16th August 1999




HRH Prince Andrew cast an airman’s eye over a home-made two-seater aeroplane being built by students at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside back in April.


The Duke of York met students and a lecturer from the university’s Department of Engineering, where a project to build and fly a kit plane has been going on for the past three years.


Students following the BEng Engineering (Airframe) course at the university’s Cottingham Road campus have been working on the plane since December 1996 and sent the craft off for a paint job and engine fit this summer.


In the past final-year Engineering students have helped build the plane, but this year the work has been undertaken by first-years Richard Gresham from Boston, Phil Holmes from Ashbourne, Tom Walker from Hull, Carl Evans from Alfreton, Derbyshire, and Rob Farrell from Chesterfield


The final fitting of the engine and the paint job is being carried out by Europa Aviation Ltd of Kirkbymoorside who originally supplied the  kit plane to the university.


Once the project is completed each student will get the chance to take a test flight in The Europa at Humberside Airport.


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Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042