- Piel CP301A Emeraude
April 2007 I bought a 1/4 share in an Emeraude
based at Croft Farm Defford. G-AYTR is owned
by the Croft
Farm Flying Group. We have four members
that currently own and fly the Emeraude.
This aircraft, an Emeraude CP301Ais a single
engine, two seat,side-by-side low wing monoplane.
It was built by Societe Menavia of France,
from wood and fabric, with a Serial Number
of 2229. Construction was completed on 21st
of February 1958. Registered F-BIMD.
Aircraft was initially based in France at
DAX, near Biarritz. It remained there from
1958 to 1964, visiting many French and Italian
destinations during that time, Cannes, Turin,
Grenoble, Nogaro, Biarritz, Albin, Montpellier
and Nice being amongst them. In 1964 the
Aircraft moved to it’s new homes,
first briefly at Brindas near Lyon,, then
to Belleville, From there it operated a
great deal locally, but also into South
West France, flying into such places as
Annecy, Caracassonne, Vilefanche, and Cannes,
mainly during the period from 1964 to 1968.
After 1968 there is no record of utilisation,
until the aircraft was sold to the UK in
1971, and overhauled there. It was transferred
to the British register on 8th June 1971,
and operated at Blackbush until February
1976, when it moved to Doncaster. The aircraft
was almost exclusively used for touring,
visiting many destinations, mainly in the
midlands and the Northeast, also returning
to it’s home soil for a brief visit
to Le Mans in 1979. Eventually the aircraft
moved to Bidford.
it remained during much of the 1980’s,
being used for local and touring flying
until it was purchased in 1993 and re-based
at Croft Farm, Defford where it is currently
based. It is owned and operated by the Croft
Farm Flying Group, under a permit to fly.
have been a member of the Croft Farm Flying
Group since April 2008. Flying from a Farm
Strip certainly sharpens your skill compared
to a nice big tarmac runway with a Tricycle
undercarriage aircraft.. The insurance company
put a condition on me flying G-AYTR. I had
to do 25 hours with other group members
or an inctructor before flying solo. I'm
indebted to David Pick, Dave Houghton &
Peter Merriman for genoursly giving their
time to allow me to achieve this.