at before last year, fundraising for the Aircraft in the way we want to do. Also we can now resurrect the dormant friends. Dawn has agreed to get friends back on its feet for a short period of time until a new Mem Sec can take it over so you will be hearing from her shortly.
Though I am a director at the moment it is still my intention to step back in the next year or so to spend more time with Dawn as many of you are aware of her failing health, this is a promise I made to her in October when we decided to try to make a go of things and I fully intend to stick to it, but the arrangement I have made should mean 963 is secure for the future.
WR963 still needs your help and support, she still needs to be serviced and maintained if she is to carry out engine and taxi runs this year and of course bills have to be paid so if you want to donate you can do it here email@example.com
Lastly I want to thank you all for the messages of support last year in what was a very difficult time for me and the family as a whole its mainly down to you that we stuck with it.
Thank you all,
Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, the Shackleton Preservation Trust has been forced to cancel the programmed public engine run on Bank Holiday Monday, and the Wheels event on the 10th of September. Unfortunately, we are also unable to allow public access to the aircraft at this time. We ask for your patience while we work through this situation, and we will update you all as soon as we possibly can. As I have said above, it is an administrative situation, and is not due to any form of incident.I appreciate many of you will have made plans to attend either or both of these events, and on behalf of the Shackleton Preservation Trust, I hope you will accept our apologies to you all for this very short notice.
Shackleton Preservation Trust
Unfortunately due to the forecast weather for Saturday 20th August, our planned ground run has had to be postponed...
In a statement from our Chairman:
Hello everyone, due to safety concerns arising from the forecast adverse weather conditions due on Saturday, the Shackleton Preservation Trust have decided to cancel WR963's engine run this weekend. This run will be moved now to Monday 29th (bank holiday Monday) at 2pm. Entry as always is by the West gate CV8 3AZ We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you all for your support.
Thats right to replace the recently cancelled Wings & Wheels we the SPT will be organising the very first Wheels and Coventry!
With deep sadness I bring you this message from our Chairman.
Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Trust, the Wings and Wheels day on the 24th of this month that we was hosting has regretfully had to cancelled. We fully understand that this will disappointing and an inconvenience to some and we do appologise for that. Our members did everything possible to make it work but it wasnt to be. Rest assured that we are working as we speak on a replacement event for later in the year, we do hope that you will all be able to give us your support on this, more details on this as we have them
Once again please accept the appologies of the Trust, Thank you
This saturday all 4 RR Griffon engines roared to life better than ever thanks to some work on the fuel cross feed actuators the week before. Believe it or not the engines had been running with the solenoids half closed!! Each engine fired to life after only a second or 2 each. Even our ex 8 Squadron Engineer commented " Now thats how it should happen" with a big smile on his face. Here is a few photos from that weekend.
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