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Old 2nd Sep 2021, 22:02
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Jersey Trislanders

Can someone please advise what ever became of the Aurigny (and Blue Islands?) Trislanders?

Sadly I missed my chance to fly them, but now that I finally managed to make it to Jersey, I was rather hoping to find one preserved and on display here.

And on that note, I don't suppose there are still any remaining airworthy examples (anywhere)? I only ever encountered one once before, preserved in Taiwan. What a quirky design!

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Old 2nd Sep 2021, 22:58
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One was flown into Duxford, and is now on static display there.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 00:43
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Regarding trislanders still in service: Apparently Roraima has flown those at least until 16th Aug 2021 when the fleet was grounded for accident investigation.
https://www.stabroeknews.com/2021/08...-grounded/amp/
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 07:59
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Three preserved apparently..... https://www.key.aero/article/aurigny...nder-preserved

Not visited any of the sites. I gave myself a 50th birthday present: went down to the Channel Islands and had three flights on Aurigny Trislanders,
Jersey - Guernsey. Guernsey - Alderney. Alderney -Jersey. Great flights, great day out. Remember exploring Alderney by bicycle....
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 09:19
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I don't know the answer to your question, but there may be a BN3 preserved, or on the fire dump, in Guernsey or Alderney. I'm sure that the regular Guernsey contributors will know the answer to that.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 11:02
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The BN3 was a single engined design.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 11:05
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Why post if you don"t know the answer?
There are three completely intact ex Aurigny Trislanders.
G-JOEY-Oatlands Guernsey
G-RLON-Solent Sky Museum
G-BEVT-Duxford
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 11:18
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Chevron. Quite corrrect. Only one built, was going to be called the nymph
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 11:29
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Chevron. Quite corrrect. Only one built, was going to be called the nymph
And looked very similar to the Freelance produced by Des Norman.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 11:38
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ICAO desigtor for Trislanders-Tris. Surprising is'nt it?!!!
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The Freelance prototype G-NACI was rebuilt from the Nymph G-AXFB.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 12:22
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I could tell you a story about the Nymph but it would be thread creep and might take too long.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 16:59
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Oh go on. Anything on British light aviation is worth hearing in my book..
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 17:39
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
The BN3 was a single engined design.
Yes, chevron. I was using the old ATC code that you might be familiar with. Silly me.
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Originally Posted by bean View Post
Why post if you don"t know the answer?
There are three completely intact ex Aurigny Trislanders.
G-JOEY-Oatlands Guernsey
G-RLON-Solent Sky Museum
G-BEVT-Duxford
Just trying to reassure the questioner that someone would know the answer and, lo & behold, you did !
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G-PCAM was scrapped on Guernsey mid 2018 but the forward fuselage of G-FTSE survives in private ownership on the island. G-BDTN and G-BDTO serve as crash rescue airframes on ACI and GCI.
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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 20:45
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Much obliged to all contributors!

Too bad that luck failed me this time. Especially since I booked my trip to Jersey also ignorant of the airshow, which I will now promptly miss by a matter of days! But then again, I now have added value in catching it in Guernsey next year

Don't mind a bit of thread drift now and again as long as its interesting, so tell me then....what's the story with the Jet Provost I spotted slumbering here? Looks to be an early model

Cheers muchly

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Old 3rd Sep 2021, 21:38
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I've got just over 500 hours on the Trislander, with Loganair Aberdeen, mid-seventies. Enjoyed (almost) every minute.
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I've got just over 500 hours on the Trislander, with Loganair Aberdeen, mid-seventies. Enjoyed (almost) every minute.
Must have been interesting... What routes did you fly out of Aberdeen? Oil routes to Orkney, Shetland etc?
(Apologies to Coochycool for more thread drift!)
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Regarding trislanders still in service: Apparently Roraima has flown those at least until 16th Aug 2021 when the fleet was grounded for accident investigation.
https://www.stabroeknews.com/2021/08...-grounded/amp/
According to Wiki, Trislanders are still used in Anguilla, Guyana and Puerto Rico
I happened to visit the Farnborough Airshow on 11 Sep 1970; this was before I was a controller there and was still an assistant at London ATCC West Drayton.
Wandering about, before the air display, we heard the sound of Lycomings approaching; now in those days there was strictly no flying prior to the display so this was unusual then we saw the aircraft which looked similar to an Islander but different; the fuselage looked longer and there was an odd 'lump' halfway up the fin. When the aircraft turned final, we could see it was Islander shaped.
Apparently Des Norman had first flown the Trislander that morning then brought it straight to Farnborough for static display
Try googling 'Mainlander' to see further proposals from BN.

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