SKYDRIVE - The Company
For 34 years, Skydrive has been the Rotax Distributor for the UK, and despite changes to their status in December 2014, Skydrive can still supply a lot of Rotax spare parts from stock.
Skydrive also manufacture accessories, the most popular of which are carburettor heaters for Rotax two and four stroke engines, and fuel pressure gauges and kits, designed for Rotax engines.
Over the years, due to increasing demand from aircraft manufacturers, homebuilders and owners, Skydrive have gradually expanded their product range and now supply many other items including engine and flight instruments, propellers, Lynx communication equipment, Skydrive lubricants (Aerolube), fuel system components, mounts and Draper tools.
Skydrive are happy to supply parts direct to aircraft owners or trade customers and offer a rapid mail order service. We accept most credit cards, and will take orders by ‘phone, fax, e-mail or via our online shop. Callers are welcome, but as we are a distribution centre, not a retail shop, please telephone to arrange a time, so that we can give you our full attention.
SKYDRIVE - The People
Another hobby of Nigel’s was developing fuel-efficient vehicles, and he twice won the Shell Motor Mileage Marathon. The first attempt with Nigel driving recorded the first ever fuel consumption of over 1000 mpg in a National Competition. The second win, a few years later, with Conrad driving, recorded over 1300 mpg.
In 1981 Nigel’s company Cyclone Hovercraft started a business relationship with Rotax originally for the supply of hovercraft engines. The relationship finished in December 2014 after almost 34 years as their aircraft engine distributor. A change of company name in 1997 was made to reflect better the change of emphasis from hovercraft to aircraft.
Nigel learned to fly microlights in 1984, shortly after Rotax took the plunge into the Microlight engine market. He was soon designing and building his own weightshift trike, powered by a Rotax 277 engine. He flew this aircraft in the 1986 European Championships and took the Silver Medal. Nigel has been a member of the British Team until recently, and has flown in all 4 classes (Single & 2-seat, weight shift and fixed wing), winning 6 silver and one bronze medal in 3 of the 4 classes. In more recent years, Nigel’s daughter, Mikaela Hurtubise, has flown with him as co-pilot.
Nigel has built several Kit aircraft, and modified a number of others to accept Rotax engines. He holds a group ‘A’ light aircraft licence and has a large collection of aircraft including the 277 trike which is still flying. Nigel is now working on new SSDR projects using the Hirth range of engines supplied by his associated company Cosmik Aviation.
Mikaela Hurtubise, Nigel’s daughter, is the General Manager of Skydrive. She deals with pretty well everything commercial single handedly – buying, selling, imports, exports, VAT, Corporation Tax, advertising, website, you name it! She’s also a pretty dab hand at technical enquiries. Mickey has done a bit of hovercraft racing, has held a microlight pilots licence (flies flexwing & 3 axis) and also likes to go horse riding and skiing. Children Max & Lois (both sport mad) and an old farmhouse also keep Mickey really busy.
Mark Hurtubise is Mickey's husband. They met through hovercraft racing, in which Mark has also had success both nationally and internationally. Mark has also held a microlight licence, but doesn’t get much time to fly now due to his family commitments and the farmhouse! He is the warehouse manager at Skydrive.
Pat Beale, Nigel’s wife, is Company Secretary. As well as a busy life running the home, a field full of horses, and a couple of dogs, she finds time to do some of the bookkeeping for Skydrive.