Nippers in the South East?

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TCC
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Nippers in the South East?

Postby TCC » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:00 pm

Hi I am interested in the type and looking for my first aircraft and a good stable mate for my father's RV7.

The nipper seams to ticks quite a few boxes in terms of a cheap to operate fun aircraft, suitable for a newly qualified pilot, though to-date I have not really looked at one close up in terms of considering ownership and operating.

Are there any enthusists in the South East who would not mind me having a closer look at their aircraft and a general chat at some point?
Thanks,
Tom

pilotmark65
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby pilotmark65 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:51 am

Hi Tom,

I'm new to " Nippering" too. Your Welcome to come and see if you fit in the aircraft and peruse the extensive history file and assorted Tech Manuals that came with mine.
I'm unaware of your S.E. England location but here's mine:
Currently based (temporarily) at North Weald in Essex if you are up for a flying visit let me know here.
regards, Mark

TCC
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby TCC » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:45 pm

Hi Mark,
Thanks for the reply, I have sent you a PM or at least I have tried to.
Would be great to fly in and have a look at your nipper at some point when the weather allows.
Tom

Neil Spooner
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Location: Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, UK
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby Neil Spooner » Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:37 am

Hi Tom,
I have 2.5 Nippers for restoration in my workshop (just north of Colchester).........I have another project to start/finish before I restore/modify the Nippers, so I am not sure when I will get them down from the ceiling of my workshop, but if you wish to meet up after the Covid restrictions are lifted you are more than welcome.
Best wishes,
Neil
A little help goes a long way.
Nipper G-BRPM and G-BALS
RV4 G-IKON

Andyg176
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby Andyg176 » Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:21 pm

Hi all, I'm yet another new to 'nippering' member and from Essex. I've thought about owning a nipper on and off since I got my PPL back in the early seventies. My big question is this, the prototype Nipper OO-NIP sn01 had an open cockpit and low back, is there any reason why a nipper could not be configured like that now? Since the late eighties I've been flying single seat open cockpit microlights and miss the breeze in my face.

Neil Spooner
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Location: Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, UK
Contact:

Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby Neil Spooner » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:21 am

Hi Andy,
Welcome aboard and to the world of Nippers.
The prototype suffered with control issues due to the turbulent air created by the open canopy. The design was quickly altered to an enclosed canopy to alleviate this. The distance from the canopy/cockpit is very close to the tailgroup.
In the past a "bubble" canopy was made which was wider than the original, this too created problems.
Neil
A little help goes a long way.
Nipper G-BRPM and G-BALS
RV4 G-IKON

TCC
Posts: 3

Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby TCC » Sun May 03, 2020 1:18 pm

Hi Neil not been on forum for awhile so just seen your reply, I will send you a PM.
Tom

MalcD
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby MalcD » Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:42 pm

Hi Mark. I’ve just got a nipper too. Actually I’ve met Tom and it turns out we were both looking at buying the same one! (1959 factory built Mk1) I’d be really interested in having a look at yours. I’m based at Popham (for the immediate future) let Me know when you are available and I’ll fly up to meet you. Best regards. Malcolm
(quote][/quote]uote="pilotmark65"]Hi Tom,

I'm new to " Nippering" too. Your Welcome to come and see if you fit in the aircraft and peruse the extensive history file and assorted Tech Manuals that came with mine.
I'm unaware of your S.E. England location but here's mine:
Currently based (temporarily) at North Weald in Essex if you are up for a flying visit let me know here.
regards, Mark[/quote]

pilotmark65
Posts: 10

Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby pilotmark65 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:33 pm

Hi fellow Nipper Enthusiasts,

A number of guys have been trying to contact me regarding my MK2 Nipper G-NIPS...

The events of this extraordinary year, have conspired to lead me to the sad decision to sell G-NIPS.
I had managed to get her in a hangar at North Weald through January-June. Unfortunately I was obliged to move her and she currently resides at Top Farm- North Herts/Cambridgeshire borders.A fair distance from me.

I will be arranging A fresh Annual before sale....She has only flown 15Hrs. since the last Annual.
I will upload an Ad. to Afors but thought it fair to give a heads up here initially...

Many Thanks
regards to all
Mark Gorlov
07961 408444...much prefer text or call to this number...thanks

pilotmark65
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby pilotmark65 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:37 pm

G-NIPS FOR SALE.......Mark 07961 408444 Thanks

Bumblebee Girl
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby Bumblebee Girl » Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:22 pm

Sorry to hear you’re selling your Nipper. Good luck in finding it a new home.

pilotmark65
Posts: 10

Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby pilotmark65 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:03 pm

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful response.

I was hoping to turn up at your home field one summer day.
! saw your lovely Nipper on display at the last LAA Rally @ Sywell.
Suitably Inspired, I was further driven to find my nipper G-nips
I love the aircraft but, whilst desperately seeking hangarage, it was unavoidably left out in the rain for a couple of days....I swear it shrunk!!
Ideally a shorter person would be far more comfortable in her.
She is really smart and handles beautifully.

Best Wishes,
Mark

Neil Spooner
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Location: Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, UK
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby Neil Spooner » Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:01 pm

Mark,
Do you have the tall pilot mod'? Either the extended rudder pedals, or the reclined seat back?
Neil
A little help goes a long way.
Nipper G-BRPM and G-BALS
RV4 G-IKON

pilotmark65
Posts: 10

Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby pilotmark65 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:17 am

Hi Neil,

So, I was actually booked in with Paul Grellier to have the rudder pedal extensions done. I was due to deliver the aircraft to him on the 23rd of March....Of course this was day one of the lockdown and we had to postpone.!!

She is now due an annual and for this I am flying to Turweston this coming Wednesday.If all goes well here I will probably still get the extensions done....im flying with my knees on the spar my left hand on the stick and my right hand across my body on to the throttle....not ideal, and I'm just six foot.
The seat is a beautifully constructed ,leather covered affair It has the "cargo" bag behind large enough for overnight essentials ,tools, tie downs and chocks....I wouldn't want to loose that....

Thinks !! Once the annual is completed I guess it would be sensible to offer the aircraft for sale before any mods are done.

Its a nightmare to get affordable hangarage around the North of London, Herts/Beds etc. I am near to four microlight strips that would be perfectly adequate. They all refuse to allow a "group A aircraft"to be based there!

Cheers,
Mark G

Bumblebee Girl
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Re: Nippers in the South East?

Postby Bumblebee Girl » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:19 am

Hi Mark

I know one or two taller Nipper pilots who have the mod and fly very comfortably. Most notably, David Greenwood, seen here on a visit to Breighton. Easily 6’.
Shame about your hangarage issues. The Nipper takes up no room at all and I’m quite peeved that I have to pay the same as a Zlin or Chipmunk, but at least I’m welcome.

Hope you get sorted...

Kate
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