Light Aircraft Association




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LAA Suffolk Coastal Strut
 


The Suffolk Coastal Strut welcomes members from not only Suffolk, but also Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. We hold monthly meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at our 'home' base of Crowfield Airfield. Members have aircraft based at Crowfield, Elsmett, Great Oakley, Hinderclay Meadows, Lavenham, Little Baddow, Maypole, Monewden, Nayland, Old Buckemham, Priory Farm, Seething, Tibbenham, Wolves Hall, Wormingford and a number of private strips & locations. While Boxted, in Essex, is the home to our annual July fly-in.

Visitors to Crowfield are most welcome (although restrictions apply) and flying instruction/PPL hire is available in the Flying clubs two Robin HR.200/120B, Robin DR.400/180 and Pa18-150 Super Cub.
Details at www.crowfieldairfield.co.uk

Strut 'Virtual' Meeting - 21st October - "Flying Adventures" by Steve Slade


 Dates for the Diary

Wednesday
21 Oct 2020
at 19:30
'Virtual' Strut Meeting - "Flying Adventures"

For our October meeting Steve Slade will be giving talk on his "Flying Adventures"

Steve's talk covers the adaptions he made to his aircraft, a Rans S-6 (G-MIKI), which were required as he is paraplegic. He will then follow on with his Flying Adventures over the last 22 years in the aircraft, such as Round Britain Rally's, taking part in International competitions, Lands End to John O'Groats in a day, Kiev to Odessa microlight rally, setting world records, and some views from around this country and beyond.

The meeting will again be over ZOOM and Mick will be sending out the invite a few days before the meeting which will be open for people to join from 19:15, with talk stating at 19:30

Steve and friend departing Lundy Island


Wednesday
18 Nov 2020
at 19:30
'Virtual' Strut Meeting - Airspace Infringements

For our November meeting Rob Gratton, from the CAA, will be giving a talk/presentation on Airspace Infringements. This has been re-arranged from July when Rob had to cancel at the last minute due to work committments

Rob's presentation will cover Airspace Infringements in the UK, how to avoid them, what the CAA’s process is in dealing with them and what it is doing to reduce them. Hopefully followed by Q&A.



Rob joined the CAA in 2011 as an Airspace Specialist before being appointed as a Principal Airspace Regulator and deputy to the Manager of Airspace Regulation with the newly formed Safety and Airspace Regulation Group.

His current responsibilities include the establishment and management of the Temporary Restriction of Flying Regulations and the coordination of Unusual Aerial Activities within the UK FIR. Prior to joining the CAA, Rob was a military ATCO in the RAF. He is also an active GA pilot flying a Grumman AA5 from Turweston

The meeting will again be over ZOOM and Mick will be sending out the invite a few days before the meeting which will be open for people to join from 19:15, with talk stating at 19:30


Wednesday
16 Dec 2020
at 19:30
'Virtual' Strut Meeting - Christmas Quiz and Nibbles

As usual the December meeting wil be the annual Chairmans Quiz and Christmas nibbles, but this year with a difference as it will be a "virtual" Quiz over ZOOM and you'll have to provide your own nibbles and wine (other drinks are avaiable!)

Not sure what Mick has planned, but he is working on a format that should hopefully be fun.

The meeting will again be over ZOOM and Mick will be sending out the invite a few days before the meeting which will be open for people to join from 19:15, with talk stating at 19:30


Date posted: Updates & News

11 Oct 2020 Sale of Evans VP-1 "Annie"

In July 2020 Strut member John Lindsay reluctantly put his Evans VP-1 "Annie" up for sale. He would have loved it if she could have stayed in the area, although mainly he was looking for anyone who would give her a good home.

John has now sold "Annie", and while not locally she has gone to what is hopefully a very good home up at Eshott in Northumberland.

Click here for the futher details and photos on what is a lovely story and postive outcome.

"Annie" at Eshott "Picnic with the Planes" on 12th September by Peter Forbes ©