Light Aircraft Association

  Welcome to the website of the
LAA Suffolk Coastal Strut

The Suffolk Coastal Strut welcomes members from not only Suffolk, but also Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. We hold monthly meeting normally on the 3rd Wednesday at Crowfield, considered our 'home' base, although members have aircraft based at Andrewsfield, Elmsett, Great Oakley, Little Baddow, Mendlesham, Maypole, Monewden, Nayland, Priory Farm, Seething, Waits Farm, Wolves Hall, Wormingford. While Boxted, in Essex, is the home to our fly-ins.

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.
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Strut Meeting - Wed 16th Oct - “From Jets to Wobbly Heads” by Sally Dearman

 Dates for the Diary

Wed 16th Oct 2019 Strut Meeting - “From Jets to Wobbly Heads” – Sally Dearman

Local girl Sally Dearman will be giving us a talk on her life in the RAF from being the first female fast Jet pilot to her time as SAR pilot on the Wessex.

In October 1984 Sally, an established parachutist and private pilot, flew herself from Ipswich Airport (with a well known Strut member as co-pilot!) into Royal Air Force Cranwell for her Initial Officer Training.

Following six years' service as a fighter controller she transferred to the pilot branch where she became the first woman through the RAF's fast-jet flying training system and later re-training as a rotary pilot (Search and Rescue).

Sally left the Royal Air Force in 1995 and in 1996 she joined the Met. Office, forecasting and presenting the weather for the BBC.

Wed 20th Nov 2019 Strut Meeting - Mildred Bruce talk by Paul Smiddy

Strut member Paul Smiddy will be coming along to give a presentation "A Passion for Speed – the life of Mildred Bruce”, the subjest of his latest book. She was an Essex girl who was the first woman to fly UK to Japan and on round the world

Wed 18th Dec 2019 Strut Meeting - Christmas Quiz and Nibbles

The annual Chaimains Quiz and Christmas nibbles. As this is very much a social evening with a fun quiz partners most welcome to come along

Wed 15th Jan 2020 Strut Meeting - Amelia Earhart talk by Graeme Douglas

Graeme Douglas will be giving us a summary of Amelia Earhart’s life and achievements in aviation followed by a detailed look at the planning and execution of her final flight along with a look at what might possibly have gone wrong. Finally a look at some of the ‘alternative’ theories and how they don’t hold up.

Wed 15th Apr 2020 Strut Meeting - Strut AGM

As usual the April meeting will be the Strut AGM.

Please come along and support your strut - As well as the general running of the Strut, it's the time everyone can put forward their ideas for meetings, fly-outs, visits etc for the forthcoming year, plus go over plans for this years Boxted Fly-in.

Wed 20th May 2020 Strut Meeting - GASCo Safety Evening

Aim is to get pilots, no matter how long they have been flying or what aircraft type they fly, to STOP and THINK about how they can make their future flying a bit safer, for themselves and others. This presentation should be highly informative, balancing serious safety messages with lively audience participation.

All Welcome. Open to non-Strut members and anyone with an interest in safety.

Date posted: Updates & News

21 July 2019 Photos taken during the base tour of RAF Lakenheath on 17th May 201 have now been uploaded to the Strut Website

20 July 2019 Photos taken at the Strut meeting of 17th July 2019 during visit to Waits Farm to see the Isaacs Spitfire being built by Richard Teverson have now been uploaded to the Strut Website

19 July 2019 Part 2 of Tim Palmer's (alias "Jodel Flyer") Boxted Flyin video

18 July 2019 Photos of the visiting aircraft to this year Boxted flyin on 6th July have now been uploaded to the Strut Website

06 July 2019 Nice Boxted flyin video from Tim Palmer, alias "Jodel Flyer" on Youtube, who flew in to Boxted in Jodel G-AYEH

06 July 2019 The Strut caravan made it first outing in it's new colours at Boxted today

30 June 2019 Photos taken by our host MSgt Eric Burks on the F15 Ramp tour during our Base visit to RAF Lakenheath has now been received and uploaded to teh photo gallery

Lakenheath Ramp tour photos

26 May 2019 Suffolk Coastal Strut Banner taking pride of place on the "Meet the LAA" stand at Old Buckenham's LAA & Homebuilt fly-in on 25th May

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26 May 2019 A cold looking group of Strut members infront of an F-15 during the RAF Lakenheath base tour on 17th May

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21 Jan 2019 Funded by LAA HQ, the Strut now has an advertising Banner which can be used at events, such as our Boxted Fly-in, Duxford LAA Bonus Day, Sywell LAA Rally etc

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24 May 2018 In line with GDPR requirements, the Strut now has it's own privacy policy document