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.
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Strut 'Virtual' Meeting - 16th Sep - Hot Air Ballooning

 Dates for the Diary

16 Sep 2020
at 19:30
'Virtual' Strut Meeting - Hot Air Ballooning

For our September meeting Robin Macey will be giving talk on Hot Air Ballooning

Robin is a member of the Nottingham & Derby Hot Air Balloon Club and has been involved in ballooning since 1984, having now made over 300 flights. He is also noted for balloon photography, with his work having been been widely published.

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

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

Date posted: Updates & News



It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 LAA Rally. The LAA’s rally working group and Sywell aerodrome have been working hard to develop ways in which the Rally could continue and stay true to our traditions, while at the same time keeping our members, volunteers, exhibitors and other visitors safe. However the continuing risk of transmission of COVID at large social gatherings is likely to continue later in the summer and this made the 2020 Rally untenable.

“Planning for the event had begun at the beginning of the year and continued despite the constraints of lockdown in the hope that, with the resumption of recreational flying and the prospect of further easing of lockdown restrictions, it might have been possible to hold an event of some sort at the beginning of September at Sywell” said Eryl Smith, Chairman of the LAA Rally Working Group.

“Despite our ability to physically re-plan the event site to meet social distancing, many of the regular elements of the Rally would have needed to be scaled back or withdrawn. Also many of the regular volunteers who help set up and manage the Rally rightly had reservations about attending this year, so we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the 2020 event.”

“It was a hard decision to make, so many people across the whole aviation community all so much wanted the Rally to happen, but the decision is the right one” says LAA CEO Steve Slater. “Instead, we should all make a note in our diaries for_ 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH SEPTEMBER 2021._ The Rally will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the LAA’s direct predecessor, the Ultra-Light Aircraft Association. It will both be a celebration and a welcome reunion for those who can’t get together this year. I promise, it will be one heck of a party!”