We received Wasp XT420 back from Weald Aviation Services Ltd in Essex early last month, following completion of a maintenance package. It has been great for both pilots and engineers to engage in real life aviation operations, enabled by the recent relaxations in CAA’s Covid-19 precautions and the Wasp celebrated the 50th birthday of associate aircraft the Sea King XV666 ‘Damian’.
The engine was removed without incident, and dispatched to Weald where it will be stripped for assessment in the first instance. Its destination for R&O will be decided once all the components have been inspected and we have a clear idea of the work required. Hopefully W5856 won’t be without her engine for long because we’re expecting another newly overhauled engine to be delivered by Deltair in Hampshire later this month.