Cessna 182S Skylane, G-EFAM and Cessna C-165 Airmaster, G-BTDE
The pilot of G-BTDE reported that there was a fly-in at the aerodrome (Manchester Barton) with “39 or so visiting aircraft” and that holding point A2 had been designated for relief parking. The pilot of G-EFAM reported that he was conducting pre-flight checks, with engine and electrics off, adjacent to holding point A2. He reported that he was parked in accordance with the instructions of the aerodrome flight information safety officer. G-BTDE is a tailwheel aircraft and the pilot reported that he was “weaving and taxiing cautiously” to holding point A3, which required him to transit past holding point A2. He also reported being distracted by the GPS and failing adequately to clear his “blind” (right) side. Both pilots reported that the right wing of G-BTDE collided with, and slid under, the right wing of G-EFAM, following which the pilot of G-BTDE shut down his aircraft. G-BTDE was undamaged. The right wing of G-EFAM suffered minor damage close to the wing tip and was cleared for flight by a licensed aircraft engineer.