26th March 1999




HRH Prince Andrew will cast an airmanís eye over a home-made two-seater aeroplane when he pays a visit to Hullís Orchard Park estate next week (Thursday 1st April 1999).


The Duke of York will meet students and lecturers from the engineering department at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, where a project to build and fly a kit plane has been going on for two and a halfyears.


Students following the BEng Engineering (Airframe) course at the universityís Cottingham Road campus have been working on the plane since December 1996 and are nearly ready to send the craft off for a paint job and engine fit.


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 will be carried out by Europa Aviation Ltd of Kirkbymoorside who originally supplied thekit 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.


HRH Prince Andrew is due to visit Orchard Park and North Hull Enterprises on Dane Park Road, Orchard Park, on Thursday 1st April 1999. He is expected to visit the aeroplane project at 12.20pm.


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Arrangements for the media are being handled by the Central Office of Information (COI) in Leeds. If you wish to attend please contact Wendy Miller on 0113 2836590 or Tina Shingler on 0113 2836597.


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042