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Naljets breaks Isle of Man TT speed record in an Excel
Naljets, based in the north east of the UK, has helped motorcycle icon Tony Jefferies beat an Isle of Man TT lap record in aid of disabled flying charity Aerobility.
Read this story in our July 2016 printed issue.

Naljets, based in the north east of the UK, has helped motorcycle icon Tony Jefferies beat an Isle of Man TT lap record in aid of disabled flying charity Aerobility. MD Craig McLeod, along with Jefferies and ex-Red Arrows pilot and Aerobility trustee Andy Robins, completed the circuit at altitude in a Citation Excel in around seven and a half minutes at an average speed of 288 mph.

Jefferies won the 350cc junior TT race in the 1970s and followed it up by winning the first TT Formula 1 race. His son David was the first to break the 125, 126 and 127 mph TT lap records and achieved the first sub 18-minute lap, winning nine TT races. David was tragically killed in a high speed crash at the 2003 TT championships.

Tony comments: “I am a keen supporter of disabled aviation charity Aerobility and was asked if I could arrange an auction prize for its annual ball. Craig McLeod and Naljets then kindly offered to provide hospitality and fly the group to the Isle of Man.

“At the end of a full-on day it was time to go home. We boarded the plane and after a full-blooded Red Arrows style take off, Craig surprised us all by asking air traffic if we could fly around the circuit. Next, we were following the circuit line with me shouting out the corner names and the jet at some severe angles at 250 knots. It was a great experience and my son Dave would be laughing his head off at our antics.”

McLeod adds: “I have always loved motorbikes and when the opportunity to fly Tony over to the TT races presented itself I thought we could make a proper day of it for all.”

Aerobility offers those with disabilities the opportunity to experience the aviation environment, in the air or on the ground, through ground simulators or specially adapted aircraft. Everybody gets the chance to fly, including disabled children and wounded soldiers. Tecnam recently supplied Aerobility with the world's first aircraft to be certified with special controls for disabled people, giving many the opportunity to fly themselves for the first time.

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